Ceramicus 2021


Ceramicus 2021 will again be held in New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Gallery (NZAFA). The exhibition will be open to the public from 16 October to 31 October.

All members of the Wellington Potters’ Association are eligible to put forward their work for consideration to be displayed in the exhibition. Members need to have their work ready to be received on 9 October.

Full details of the exhibition rules, fees and how to enter are on the Ceramicus 2021 Information Sheet

Awards will be made for work entered in the following categories.

  • Wellington Museum Premier Acquisition Award
  • He Kōrero Waihanga Uku Award sponsored by Te Arikirangi Mamaku
  • Nelson Pottery Supplies Award for First Time Exhibitor
  • CCG Award for Excellence in Hand Built Ceramics
  • Primo Clay Award for Excellence in Wheel Thrown Ceramics
  • Abbots Glaze Award for Excellence in the use of Glaze
  • Peoples Choice – sponsor TBC

We are very fortunate to have two selectors for Ceramicus 2021, Chris Dunn and Te Arikirangi Mamaku

Chris Dunn is a well known local potter with an impressive CV he has provided some selection notes to give guidance as to what he will be looking for when he selects work for the exhibition.

Te Arikirangi Mamaku is part of the Repatriation team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and has provided information about the He Kōrero Waihanga Uku Award.

The He Korero Waihanga Uku award returns to Ceramicus where members are invited to submit work inspired by stories. The theme for this year’s award calls on potters to interpret the poem, ‘Matariki, e’. Written by Hinemoana Baker (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira), a queer takataapui Māori writer and poet based in Berlin, the poem draws on the tradition of Matariki as a time to reflect, heal and grow. “It is about endings but also beginnings,” says Baker. “It’s also a poem with lots of high contrast imagery – darkness flared with fire, the day fired by sun, the night by the moon.” This award will be judged and sponsored by Te Arikirangi.

Members are encouraged to submit with their entries a short kōrero or story (100-400 words) about their piece and its connection to the poem and its themes.

This is the third Ceramicus exhibition that ‘He Kōrero Waihanga Uku’ has been featured in, following the inaugural award in 2017, and is dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Stephen Mamaku (Te Arawa, Mataatua), a loving father, custodian of traditional knowledge, and an inspirational storyteller.

Listen to Baker read the poem ‘Matariki, e’ on this video.

Key Dates

Sunday 29 August
The final day to have your work on the shelves to guarantee they will be bisque fired in time for the exhibition.

Sunday 19 September
The final day to have your work on the shelves to guarantee they will be glaze fired in time for the exhibition.

Friday 1 October
Online entries for te Korero Waihanga Uku award close at 10:00pm

Friday 8 October
Online entries close at 6:00pm

Saturday 9 October
Receiving day from 10:00 am to 3:00pm. The rooms will be closed for normal use all day.

Sunday 10 October
Selection day. the rooms will be closed all day.

Tuesday 12 October
NZAFA Gallery access from 4:00pm for set up

Thursday 14 October
WPA opening event

Saturday 16 October
Exhibition opens to the public from 10:00am

Sunday 31 October
3:00pm – the exhibition closes to the public
3:00pm – 5:00pm packaging and collection of sold items only

Monday 1 November
10:00am – 1:00pm Packaging and collection of remaining items






If you have any questions about Ceramicus 2021 please contact the organising team by email exhibitions@wellingtonpotters.org.nz do not contact the selectors directly.