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Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award Exhibition

posted 5 Nov 2018, 14:07 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 5 Nov 2018, 14:15 ]

25 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics
8 Bates Street
Whanganui 4500

Some more images of exhibition to show the range of styles, techniques, aesthetics and other aspects of working in clay. All work in the exhibition is for sale.


Left: Takaaki Sakaguchi, Christchurch. Kokoro, Stoneware, 120 x 140 x 140
Right: Ye-Bin Lee, Auckland, A Friendly Intrusion, stoneware, glass, mirrors, glitter & resin, 530 x 570 x 560


Elise Johnston, Dunedin,. Trickling Down, mid-fire porcelain, 270 x 260 x 260


Angela Tier, Whanganui, Moa, stoneware, 900 x 150 x 150


The Rick Rudd Foundation Annual Installation 2018/2019

posted 5 Nov 2018, 13:50 by Rick Rudd

Lux & Flux bKate McIntyre

This installation explores concepts of transience and impermanence.  I'm interested in capturing subtle changes and cyclic events that occur in the natural environment over time, such as tidal movements over the course of a day or a lunar cycle.  

The carvings on the vessels are inspired by patterns left in the sand from an outgoing tide, or those created by the wind; exploring the temporal nature of these landscapes.  

The installation also seeks to capture diurnal patterns, by fixing the movement of light and shadow that would naturally occur throughout the day, to just one moment in time.


Kate McIntyre was born in 1982 in Upper Moutere, near Nelson.  

In 2004 she gained a certificate in Art and Design at Weltec, Wellington and has been working with clay since completing a Bachelor of Design at Unitec, Auckland in 2009, majoring in Object Design. 

Kate has had residencies at the European Ceramic Work Centre, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands (2015) and the Auckland Studio Potters (2016).  She has sold her work in Australia and has exhibited in selected exhibitions in New Zealand, including the Portage Ceramic Awards and Waiclay National Ceramics Award in 2016.  

She was the Rick Rudd Foundation First Time Exhibitor Award winner at the 2016 Auckland Studio Potters Exhibition and in 2017 co-founded Kaolin, an online ceramics store.

Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award, Exhibition Catalogue

posted 24 Sep 2018, 22:46 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 25 Sep 2018, 00:18 ]

A full colour, 24-page catalogue, all work illustrated. $8.00 including postage, Please make payments to Rick Rudd Foundation bank account (shown under the Donation section on the left) and put your phone number in the reference field and your initial and surname into the Reference filed. Then please email quartz.award@gmail.com with your name, phone number on the transaction and postal address.

The Foundation is grateful to the Whanganui District Council for the support in the production of the catalogue.

Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award Exhibition

posted 24 Sep 2018, 22:33 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 25 Sep 2018, 00:17 ]

25 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics
8 Bates Street
Whanganui 4500


Some representative images of exhibition to show the range of styles, techniques, aesthetics and other aspects of working in clay. All work in the exhibition is for sale, although the award winning work has been acquired for the Foundation's collection.

  

Left: Sam Duckor-Jones, Featherston, My Beautiful Laundry Basket, stoneware, enamel, paint & faux fur blanket, 960 x 500 x 410
Right: Nina Chechelashvili, Auckland, Petrified Lemon Vase, stoneware 150 x 160 x 90


Left: Lynda Wilson, Hamilton, Square Cut, earthenware 140 x 50 x 2100
Right: Keaton Hamilton, Auckland, Heart Between Our Hands, unfired earthenware clay


Left: Mandy Gargiulo, Nelson, Starfish, porcelain 110 x 280 x 280
Right: Keil Cas, Wellington, Communitea, stoneware 200 x 330 x 200


Right: Maak Bow, Auckland, Scent Of A Women, stoneware and earthenware 310 460 x 160
Left: Samuel Montgomery, Auckland, No Restrictions, earthenware, bitumen & American Oak, 150 x 80 x 80


Oliver Morse wins the Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award with his work "House of Dee"

posted 23 Sep 2018, 22:04 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 29 Sep 2018, 13:48 ]

Judges' Comments

This enigmatic award-winning work could only have been made in the 21st century.  In the genre which gained international prominence when Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003, the work of this practitioner is autobiographical.  

The loosely made object is simply a canvas.  Why is the vessel cut away?  It reveals a figure inside.  Is it the demon within?  The theatrical figures on the exterior are interacting but it's not clear what they are doing or their relationships.  The drawing is confident, lively and loosely executed (in keeping with the vessel itself).

Oliver brings his experience of painting and the theatre to his ceramics.  He is someone who has been working with clay for less than two years yet demonstrates the potential to become a force in the medium in the future. 
This epitomizes the reason for the Award being established.


    
Photos courtesy of Richard Wotton

The Award was announced by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and can be seen on YouTube.

Finalists for Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award

posted 23 Sep 2018, 21:50 by Rick Rudd

Catalogue #

1

Naomi

Allan

2

Karin

Amdal

3

Elise

Bishop

4

Cammie

Blaisdell

5

Maak

Bow

6

Annette

Bull

7

Keil

Cas

8

Nina

Chechelashvili

9

Susan

Christie

10

Richard

Darbyshire

11

Bridgit

Day

12

Nicola

Dench

13

Sam

Duckor-Jones

14

Jane

Elizabeth

15

Jo

Galvin-Martinengo

16

Mandy

Gargiulo

17

Keaton

Hamilton

18

Beth

Honorē

19

Elise

Johnston

20

Jane

Kennington

21

Ye-Bin

Lee

22

Kim

Logue

23

Maia Robin

McDonald

24

Samuel

Montgomery

25

Oliver

Morse

26

Jacqui

Overton

27

Paul

Pachter

28

Sung Hwan Bobby

Park

29

Julie

Ross

30

Takaaki

Sakaguchi

31

Nichola

Shanley

32

Grace

Sharp

33

Sylvia

Sinel

34

Angela

Tier

36

Jack

Tilson

36

Janna

van Hasselt

37

Lynda

Wilson

Judges' Comments: Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award 2018

posted 23 Sep 2018, 21:41 by Rick Rudd   [ updated 29 Sep 2018, 13:49 ]

The Judges and Trustees of the Rick Rudd Foundation would like to thank all those who submitted an entry to this, the inaugural Emerging Practitioner In Clay Award.  

Deliberately, the criteria for “emerging” was left open for this award to see who would enter.  Some entrants may appear to have already “emerged” but we decided to evaluate all the entries and now have a more clearly defined view on what will become the criteria for the next award.

The aim of this award is to present talent which has not been identified before and to give the recipient of the award a financial boost enabling them to progress their career in ceramics.

We had vigorous, lengthy discussions and had to make some difficult decisions, selecting 37 of the 65 entries received.  

The exhibition includes work from Whangarei to Dunedin, ranging in styles, techniques, aesthetics and other aspects of working with clay, from the humble to the extroverted.  It demonstrates that the future of studio ceramics in New Zealand looks lively and positive.  We encourage those not selected to continue working with clay and be part of the growing resurgence of the medium.

The person we have chosen as the award winner has been selected for more than just the work on show.  The additional material each entrant was asked to submit helped us to decide that the recipient shows the potential to become one of the leading ceramic practitioners in New Zealand.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition and find work which will excite, inspire, challenge and stimulate discussion, or simply require your quiet contemplation.  


Tom Seaman is an IT consultant and art collector with a focus on ceramics (left).
Rick Rudd is celebrating 50 years of working with clay (centre).
Paul Rayner is a ceramic artist and co-owner of Rayner Brothers Gallery (right).

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 quartz.award@gmail.com 

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
2017

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
2017


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