Portage Ceramic AWARDS 2016

The Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition offers an annual update on the state of ceramic practices in New Zealand. Established in 2001, the awards are the country’s best-known showcase of current directions in the field, as well as future possibilities. The 2016 judge is Janet DeBoos, an influential ceramic artist and teacher. Based in Canberra, Janet brings a wealth of experience to the awards, including a keen understanding of the social power of pottery and the varying contexts of production.

This year’s exhibition has 52 works, selected by Janet from a total of 234 entries. These 52 works are then eligible for a number of prizes on offer, as awarded by Janet. The premier Portage Ceramic Award carries a prize of $15,000. Up to three merit awards totaling $3000 are also on offer. This year’s prize selection includes a workshop at Peters Valley School of Craft, New Jersey, USA.

Like previous Portage Ceramic Awards exhibitions, this year’s selection provides a glimpse of the diversity of practice that exists in New Zealand. Janet DeBoos writes, “I offer you my choices, a varied and eclectic mix, and hope that you will share the pleasure I had in engaging with New Zealand ceramics, and that you will all argue for what choices you would have made if you were the judge.”

For more information about the selection process, the latest updates and ongoing Portage news, visit www.teuru.org.nz/portage or the Portage Ceramic Awards Facebook page.

Image: Charade Honey, Urth DNA

11 November 2016 – 5 February 2017

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