The Quarry Ceramic Awards for 2023 opened on Friday 13 October 2023 5pm.
See the online catalogue to read the technical notes and inspiration behind this year’s entries. A video of the Judge’s comments with the winners is available below (keep scrolling)
People’s Choice Voting
Vote for your favourite QCA23 entry with the People’s Choice online form or in the Gallery. Winner receives a 4-week residency with Driving Creek Pottery and $1000 to spend on clay, glazes and firings. Voting open until Saturday 11 November.
Online form: https://forms.gle/apVLTBmHi5zHBwgbA
WINNERS OF QCA23
Premier Open Ceramic Award – Claire Preen from Auckland for “Not Forgetting”. $1500 in cash + Primo and Claybright prizes sponsored by Quarry Arts Centre, Creative Northland, Primo and Claybright.
Quarry Kiln Award – Els Van Drunen from Whangarei for “Vase”. Up to $500 use of Quarry Kilns sponsored by Quarry Arts Centre.
Kiwi Underglaze Prize – Rom Marinkovich from Albany, Auckland, for “MFL Rocket Vessel” – a set of 20 x 100ml Kiwi Underglaze + $100 Prezzy Card
Macs Mud Prize – Maak Bow from Kaiwaka for “The Thing in Itself”. A 10kg bag of each of the Mac’s Mud Clay Range + $100 Prezzy Card.
Abbots Glazes Prize – Monica McCormack from Paraparaumu for “Swan Emerging”. $300 Voucher.
CCG Prize – Linette van Greunen from Whangarei for “The world above, around and below us”. – $250 voucher.
The Exhibition consists of 43 pieces from around Aotearoa, show-casing the talents of ceramic artists residing in New Zealand. All pieces will be for sale. Click here for online catalogue or button below.
SPONSORS AND PRIZE POOL
A huge thank you to our sponsors for the 2023 Quarry Ceramic Awards!
Open Ceramic Award – Top Prize – $2000 in cash and prizes – Sponsored by Creative Northland and the Quarry Arts Centre.
Judges’ Merit Awards
Macs Mud Prize
- A 10kg bag of each of the Mac’s Mud Clay Range
- $100 Prezzy Card
Kiwi Underglaze Prize
- Set of 20 x 100ml Kiwi Underglaze
- $100 Prezzy Card
Primo Clay Prize
- $400 Voucher
Abbots Glazes Prize
- $300 Voucher
- $250 voucher
- $100 Voucher
Quarry Kiln Award – Up to $500 use of Quarry Kilns
People’s Choice Award – 4 week residency at Driving Creek + $1000 to spend on clay, glazes and firings
Join us for the opening night on Friday 13th October to find out who wins!
A quick history of the Quarry Ceramic Awards
The Quarry Ceramic Awards are proudly hosted by the Northland Craft Trust and exhibited in the Yvonne Rust Gallery, at the Quarry Arts Centre (Whangarei). The Awards are a National Competition with works accepted from around Aotearoa, as long as they are made from predominantly ceramic. The Awards are “open” meaning there is no criteria for entries – anything goes, small, large, vessel, sculpture. In 2022 communications about the QCA, a size restriction was going to be in place. However, this has been removed, and all sizes are welcome. We welcome the wide-variety of art that is submitted each year.
A ceramics awards of some kind has been running in Northland for 20 years. For the first 15 years it came under the name of the ‘Northland Potters Award’. This was started by Susie Leigh Rogers as part of an initiative with New Zealand Potters to celebrate local ceramics artists. This event was for Northland potters only and was a $1000 acquisitive award sponsored by the Whangarei District Council. You can see the pottery acquired by the WDC during this time in Forum North and Botanica Gardens.
In 2018 the coordination of the Awards were handed over to the Quarry Arts Centre. The awards were opened up to be a National Award named the “Open Ceramics Award”, also $1000 top prize. In 2022 the name changed to “Quarry Ceramics Awards” with additional awards added and the prize pool expanded.