Te Uru is delighted to present the Portage Ceramic Awards 2024. This annual award provides a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary clay practices in Aotearoa.

The awards for winners include:

Premier Award 


Merit Award


People’s Choice Award



Entries open: 19 April 2024
Entries close: 10 June 2024, 12noon
Shortlisted entries notified: 2 August 2024
Shortlisted works received: 6 September 2024
Finalists announced: 7 October 2024
Awards Announced: 21 November 2024
Exhibition at Te Uru: 22 November 2024 – 12 January 2025

Read the 2024 terms and conditions here

Entries are closed for the Portage Ceramic Awards 2024.

Kate Newby announced as Judge of the 2024 Portage Ceramic Awards

We are delighted to announce that Kate Newby has been selected as Judge of the 2024 Portage Ceramic Awards, Aotearoa’s best-known, annual survey of contemporary ceramics. Newby will select the finalists ahead of their announcement in October and present the Awards at the prestigious launch event on 21 November, hosted as it is each year at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery.

Of her appointment, Newby says:

“Clay is in my roots. As a child, I drank Milo from a Barry Brickell mug, ate dinner off a Chester Nealie plate, and helped my father fire a Warren Tippett kiln. Embedded in my formative years are visits to pottery exhibitions and potteries to view the works of local potters. Now, 35 years later, my journey has brought me full circle. Being invited to judge the prestigious Portage Ceramic Awards is a huge honour. I never cease to be astounded by the versatility and joy of clay: how its qualities are made manifest in practical applications such as cups, floors, and rooftops, as well as through abstract and instantaneous expressions. I eagerly await the opportunity to witness and celebrate the innovative ways in which artists embrace the power of clay in their work.”


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