Portage 2021

Te Uru is delighted to present the Portage Ceramic Awards 2021. This annual award provides a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary ceramic practice in Aotearoa.

Key dates

Entries closed: 17 August 2021, 12noon
Shortlisted entries notified: 1 October 2021
Finalists announced: 16 November 2021
Awards night: 3 December, 6.30pm (online via Zoom)
Exhibition at Te Uru: 4 December 2021 – 27 February 2022


Portage 2021 presents the 33 works selected by Atkinson from 226 entries. The Premier Portage Ceramic Award for 2021 was awarded to Teresa Peters for ECHOES, the first photographic work to receive this title in the award’s 21-year history. Merit Awards were presented to Fiona Jack for Rahu bottles and Andrea du Chatenier for Softfall.

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists, whose works appear in the Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition. The Portage 2021 Finalists are: Greg Barron, Blue Black, Phil Brooks, Oliver Cain, Madeleine Child, Andrea du Chatenier, Liz Fea, Mel Ford, Emelia French, Mark Goody, Fiona Jack, Jino Jeong, Chuck Joseph, Keum-Sun Lee & Sang-Sool Shim, Matt McLean, Teresa Peters, Louise Rive, John Roy, Rick Rudd, Takaaki Sakaguchi, Aaron Scythe, Liz Sharek, Duncan Shearer, Rebecca Steedman, Marie Strauss and David Milne, Toby Twiss, Janna van Hasselt, Alex Wilkinson and Ben Wilson. 

selection of works

The 2021 awards will have a two-stage process overseen by this year’s judge. An initial shortlist of works will be selected by the judge from submitted images. Those artists will be invited to send their works to Te Uru for the final selection, where the judge will select the exhibiting works and award winners.

Due to disruptions from Covid-19, this year we welcome previously unexhibited artwork created in 2020 as well as 2021.

Read the 2021 terms and conditions here.


Te Uru is delighted to announce the judge for the Portage Ceramic Awards 2021. For the second time in its 21 year history, a New Zealander will take this prestigious role: two-time Premier Award winner, Raewyn Atkinson, who will select finalists and winners.

Over the course of a 30-year practice Raewyn has received numerous other prestigious art awards, most recently the Juror’s Award at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2015 in South Korea. Her work was also included in the curated 2010 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Korero: Ceramics in Conversation. Residencies and visiting artist experiences include the Shigaraki Ceramic Centre, Japan, the Canberra School of Arts, Australia, the University of Manoa, Hawaii, and the School of Art Practice at U.C. Berkeley, California. Perhaps the most influential residency, however, has been the Artist to Antarctica Fellowship awarded in 2000, which encouraged Atkinson to continue exploring the qualities of porcelain as an expressive medium.

Her solo project I too am in paradise was recently shown at Objectspace and The Dowse Art Museum, and her work is held by many private and public, national and international collections, including Te Papa, New Zealand, the Los Angeles County Museum, USA, and the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Japan.


For the latest updates and ongoing Portage news, keep an eye on this page via teuru.org.nz/portage or the Portage Ceramic Awards Facebook page.

Image: Madeleine Child, Circus of rings

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