The Waikato Society of Potters 51st Annual Exhibition

Venue: ArtsPost Hamilton
18 August- 24 September 2023 (Opening preview evening 17 August)

We hope you will join us in celebrating another year gone by at the Waikato Society of Potters! Our annual exhibition showcases the wealth of talent across our diverse membership. Please consider submitting your work. There are many awesome awards, but it's more about celebrating you all than winning!

We would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors. Creative Communities Scheme NZ have provided grant funding that has enabled us to hold this event without charging our members an entry fee. We are grateful to our award sponsors including Macs Mud Clay Company, CCG, Catherine Vowles, Jenni Taris and Yasmin and Mark Davis.

Sponsors and Awards

We would like to thank our sponsors who make this event possible. 

Thank you to Creative New Zealand and Creative Communities Scheme funding, administered by Creative Waikato for assisting with the running costs of the event and making it possible for our members to exhibit fee-free.

Emerging Artists (those with less than 3 years of pottery experience): 

  • WSP Premier Emerging Artist Award $500 

Open Awards (open to all experience levels):

  • WSP Premier Award: $500

  • Mac's Mud Clay Company Awards: Awarded to pieces made using Macs Mud Clays, awards include clay and a Kiwi Underglaze pack.

  • CCG Glazing Award - $200 CCG voucher.

  • People's Choice Award: $150 sponsored by Catherine Vowles (announced at the close of the exhibition)

  • Tile Challenge Award: $150 sponsored by Yasmin and Mark Davis 

  • Best Mug Competition (must be functional and with handle, top 6 will be exhibited only): $50 sponsored by Jenni Taris.

Turn the Tables by Dian Parker - Winner of the 2022 WSP Premier Award

Turn the Tables by Dian Parker - Winner of the 2022 WSP Premier Award


We invite members to start working on their entries now for delivery to ArtsPost Hamilton on 15th August 2023, 10am-12pm

Entries close: 8th August 2023 at 4pm

Conditions of entry 

  • This exhibition is open to all financial members of the Waikato Society of Potters. 

  • If you are not a member and would like to join, please visit our website at www.waikatopotters.co.nz  

  • A maximum of two entries may be submitted (includes the tile and mug entries), one of which may be a set of up to 6 pieces. Items entered as part of a set must be for sale as a set, not individually.

Delivery and collection
Please deliver work directly to ArtsPost on 15th August 2023 10am-12pm. If delivery at that time is not possible, deliver to the Waikato Society of Potters studios on Norris Ward Park, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton between 10 am and 4 pm on 11th or 14th August 2023. All unsold work can be collected from ArtsPost on 25 September 10am-12pm or from Waikato Society of Potters from 26th September and no later than 2 October 2023. 

Selection Process 
The selection process will be done by two members of the WSP Committee. The selectors’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Awards, as shown above will be given at the Judge’s discretion. The exception are the People's Choice Award, which will be voted on by visitors throughout the exhibition and announced after the exhibition closes; and the Mug award to be judged by Jenni Taris. 

All work must have been created in the last 15 months and be the sole work of the member, unless it is a joint work between two or more financial members, each of whom must be listed on the entry form. The work must be wholly original and not a copy of, or otherwise directly derived from, material seen elsewhere. Submissions previously exhibited at ArtsPost are not eligible for this exhibition.

A commission of 25% + GST will be taken off the selling price by ArtsPost. Waikato Society of Potters is registered for GST. Prices must be shown in complete dollars and include GST. All entries must be for sale. In recognition of ArtsPost's commitment towards developing local artists, Hamilton-based artists are eligible to a significantly reduced gallery commission of 25% on sales, including GST, which is a discount of 21% [from the original commission of 46%].

All pots must be securely packaged in reusable packaging, which has the following information printed and attached to the box: a photo of the work, the name of the work, your name and your phone number. Also attach a copy of your entry form (a copy is emailed to you if you complete the online form); one copy per entry. It is the responsibility of the potter to deliver and pick up their work. A second copy of the form should be provided to the Waikato Society of Potters manager. Please affix a label to the underside of each work with the artist name and the name of the work to assist us with identification.

Insurance is the responsibility of the potter. 

All due care will be taken with every aspect of the exhibition, but the organisers will not be responsible for clerical errors, nor unforeseen mistakes, including accidents or breakages. By entering into this exhibition, it is accepted by the exhibitor that they agree to these conditions and that photos of their work may be used for publicity purposes by WSP and sponsors. Enquiries to Sarah Wolf, Manager, Waikato Society of Potters 07 8381950, or via email to manager@waikatopotters.co.nz


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