Recent Announcements

Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award $10,000

posted 10 Dec 2017, 19:59 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 11 Dec 2017, 12:53 ]

The Trustees of the Rick Rudd Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award.

$10,000 will be awarded to the entrant selected by the trustees, studio potter, Rick Rudd; ceramic artist and co-owner of Rayner Brothers Gallery, Paul Rayner and IT consultant and art collector with a focus on ceramics, Tom Seaman.

The Trustees would appreciate the attached information and entry form being passed on to anyone who may be interested.

For enquiries phone 06 348 5555 or email 

Bronwynne Cornish

posted 10 Dec 2017, 19:56 by Rick Rudd

I've known Bronwynne since the later 1970s. In 1978 we were included in Four Approaches to Ceramics with Rosemarie Brittain (now McClay) and John Parker at Peter Webb Galleries in Auckland.
In 1981 I bought Corona Corona, the typewriter she made as part of an exhibition at Albany Village Pottery, where everything was displayed in aquaria, complete with fish. It's now part of my New Zealand historical collection and one of my earliest ceramic purchases.

In 1988 we were 2 of 13 participants in the first (and only) New Zealand Ceramics Symposium in Dunedin. The participants spent three weeks together working intensively, getting to know each other and discussing ceramics, the meaning of life and everything in between. That time together created a group of p[otters with long lasting friendships.

Bronwynne was born in Wellington in 1945. She was introduced to clay in 1964 and her mentor was Helen Mason. Her life partner is the artist Denys Watkins and they have two daughters Rachael and Esther.

For many years Bronwynne has been, and continues to be, a very individual personality on the studio ceramics scene. She has made sculptures and installations incorporating anything from frogs to household objects, temples and figures, many referencing historical imagery and ancient culture, but all expressed in her highly personal way.

Now it's my pleasure to present an exhibition of Bronwynne's work, which she has curated for Quartz. Her work has been iconic from the 1970s through to today and I'm grateful to her for assembling such a wonderful collection.

Rick Rudd

Mirek Smisek: The Nelson Years 1952-1968

posted 10 Dec 2017, 19:41 by Rick Rudd

Mirek Smisek was born in Czechoslovakia in 1925. Fleeing from the devastation of war he moved to Canberra, Australia in 1948 where he had a short stint at the Canberra Brickworks before moving to Sydney a year latter and gaining employment at the Diana Potteries.

He moved to Auckland in 1951 and worked at Crown Lynn where he made a popular range of vases with  incised line decorations called Bohemia Ware referencing his home region.

In 1952 Mirek moved to Nelson, gaining work at the Nelson Brick & Pipe Company, where he learnt the technique of salt glazing which the company used for sewer pipes. After two years he branched out on his own gaining a reputation as New Zealand's first full time potter.

The works on show are all from this early period and covey a clear understanding of both form and function. The majority have a manganese glaze and are finely salt-glazed. All were intended for domestic use and are expertly thrown, glazed and fired. It is often thought that these earlier works are finer and show more control than his later more -free-flowing works.

Brian Woods

The Rick Rudd Foundation Annual Installation 2017 - 2018

posted 22 Oct 2017, 16:43 by Rick Rudd

The Underwater Wonderland of Owen Bartlett

What lays on the seabed in the ocean of make believe?

A passion for scuba-diving and a long term interest in the fascinating forms created by eroding rock, corral, lava and shell has led to this current series of ceramic works.

Many of the forms are cone-shaped. This has something to do with Oceanic Vulcanology. There are many more volcanoes under the sea then there are above it.

I enjoy using clay to create pieces that hint at being something they are not. I do not want to make exact replicas of the things nature does so well, but would like the viewer to make their own connection between what they see and what thoughts the essence of the pieces trigger for them.

There are a wide variety of techniques used to create these pieces - wheel thrown, coiled, slab built, slip cast, sand blasted and aerated. All of the works are made from white earthenware clay and fired in an electric kiln to 1180 degrees centigrade.

Owen Bartlett

Owen Bartlett
Born in Nelson in 1968. Owen was raised in Richmond, near Nelson, where he enjoyed a marvelous childhood of fishing, gardening, playing with sticks and partaking in every sport going. With his brother as worthy opposition, many a cricket test was played on the back lawn of their family home, which was orange with a green roof.

He attended school on nearly all occasions and in the winter liked to be the first there so that on his way he had the whole untouched sports filed to scuff patterns in the frost.

After doing a little clay work in the final year of school, Owen managed to get work in the pottery studio of Peter Gibbs and Julie Warren. From there he moved to work and train with Royce McGlashen in Brightwater, Nelson.

After five years at the McGlashen Pottery Owen went to see the world, working in a pottery in Yorkshire in England, teaching pottery in Connecticut, USA and working in the hosiery department at Harrods in London.

On his return to New Zealand in 1997 the Owen Bartlett Pottery was established. Owen produces a range of hand made, designer tableware and some limited edition sculptural clay art pieces fro exhibitions and competitions.

in 1998 he met Katie Gold, who is a clay artist of some note, and in 2000 they purchased a 100 year old house in Upper Moutere Village, where they share a studio and gallery. The house is white with a blue roof and there is over an acre of garden with about 200 roses. Their two marvelous cats and a cheeky little dog live there to, and they plan to live happily ever after.

Made in Whanganui

posted 22 Oct 2017, 16:19 by Rick Rudd

This group of works has been collected to show the diversity of studio ceramics made in Whanganui since the 1950s. Several makers have made a significant contribution to the pottery scene hers.

