Judges' Comments: Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award 2018

Post date: 24-Sep-2018 04:41:56

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).