2017 Portage Ceramic Awards


Date 9 November 201711 February 2018

Time 10am to 4.30pm Monday-Sunday

Location Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. 420 Titirangi Road Titirangi, Auckland

Congratulations to all the award winners and finalists in this outstanding exhibition.



Congratulations to this years finalists whose works have been selected: Greg Barron, Owen Bartlett, Blue Black, Tony Bond, Maak Bow, Phil Brooks, Annette Bull, Rachel Carter, Madeleine Child, Peter Collis, Bronwynne Cornish, Ann Crane, Bridgit Day, Andrea du Chatenier, Lang Ea, Kate Fitzharris, Mel Ford, Yasmin Franzmayr-Davis, Grancy Fu, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Kairava Gullatz, Philip Jarvis, Jinho Jeong, Chuck Joseph, Temmina Kuijpers, Peter Lange, Virginia Leonard, Cheryl Lucas, Paul Maseyk, Gaeleen Morley, Kiya Nancarrow, John Parker, Michael Potter, Robert Rapson, Vivian Rodríguez, John Roy, Rick Rudd, Amanda Shanley, Liz Sharek, Duncan Shearer, Janet Smith, Gary Stewart, Richard Stratton, Christine Thacker, Stephan Thomas, Janna van Hasselt, Chris Weaver, Sarah Wigley, Helen Yau.



The premier Portage Ceramic Award carries a prize of $15,000. Up to three merit awards totaling $3000 are also on offer. This year’s prize selection includes a residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark.


The overall winner, Guldagergaard residency winner and up to three merit award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery on 9 November 2017.



For the first time in its now 17 year history, a New Zealander has been appointed to judge the Portage Ceramic Awards. Whanganui-based curator and writer, Emma Bugden, will select finalists and winners for this year's event.


Bugden was previously Senior Curator at The Dowse Art Museum, where she curated many ceramics exhibitions including Slip Cast, A Modest Modernism: Roy Cowan & Juliet Peter, Holding Holes: Lauren Winstone and the nationally touring exhibition, His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey, co-curated with David Craig with an accompanying book from AUP.

Currently, as co-founder and editor of Small Bore Books, Bugden is working on A Partial Archive of New Zealand Potter (1958 – 1967), an anthology of the early years of New Zealand Potter magazine.

“I’m excited by the recent upsurge of interest in ceramics, nationally and internationally,” says Bugden. “Over the last few years we’ve seen new work in clay by established potters and by artists developing a ceramics language in a visual arts context. I think each has rejuvenated the other.”

“The Portage Ceramic Awards are at the heart of it, so I’m delighted and honoured to be this year’s judge. The stellar line up of former winners bears testament to its importance as a definer of excellence and a launching pad for the future.”

The 2017 Award Winners...

Congratulations to the 2017 Portage Ceramic award winners.  Premiere Award winner - Richard Stratton. Merit Award Winners: John Parker, Cheryl Lucas and Amanda Shanley. Residency award - Andrea du Chatenier.

Premiere Award winner - Richard Stratton, Forced turn Teapot

Premiere Award winner - Richard Stratton, Forced turn Teapot

Merit Award - John Parker, Uncut Penetration

Merit Award - John Parker, Uncut Penetration

Residency Award -  Andrea du Chatenier, Untitled (yellow stack)

Residency Award - Andrea du Chatenier, Untitled (yellow stack)

Merit Award -  Amanda Shanley, Colouring In

Merit Award - Amanda Shanley, Colouring In

Merit Award - Cheryl Lucas, Milkstock

Merit Award - Cheryl Lucas, Milkstock

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