In the late 1950s Mavis Jack was a national agent for the English Podmore Clays and Bricesco Electric Kilns. She was one of 15 invited potters to exhibit in the first New Zealand Studio potters' Exhibition (1957) and was a foundling member of the New Zealand Society of Potters in 1963.

 Agnes Smith was, for many years, the leading light of pottery in Whanganui and headed a group of potters who set up the Whanganui Potters Society in 1975.

In the 1980s and 1990s George Kojis was the full time ceramics tutor at the Whanganui Regional Community College (later Wanganui Polytechnic, now UCOL). Several other potters shown within this group of works (including me) were employed as part time tutors. Eventually, after difficulties within the Department, and a decline in the number of students, it was closed and the equipment dispersed.

Recently, with a resurgence of interest in working with clay, Andrea du Chatenier has re-introduced some ceramics (and a kiln) to the Art Department at UCOL, and April Pearson is the tutor or regular beginners courses at Wanganui Potters Society.

There continues to be a small but serious group of clay workers in Whanganui.

Peter Hawkesby cup added to the permanent collection

posted 22 Oct 2017, 16:02 by Rick Rudd

Cup, 180 by Peter Hawkesby

NZ potters 58th National Exhibition ENDED

posted 22 Aug 2017, 21:30 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 10 Dec 2017, 19:42 ]

It is my pleasure to resent the 2017 New Zealand Potters 58th National Exhibition.

I joined the Society in 1979 as part of the last group of potters whose work had to be successfully assessed before they were accepted into the Society (the following year the Society was opened up to anyone who paid the subscription). Between 1988 and 1991 I was president of the Society and in 2016 I was made a Life Member.

In 1987 I was convenor of the Society’s convention here in Whanganui, and organiser of the Exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery. For that exhibition Jean Hastedt, Bill Millbank and John Parker selected 74 works by 37 makers from the 207 works by 86 makers who submitted.

This year Paul Winspear, the selector, chose 67 works by 35 makers from the 95 works submitted by 46 makers.

Of the 37 exhibitors from 1987 only four are exhibiting this year: Anneke Borren, Royce McGlashen, Gaeleen Morley and myself.

I would like to thank all those involved in the organisation and participation of this exhibition and especially commend Aimée McLeod for her work as the organiser of this and the other two NZ Potters exhibitions she has organised this year.

I hope you enjoy the exhibition, it is good to see NZ potters return to Whanganui thirty years after they were last here.

Rick Rudd


New Zealand Delft a survey of work of Anneke Borren ENDED

posted 8 Jul 2017, 18:34 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 22 Oct 2017, 16:21 ]

Delft is known for its on-glaze decorated ware. It was developed in the 16th century reaching a peal in the 17th and 18th centuries.

At this time Europe was importing decorated porcelain from China. Because European potters did not have the capability to make porcelain buff coloured clays were coated with an opaque white tin glaze which then had the decoration painted on the dry clay before firing.

Anneke Borren has taken this quintessentially Dutch technique and reinvented it in a contemporary style. Recently she has glazed without painted decoration but has incorporated some carved designs.

She has worked with clay for 50 years and kept an extensive collection of her work.

Anneke decided on a change in lifestyle and, as part of this has, with extreme generosity, gifted this entire exhibition of selected works from throughout her career to the Rick Rudd Foundation.

Rick Rudd

Anneke was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 1946. She began to learn to throw on the potter's wheel at the age of 12 and emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1963.

She attended the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch in 1966. She worked in the Royal Dutch Delft Factory, Delft in 1967. In 1968 and 1969 she worked in Denmark and Sweden, returning to New Zealand in late 1969.

Between 1977 and 1981 she toured and studied in the USA, Mid and South Americas, Southern Europe and the UK.

She was a member of the Potters Cooperative in Wellington (1986 - 1993), a lecturer at Whitirea Polytechnic, Porirua (1988 - 1993) and the Education Officer and Public Programmes Coordinator at the Dowse Art Museum (1995 - 2000).

Anneke has been an elected artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts since 1974, was president of the New Zealand Society of Potters (1997 - 2000) and was made a life member in 2011.

Her work has been illustrated in numerous books and is held in private collections and museums throughout New Zealand and around the world including the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa and Museum Booymans van Beunigen, Rotterdam.

Anneke was married to sculptor/carver Owen Mapp between 1971 and 1993 and has two daughters, Tahi and Tamara.

Boys of the 70s from the Simon Manchester Collection

posted 8 Jul 2017, 18:14 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 22 Aug 2017, 21:36 ]

Richard Stratton (born 1970), Paul Maseyk (born 1974) and Andy Kingston (born 1979) are three of the most exiting potters today. Their work is vessel-based but really objects are vessels of expression of their ideas and utility is total inconsequential. Their pieces are more at home in the art gallery than the craft shop.

At the moment many practitioners in clay are concerned little with techniques and craftsmanship but these three, because they were all academically trained, have taken the techniques they require to produce their work and honed them to a high degree.

I hope you are as excited by this exhibition as I am and my gratitude goes to Simon for lending this stunning collection. Sharing such a wonderful group or works for an extended period is extremely generous.

Rick Rudd

Molle exhibition ENDED

posted 22 Jan 2017, 13:51 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 8 Jul 2017, 18:04 ]

Works by Molly Goodsell, who worked in Timaru in the 1950s.

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