judge announced: portage 18

Introducing the Portage 18 judge, American artist Bari Ziperstein. Bari Ziperstein Studio / Bzippy is at the forefront of a thriving ceramic scene in Los Angeles. As well as gallery-based exhibitions and site-specific public installations, Ziperstein also produces functional ceramics through her company, BZippy & Co.

Although Auckland has many close ties with Los Angeles, this is the first time the Portage Ceramic Awards have had a judge from California. So we are grateful for the assistance of Ceramics NZ for their assistance in selecting this year’s judge.

Working in different media and formats, Ziperstein’s work is focused on experimenting with ceramic materials but also has a strong conceptual dimension that addresses politics, propaganda and consumerism. She has been described as working at the crossroads of traditional craft, feminist critique, conceptual theory and historical research. Ziperstein was included in a 2017 Artsy article as one of the 20 artists “shaping the future of ceramics.”

Find the full Judge Announcement media release here.

Entries to the awards close on Monday 6 August and the exhibition at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery runs from 9 November 2018 – February 2019. teuru.org.nz/portage