Wellington Potters’ Association held its 60th Ceramicus exhibition in 2018. The exhibition took place in conjunction with Splash, the national exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand from 16 November to 1 December 2018 at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts on Queens Wharf in Wellington.
The exhibition is a showcase of the work by members of the Wellington Potters Association.
Ceramic artist and poet Sam Duckor-Jones was this year’s selector and guest exhibitor for Ceramicus.
This Year’s Awards were:
- Wellington Museum Premier Acquisition Award for Excellence in Ceramics: Oliver Morse (for a second year in a row) awarded to his work titled “Cordial Boy”.
- Vessel Award for Excellence in Wheel-thrown Ceramics: Mal Sole’s magnificent “Wood-fired Vessel”
- Artzone Award for Excellence in Hand-built Ceramics: Wairarapa potter, Sophie Bidwill, for her outstanding sculpture “The Drip”
- Mamaku International “He Kōrero Waihanga Uku” Award (that this year focussed on the story of creation of Hine-Ahu-One): Keil Cas’ creation “Hue”
- Waikato Ceramics Award for Excellence as a First-time Exhibitor: Nicole Gaston for her work “Vagina Teapot”
- Nelson Pottery Supplies Award for Innovation in Ceramics: Dani Henke’s piece “Deer?” which impressed the judge with its twist on original and projected artwork.
- Penthouse Cinema People’s Choice Award: Christine Winbush for her “Totem of Joy”
The Premiere Award is special. Wellington Museum keeps the work in exchange for the prizemoney of $1000, and the selected piece becomes part of the permanent collection at the Wellington Museum and will be displayed at their discretion.
Wellington Potters Association is very grateful to all its partners and supporters of this 60th anniversary edition of Ceramicus. A big thank you to Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council; and of course all other award sponsors and supporters who aid in making this exhibition a special event in the Wellington arts calendar indeed.