Contemporary ceramics celebrated in the Waitākere Ranges

Publish Date : 11 Jan 2024
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Photos by Sam Hartnett
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When it comes to the local arts scene, ceramics is a popular and rejuvenated genre that can’t be ignored in the Waitākere Ranges.

Thanks to the support from Waitākere Ranges Local Board, the locals now have the chance to enjoy more contemporary ceramic masterpieces at Te Uru Gallery in Titirangi.

Currently on display in the gallery are the ceramic works from the Portage Ceramic Awards, an annual event providing a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary clay practices in Aotearoa.

Waitākere Ranges Local Board chair Greg Presland says: “We’re proud to support Te Uru Gallery and the Portage Ceramic Awards. The Waitākere Ranges has always been home to great ceramics, and we are pleased to embrace more beautiful works from across Aotearoa.

“I attended the Portage Ceramic Awards ceremony and the quality of the entrants this year is as high as I have ever witnessed. I would urge and recommend everyone to take the opportunity to see the outstanding art that they produce.”

Waitākere Ranges Local Board chair Greg Presland (left) speaking to Te Uru Gallery Governance Committee Member Mark Harvey

Waitākere Ranges Local Board chair Greg Presland (left) speaking to Te Uru Gallery Governance Committee Member Mark Harvey

The winner of the 2023 Portage Ceramic Awards is Jino Jeong for his work Celestial Thread: A Tapestry of Sunshine and Spiderwebs. This year’s Merit Award winners are Yeuh Luo for Innerspace and Debbie Barber for There were no night stories in my head. That was ok.

The Portage Ceramic Awards is Aotearoa’s best-known survey of contemporary ceramic activity. Established in 2001, the award is now in its 23rd year and celebrates the diversity of contemporary ceramics.

The exhibition at Te Uru in Titirangi is now open, with works of the 47 finalists on display to the public for the first time. 


Open seven days | 10am to 4.30pm

Free entry


Te Uru Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland 0604

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