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Christine Winbush

I believe each hand-made article reflects an artists personality and often their world view.

My clay creations speak for me! I dont have to explain who I am as a person or as an artist. Seeing my work is seeing me.

I was raised on a small farm in South Africa. My favourite activity was playing with clay at the edge of our small creek. I spent hours moulding plates and m ...

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Rosemary O'Hara

I love the colours of earthenware clays and using slips and terra sigillatas. I am inspired by traditional making methods, coiling, burnishing, scraffito, folk art and the endless patterns of nature.

I started handbuilding pottery at Wellington Teachers College in 1977 with George Kojis as tutor, followed by CEC night classes with Michael Dee. A few years later I left primary teaching ...

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Jane McCulla

I gained a 1st Class Hons Degree in Fine & Applied Art from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in 2006. I immigrated to New Zealand with my family in 2009 and have been a practicing ceramicist working from a home-based studio in Lyttelton since 2010. I showcase my ceramic pieces throughout NZ at various galleries and also tutor pottery classes.

I feel overwhelmed by the beauty, ...

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Erika Aupperle

I have been working with clay for many years.

I have a diploma in Art, specializing in Ceramics, from the Australian National University in Canberra.

I submit work to exhibitions and have picked up a few awards on the way. I have also given workshops and done teaching.

I mostly make tableware - things which have some practical function; hopefully being used a ...

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Nicola Dench

I have been creating art works ever since I can remember...

I have worked in many different media, but my main focus since 2008 has been ceramics. 2009 was an exciting year for me with the building of my studio, The Clay Penguin allowing me to work as a full time ceramic artist and tutor, teaching handbuilding sculpture techniques to adults and children alongside creating my own work. ...

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Kam Hamilton

Ceramics for me is a culmination of a life's kinetic experience: the manipulation of the materials of the earth into my fancy of the moment  a thing of beauty or utility, interest or angst. I love the malleability of the material, the time required by this primal meeting of earth and fire, and the solidity of the work created.

I was born in Christchurch, NZ. My adult life has been live ...

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Jo Draper

I have been an artist my whole life. I have always drawn, painted and done pottery.

I was born and raised in New Zealand until 1979 then my family immigrated to Canada. I spent 16 wonderful years there involved in the artistic culture. I created my own successful pottery company which was a dream come true.

I returned to New Zealand in 1995 raised a family and am now ventur ...

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Kim Morgan

When Kim Morgan first entered a potter's workshop and plunged his hands into a lump of wet clay at the tender age of nine, he knew instinctively he wanted to be a potter.

Originally from Palmerston North, Kim Morgan has loved pottery ever since he went on a school trip and watched at potter at work.

After High School, Kim attended Art School in Dunedin. Following that he sp ...

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Aimée McLeod

Discovering pottery while living in Japan in the 70s, I was hooked. It took years of moving around and child rearing before being able to follow my dream. I love throwing multiples of functional pieces, carving fine bowls, using different clays including porcelain, and make the occasional foray into colours.

I also enjoy coiling bigger more sculptural pieces with earthy and organic ...

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Cate Pates

As a child I used to make creatures and dolls out of fimo, bake them and spend hours making stories with them. Now Im grown up I continue to play and tell stories in clay!

About 15 years ago I completed a degree in ceramics with honours at Cardiff University, Wales, followed by a post graduate certificate in education from Plymouth University. Since moving to New Zealand Ive exhib ...

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Kay Goldfinch

Kay is a multi media artist who has for over four decades been painting, drawing and sculpturing in clay. Kay is an intuitive artist, inspired by cultural experiences, nature and her environment. To Kay being an artist is a continuous learning experience. Kay has undertaken a number of formal educational programs including classes at Monash University in Melbourne, Invelocky House Art School in ...

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Dave Clingman

Ceramics is amazing. You take a lump of clay and push or squeeze and smoosh it in various ways, and out comes a work of art or perhaps a simple pot.

I've been creating ceramic art for about a year and enjoy it immensely. When I'm not actually smooshing clay, I am often thinking of what I might do next.

I most enjoy working on the wheel, but I also do some handbuilding. The gl ...

