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Change Of Name For NZ Potters Society inc

Change Of Name For NZ Potters Society inc

At our recent annual AGM in Taupo the New Zealand Society of Potters Inc agreed by majority to change its name to New Zealand Potters Inc. There had been much discussion over recent years about changing the name and considerable debate about just what that name should be with various options considered. It was decided finally that the name which was chosen best fairly and comprehensively represented the majority of artists working with clay in New Zealand and replaced the more cumbersome existing title.
NZ Society of Potters inc became registered as an incorporated society in 1965 by an enthusiastic group of potters in Wellington and has now grown to over 400 members nationwide. The then affiliation of about three dozen independent pottery societies throughout New Zealand greatly increased the effectiveness of the society. The Society holds as its mission ‘to celebrate excellence and nurture creativity in clay in New Zealand’.

Over that time pottery as a medium has changed considerably in its expression – moving from the dominance of more traditional domestic ware into sculptural and multi medium work. However despite the changing circumstances for domestic potters with the advent of imported goods, there continues to be potters in NZ producing world renowned teapots and vessels as well as considerable forays into more art expression with clay in sculpture, multi-media etc. Also over that time there have been new advances in technology applying to kilns, glaze understanding and new inventions like ceramic fibre, paper clay and computer applications - all of these changes leading to a rich and varied expression with endless possibilities.
There is an annual National Exhibition and convention held by NZ Potters inc as well as many other regional, and National exhibitions available currently on an annual and bi-annual basis for the developing potter. There is also a very resourceful NZ Potters inc website ( ) which acts as an excellent conduit for the developments and happenings in New Zealand as well as showcasing what members are doing with clay around the country and abroad. The website has also recently introduced a student exhibition to encourage our developing artists. Further, we have a bi-monthly newsletter –Clay News – sent to all our members. All these avenues and developments create an exciting and enriching environment for artists who work with clay.


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