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Nicola Dench - Tiles, sculpture and domestic ware in stoneware and porcelain  

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Artist's Profile
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.

Career highlights and awards:
  • Creating the Miramar Peninsula arts trail and Artist in Action 2012
  • Establishing the NZ Potters Mentor programme 2012
  • Selected as a finalist for the Portage awards and Waiclay 2011
  • Winner of inaugural travelling scholarship from New Zealand Potters 2011
  • Guest Speaker at The Big Smoke National Potters conference, Auckland 2011
  • Premier Award at Ceramicus, Wellington Potters Association, 2009
  • Published in 'Ceramics Today,' a new reference book by Schiffer Books 2010.
  • Merit award, New Zealand Potters student exhibition 2007.
  • Awarded scholarship to attend the Learning Connexion 2003
  • I am the current Regional Council Member for NZ Potters for Wellington/Western districts
Vessels and Sculpture

Evocative, tactile, rubbed smooth, scrapped back, full of energy. These are words often used to describe my work. The inspiration for many of my pieces comes from my environment where the sea grinds and erodes away the shore, altering and polishing and creating an ever changing landscape. Other works have their origins in my reaction to social and environment issues, both local and global, or are comments on the human condition, connections with people and man's connections with the land these are then translated into abstract forms.

My pieces are mostly handbuilt and I often use my own handmade clays. Secondary firing can be in the kiln, raku or pit fired where I enjoy the alchemy of fire, glaze and ceramic. I use many different materials as well as glazes to give the surface the finish and texture that complements the form and idea behind each individual piece.

Printed ceramic tiles

When creating my tiles I endeavour to portray a sense of place using photographic references to create printing plates. I use a lithographic process to produce my monoprints.

I am represented by Ora Gallery, The vault, Gallery by the Sea, Lyall Bay, Koru, Island bay and Made.it in Wellington; Artspace, Petone and Van Helden gallery, Eastborune; Art of this world in Devonport, Auckland; and Zeayou in Taupo. My work can be purchased direct from my studio. I regularly exhibit at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, in national and local art exhibitions and competitions where I have won awards. My work is held in private collections in New Zealand, UK, Europe and Japan.

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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.

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