The studio is closed to club members:
Premier Award winner – Celestial Thread: A Tapestry of Sunshine and Spiderwebs
Jeong experiments with scale and glaze to create unique ceramic works. He was born in Seoul and trained in ceramics at Kyonggi University in South Korea. Subsequently, he spent a year at the highly prestigious Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, the only dedicated Chinese ceramic arts university.
Yueh Luo – Innerspace
Yeuh Luo’s Merit Award work is made from stoneware and brass rods, and aims to foster an exploration of the inner consciousness.
Debbie Barber – Merit Award – There were no night stories in my head. That was ok.
Wild clay, commercial clay, found brick and rock.
Debbie holds a BFA in Sculpture from Ilam School of Fine Arts, and her work is influenced by her mother’s journey with dementia, as well as identity, time and memory.
Te Uru is delighted to present the annual Portage Ceramic Awards 2023 which provides a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary clay practices in Aotearoa.
This year’s judge is John Parker who is an award-winning ceramic artist and has exhibited widely in Aotearoa and internationally.
Parker gained a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London in 1975. He returned to Aotearoa to take up the post of Director of the Auckland Studio Potters centre in 1977 and was made a life member in 1999. Parker was awarded a Waitākere City Millennium Medal for services to the community in 2000 and was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2010.
Congratulations to the 2023 winner Jion Jeong and the finalists including our very own John Roy and Dominique Ford. Huge congrats to Dom whose work is featured on the cover of the catalogue this year!
The Merit Award winners are Yeuh Luo for Innerspace and Debbie Barber for There were no night stories in my head. That was ok.
The other finalists are:
Franca Bertani, Blue Black, Maak Bow, Michelle Bow, Annette Bull, Anna Campbell, Didi Chapman, Peter Collis, Julie Cromwell, Andrea du Chatenier, Suzy Dunser, Debbie Fleming, Mel Ford, Darryl Frost, Renate Galetzka, Kirsty Gardiner, Mandy Gargiulo, Pru Gudex, Evelyn Hodowany, Jino Jeong, Elise Johnston, Chuck Joseph, Ted Kindleysides, Nicole Kolig, Judith Lauvao, Kylie Matheson, Marama Mayrick, Annie Mciver, Matt And Kate Mclean, Jackie Muller, Sung Hwan Bobby Park, Aidan Raill, Kit Rennie, Louise Rive, Rick Rudd, Takaaki Sakaguchi, Mary Schollum, Aaron Scythe, Liz Sharek, Annie Smits Sandano, Sarah Urwin and Teresa Watson.
Portage Ceramic Awards, Te Uru, Titirangi Road, Auckland
November 24, 2023 – March 3, 2024
10am – 4pm
The 2024 Aotearoa Art Fair will be held at a new venue, the state-of-the-art Viaduct Events Centre from 18 – 21 April 2024 .
Nestled in the Wynyard Quarter of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, the Centre boasts an unrivalled waterfront location, and has an array of exceptional restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels within walking distance.
The fair spotlights the breadth and diversity of contemporary art in our region, bringing together leading galleries from New Zealand and Australia to showcase a range of works by leading and established artists.
This year’s fair is now under the ownership of the organizers of international art fairs: Sydney Contemporary, Art SG, Taipei Dangdai, and Tokyo Gendai. Leveraging their international expertise and vast network of connections, this promises an exciting future and will take the event to new heights.
Applications are invited applications from galleries across Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and the wider Pacific Rim region. Applications are open to commercial galleries who present a minimum of four exhibitions per year in their own premises, external project spaces, or art fairs.
To receive a prospectus and application form for the 2024 Aotearoa Art Fair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(VIP Pass and Premier Art Pass holders only)
Thursday 18 April, 1pm–5pm
Thursday 18 April, 5pm–9pm
Friday 19 April, 11am–6pm
Saturday 20 April, 11am–6pm
Sunday 21 April, 11am–5pm
Viaduct Events Centre, 171 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010.
Please note prices are GST inclusive and are for non-members. Clay prices and stock varies depending on current availability and the prices listed are for the most popular clays.
To buy clay call into the club on a Tuesday or Thursday club day, otherwise contact one of the members listed below to arrange an alternative day/time.
Lynda: 021 803 704
Cat: 021 163 7540
Mirek Smíšek was an internationally celebrated ceramic artist who lived and worked at Te Horo, New Zealand from 1969 to 1997 and his iconic beehive kilns at Te Horo were a hub of ceramic excellence for 30 years.
Mirek Smíšek 1967
Smíšek was born in the Bohemia region of Czechoslovakia in 1925. After spending most of World War II in labour camps due to his involvement in the anti-Nazi resistance movement, he emigrated to Australia, then to New Zealand in 1951.
Mirek Smíšek worked for Crown Lynn where he created the “Bohemia Ware” line, and next worked at the Nelson Brick and Pipe Company, where he learnt salt glazing. He left in 1957 and became New Zealand’s first full-time studio potter supplementing his income by teaching. In 1962 he studied at Japan’s Kyoto University, and the following year, he studied under Bernard Leach at St Ives. In 1968 he moved to Te Horo on the Kāpiti Coast, where he established the kilns and three potteries.
An example of Smíšek’s salt glazing
Smíšek worked extensively for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, making about 700 earthenware items and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to pottery in 1990. In 2011 he received the Gratis Agit award from the Czech government for promoting the Czech Republic overseas.
The two massive beehive brick kilns Smíšek built were in danger of being destroyed by the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway until a vision emerged to protect them by delicately dismantling them, then expertly restoring the kilns in a new permanent place close by, and developing a ceramic art hub.
The Mirek Smíšek Trust is building on Mirek’s legacy for future inspiration, education and celebration. A key attraction is the Doreen Blumhardt Studio where a resident potter will working on-site for six months at a time.
Other highlights include a renovated former Te Horo Railway Station, various signage boards with interesting in-depth historical descriptions of Smíšek, and a short walk through the ancient landscape of the Hautere bush, following reinstated paths that Smíšek made.
Future work includes an arts centre, workshops and exhibition space, which will take several more years of hard work and community support to develop.
Heritage New Zealand has designated the remnant of the Smíšek property, his kilns and the former Te Horo Railway Station a category 2 heritage site.
The Kilns at Te Horo
Open Thursday – Sunday 10am- 4pm
Jim Winiata Lane – off Winiata Link Rd on the eastern side of the over-bridge at Te Horo, Otaki.
Salt glazed pots – Mirek Smíšek
Jugs and teapots – Ross Mitchell-Anyon