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Brendan Adams

Born and raised in Auckland, in 1961,Brendan has been working with clay full- time since 1987. He has a diploma in Fine Arts from Otago Polytechnic(1983) New Zealand, where he majored in painting.(Brendan has amassed a large following of clientele who appreciate his fine New Zealand ceramics and creative and unusual sculpture. More recently his contemporary sculpture has seen him combine other mat ...

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Gloria Young

I grew up in Queensland Australia and became resident in New Zealand since 1967. Graduated with N.Z. Certificate in Ceramics at Otago Polytechnic in 1979.

My influences in direction came out of the ceramic history classes at the Otago Museum, and the handling of ancient ceramics, notably a bowl from Ancient Persia 9,000 years old. This led me to an interest in Persian pottery, and t ...

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Lesley Towart

I live in Granity where the wild and beautiful West Coast environment is a rich source of inspiration for me. I am drawn to the beauty of the flotsam washed ashore by the sea; driftwood, stones, metal, glass and bone; their surfaces worn and transformed. The bush yields relics of the past and these scarred artifacts also inspire and inform my work; concrete steps, mossy and crumbling; ancient rust ...

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Allan Mauger

For last thirty three years I have been creating vases, domestic ware and sculptural pieces, but the earthquake of Sept 2010 wrecked not only my home, but pottery studio/workshop. Both are to be rebuilt. hopefully this and next year, together with two of three damaged reduction kilns. A small gas kiln has been rebuilt and subsequent creations will be fired in this kiln. I have been producing mainl ...

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Frederika Ernsten

Born and educated in Holland, I came to New Zealand in 1960 and have lived in Christchurch till 2001. Now I live in a small village in North Canterbury.

I started pottery in 1964 adult education classes. Three years later I became one of the founder members of Studio 393, a co-operative of twelve potters and the first of its kind in Christchurch.

I started Courtyard Pottery ...

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Sophie Lankovsky

Born in Germany I began working with clay on arriving in New Zealand in the early 80s and have been on this journey ever since.

My sculptural pieces (mainly birds) are reminiscent of nature and intended to be tactile and nice to hold. I like to use more primitive firing methods like raku or sawdust firing, which seem to enhance their organic nature.

In contrast I also have ...

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Jisu Jeon

Jisu Jeon is an artist and potter currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. My approach to ceramic art is a combination of artistic expression with traditional ceramic skills and continuous exploration of form, glazing and surface decorating techniques. Inspiration comes from natures and surroundings. Daily experiences, feelings, thoughts are naturally embodied in my work. Graduation BDe ...

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Bob McQuarrie

My work is functional stoneware made on the potter's wheel using local materials as much as possible. The clays used are entirely formulated from locally sourced material. Sometimes clay can be used directly as dug, but usually it needs to be processed to remove unwanted material such as roots, stones or sand. Often clays from several sources are combined to achieve a workable clay body.


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Renate Galetzka

Renate Galetzka, Ceramic Artist and Potter

I love the process of throwing on the potters wheel. Presently I work a lot in bright colours. Jester Series is inspired by the amazing world of the circus and the magical books of Dr Suess.

I use high temperature, white earthenware clay. I mix my own Engobes which I apply by brushing, trailing and dabbing. Work is glazed with tran ...

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Frederika Ernsten
Lesley Towart
Jane McCulla
Bob McQuarrie
Renate Galetzka
Allan Mauger
Kam Hamilton
Jisu Jeon
Cate Pates
Nicola Dench
Rosemary O'Hara
Brendan Adams
Erika Aupperle
Kim Morgan
Sophie Lankovsky
Aimée McLeod
Christine Winbush
Gloria Young
Dave Clingman
Jo Draper
Kay Goldfinch
This site started out as an effort to provide ceramic artists in Christchurch, New Zealand with an outlet for their work after the devastating earthquake that essentially destroyed the business district, and much of urban Christchurch in 2010. After suffering the loss of their physical outlets in the earthquakes some of these studio artists formed the Cracked Pots Society and launched this website which gives the public a chance to again see and buy their work.

Since that time ceramic artists have found new ways to display and sell their work. In 2015 NZ Potters took over the site and offerred it as a free service to members in New Zealand.

ceramicsonline.co.nz has now been handed over to Lawrence Ewing who hopes to further develop the site and offer it to all potters and ceramic artists in New Zealand.

Contact - Lawrence Ewing,
email: lawrenceewing8@gmail.com,
ph: 03 973 5997