Portage Ceramic AWARDS 2017

Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery with support from The Trusts Community Foundation, The Portage Ceramic Awards is Aotearoa's best-known barometer for developments in the field of ceramics.

All Portage 17 finalists will be exhibited at Te Uru in the Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition, which runs from 10 November 2017 - 11 February 2018. Winners were announced at the Portage Ceramic Awards event on Thursday 9 November, when the exhibition and publication were launched. 

Congratulations to all 2017 award winners. Richard Stratton's Forced Turn Teapot wins the 2017 Premier Award, Untitled (Yellow Stack) by Andrea du Chatenier is awarded the Guldagergaard Residency, and Merit Awards go to Milkstock by Cheryl Lucas, Uncut Penetration by John Parker and Colouring In by Amanda Shanley. The winner of the Peoples' Choice Award is Kiya Nancarrow.

For more details, visit the Portage 17 exhibition page here.


Entries closed on 7 August 2017 | view the terms and conditions of entry
Shortlisted artists notified 25 September 2017
Finalists announced 28 October 2017
Awards evening on 9 November 2017
Exhibition at Te Uru from 10 November 2017 – 11 February 2018


Congratulations to all those 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 a ceremony to be held at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi, West Auckland on 9 November 2017.

THE Judge

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.”

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The Selection Process

The selection of works for the 2017 Portage Ceramic Awards is a two-stage process. Up to 60 works will be selected by the judge from submitted images. Those artists will be invited to send their works to Te Uru for the final selection where the judge will view and select the exhibiting works and award winners.


For the latest updates and ongoing Portage news, keep an eye on this page via www.teuru.org.nz/portage or the Portage Ceramic Awards Facebook page. You can view previous Portage Ceramic Awards exhibitions and results in our archive section.

Enquiries: 09 817 8087 or portage@teuru.org.nz