At the well-attended opening event, 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.
See how we enjoyed the evening below (click to enlarge)
Photo credits: Chris Parkin