This years exhibition has faced a challenging road to get here but has come together to be one of the strongest exhibitions to date. This year’s selection was made by the guest artist Debbie Pointon whose impeccable eye for skill and artistry in ceramics has skillfully highlighted the highest quality of work submitted by club members. This year’s exhibition includes 135 pieces as well as a selection of Debbie’s own work.
This year the Wellington Potters’ Association celebrates its 62nd annual exhibition, Ceramicus 2020; a showcase of new pottery works by members hailing from the city of Wellington up to the Horowhenua/Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. For the fifth time the exhibition takes place in conjunction with Splash, the national exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand, at the Academy Galleries on Queens Wharf in Wellington.
It is a unique chance to witness celebration of creativity’s resilience. From October 24th to November 8th (daily from 10am to 5pm, free entry), Wellingtonians and visitors to the capital have the opportunity to view and purchase the region’s finest pieces of ceramic art and learn more about its rich artisan scene. They can vote for their favourite piece to win the People’s Choice Award, while also enjoying the painting-filled walls. A range of prestigious awards in clay will be announced on opening night, including the Premier Acquisition Award from Wellington Museum, where the winning piece becomes part of the permanent collection at Wellington Museum. The winning works will be on display throughout the exhibition, recognising excellence across a variety of techniques and expertise.
Wellington Potters’ Association has an auspicious membership, past and present, where many leading New Zealand potters and ceramicists have developed and refined their craft. This year’s guest artist and selector for Ceramicus is Debbie Pointon, of Kapiti. Debbie’s work in the cross-disciplinary practice of Clay, Painting, Sculpture, and Box art assemblage has led her to become a multi-award winning artist. Her recent work is rooted in natural forms carved and etched into porcelain. She describes her exhibited works;
“My most recent pieces explore tree branches, birds, and figures. The juxtaposition of the thorny branches, and the nurturing nests that create a sense of protection within the storytelling.”
Debbie will showcase her pieces alongside new works by members of the association engaging the local community with the varied craft of ceramics. Wellington Potters Association is very grateful to all its partners and supporters of this 62nd iteration of Ceramicus. A big thank you to Wellington City Council; and of course all other award sponsors and supporters who aid in making this exhibition a unique event in the Wellington arts calendar. Not to be missed.
Check out the profiles of the artists who contributed to this year’s show.