At the well-attended event yesterday, guest selector Sam Duckor-Jones relayed to the joys and challenges of curating the show and choosing a range of fabulous award winners, including:
- the 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”.
- the Vessel Award for Excellence in Wheel-thrown Ceramics: Mal Sole’s magnificent “Wood-fired Vessel”
- the Artzone Award for Excellence in Hand-built Ceramics: Wairarapa potter, Sophie Bidwill, for her outstanding sculpture “The Drip”
- the Mamaku International “He Kōrero Waihanga Uku” Award (that this year focussed on the story of creation of Hine-Ahu-One): Keil Cas’ creation “Hue”
- the Waikato Ceramics Award for Excellence as a First-time Exhibitor: Nicole Gaston for her work “Vagina Teapot”
- the 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.
Visitors to the exhibition can vote for the People’s Choice Award kindly sponsored by Penthouse Cinema. The lucky winner will be announced on the last day of the exhibition – on 1 December.
Look for the award-winning works amongst the fabulous display of exciting and varied ceramics and buy a raffle ticket or two to win some outstanding clay creations for your home or a pottery experience.