This is the second year that the Portage Ceramic Awards have been staged, with the generous sponsorship of the Portage Charitable Foundation. The award has re-established ceramics as an integral part of New Zealand's contemporary arts platform and the exhibition of finalists celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary ceramics around the country.
Richard Parker: Signals
Kate Fitzharris: Leaf Doll
Waitakere City Artist Award
Sanderson Kindleysides: Ingredients
Emergent Artist Award
Aidan Howse: Surface
This years judge, Australian Michael Keighery, is former President of the Crafts Council of Australia, Senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and founder of the Centre for Ceramic Research. His eclectic approach incorporates a respect for the traditions of ceramics and an enthusiastic use of relevant new technologies. "Ceramics should be provocative and relevant to when and where we live." - Keighery, 2002
Portage Ceramic Awards 2002 finalists: Peter Alger, Raewyn Atkinson, Claire Barton, Tony Bond, Susannah Bridges, David Brokenshire, Madeleine Child, Madeleine Child & Philip Jarvis, Peter Collis, Bronwynne Cornish, Tony De’anazon, Ted Dutch, Kate Fitzharris, Linda Forrest, Rebecca Harris, Aidan Howse, Sanderson Kindleysides, Peter Lange, John Lawrence, Cheryl Lucas, Philip Luxton, Paul Maseyk, Royce McGlashen, Nicola McLaren, Matt McLean, Mark Mitchell, Renton Murray, Stuart Newby, Onlie Ong, Richard Parker, Darryl Robertson, John Roy, Rick Rudd, Aya Sato, Duncan Shearer, Mirek Smisek, Katherine Smyth, Graeme Storm, Joanne Sturgeon, Michael Tannock, Ramanda Treweek, Ann Verdcourt, Chris Weaver, Alex Whyte, Merilyn Wiseman, Helen Yau.
6 December 2002 – 27 January 2003