Portage Awards 2016

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Portage Awards 2016 — Award winners

The Portage Awards were held last night, Thursday 10th November at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland. The Portage Awards are the largest ceramic awards in New Zealand and thought of as a 'barometer' that shows the current state of ceramic art in New Zealand each year. Although held in Auckland this is a national award and gathers an eclectic range of ceramic works from across the country.

This year's judge, Janet DeBoos, spoke today about the exhibition and the works she had awarded prizes to, and why she had chosen those works. DeBoos said, "...The thing that I look for in work is to be moved in some way. I want to be moved intellectually, I want to be moved just by the sheer beauty of things, I want to be moved by cleverness but not smarty pants cleverness, I want to be moved by an excitement of something new, something I haven't seen before, an element of novelty, and the best of works often combine all of these aspects together. But given the many different modes of practice across a country where the practice is as diverse as it is in New Zealand, and I must say, it is extraordinarily diverse, I put aside personal likes and dislikes. I can say honestly I don't like every work that's in the show, so I was trying to put aside questions of taste, and actually respond more to the way the work spoke to me."

The Winners

Deconstructed Fables — Emily Siddell & Mark Goody — Merit Award

Deconstructed Fables — Emily Siddell & Mark Goody — Merit Award

Shrine from the temple of the good shepherds — Jim Cooper — Merit Award

Shrine from the temple of the good shepherds — Jim Cooper — Merit Award

Stick to theKnitting — Susannah Bridges — Merit Award

Stick to theKnitting — Susannah Bridges — Merit Award

Woodfired jug — Greg Barron — Residency Scholarship Award

Woodfired jug — Greg Barron — Residency Scholarship Award

Clinch VI — Caroline Early — Premier Award

Clinch VI — Caroline Early — Premier Award

Janet DeBoos also awarded ten Honourable Mentions. DeBoos said it was always difficult when judging such diverse entries - it is somewhat of an achievement just to be selected and some decisions were held to the last minute and could have gone other ways.

Honourable Mentions go to: Diversity Within Conformity — Maak Bow, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers — Susannah Bridges, Pottery Made Simple: Stupid Cups & Plates Sets — Madeleine Child, White Trash #25 — Mel Ford, @newnormal — Kirsty Gardiner, Paradise Lost, John Milton Redux — Chuck Joseph, Flowery Teapot Set — Yi-Ming Lin, Underbelly — Janna Van Hasselt, Gold Bowl — Paul Winspear, Lace Code — Helen Yau.

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