Portage Ceramic AWARDS 2018

Entries are now closed for the Portage Ceramic Awards 2018. Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery with support from The Trusts Community Foundation, The Portage Ceramic Awards are Aotearoa-New Zealand’s best-known survey of contemporary ceramic activity.

All Portage 18 finalists will be exhibited at Te Uru in the Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition, which runs from 9 November 2018 - 10 February 2019. Winners will be announced at the Portage Ceramic Awards event on Thursday 8 November, when the exhibition and publication are launched. 


Entries closed on 6 August 2018
Shortlisted entries notified on 24 September
Shortlisted works due at Te Uru by 10 October

Finalists Announced on 27 October
Awards evening on 8 November 2018
Exhibition at Te Uru from 9 November 2018 – 10 February 2019

Judge's Tour on Saturday 10 November, 12noon

Artist Talk: Premier Award winners Shim and Lee on Saturday 9 February, 2pm


The premier Portage Ceramic Award carries a prize of $15,000. Up to three merit awards totaling $3000 are also on offer, along with a People's Choice award of $1000.

The overall winner winner and up to three merit award winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland on 8 November 2018.

Tickets $40 - (09) 817 8087 | info@teuru.org.nz

THE winners

Te Uru is pleased to announce local Henderson duo Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee as the Premier Award Winners in the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards, for their piece, In the Beautiful Dream. Judge Bari Ziperstein also presented three Merit Awards to artists Jim Cooper (Dunedin), Andrea du Chatenier (Whanganui) and Rick Rudd (Whanganui). A further five Honourable Mentions were awarded to Brendan Adams, Jinho Jeong, Peter Lange, John Roy and Susan St Lawrence. Read more


The Portage Ceramic Awards finalists for 2018 are: Brendan Adams, Stephen Bailey, Christopher Barham, Greg Barron, Michele Beaufoy, Blue Black, Thomas Blackstock, Maak Bow, Hayley Bridgford, Maria Brockhill, Phil Brooks, Annette Bull, Madeleine Child, Jim Cooper, Natasha Cousens, Julie Cromwell, Bridgit Day, Michael de Haan, Ian Drury, Andrea du Chatenier, Grancy Fu, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Ann Griffith, Kumiko Jacolin, Jinho Jeong, Chuck Joseph, Sheryl Keogh, Ted Kindleysides, Peter Lange, Simon Leong, Paul Maseyk, Pauline McCoy, Aimée McLeod, EM Mertens, Michael Michaels, Gaeleen Morley, Rebecca Neal, Ann O'Sullivan, Michael Page, Sung Hwan Bobby Park, John Parker, Rosie Parsonson and Richard Darbyshire, Jo Raill, Aidan Raill, Robert Rapson, Naomi Roche, Vivian Rodríguez, John Roy, Rick Rudd, Aaron Scythe, Jacqueline Seymour-Hall, Morag Shaw, Duncan Shearer, Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee, Janet Smith, Susan St Lawrence, Christine Thacker, Lynda Wilson, Pip Woods and Helen Yau.

THE judge

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. Read more

The Selection Process

The selection of works for the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards is a two-stage process. Approximately 60 works will be selected by the judge from submitted images. Shortlisted artists will be invited to send their works to Te Uru for the final selection, where the judge will confirm the award winners and works for the exhibition.

For the latest updates and ongoing Portage news, keep an eye on this page via www.teuru.org.nz/portage or the Portage Ceramic Awards Facebook page. You can view previous Portage Ceramic Awards exhibitions and results in our archive section.

Image: Mel Ford, Roll: 10,560

Enquiries: 09 817 8087 or portage@teuru.org.nz