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Join Te Uru for a floor talk with the Portage Ceramic Awards 2023 judge, John Parker.

John Parker is an award-winning ceramic artist who has exhibited widely in Aotearoa and internationally. Notable solo exhibitions have been held at the Dowse Art Museum, Wellington in 1981 and at Objectspace, Auckland in 2005. In 2002 City Gallery Wellington presented retrospective John Parker: Ceramics, and in 2016 Te Uru staged John Parker: Cause and Effect, surveying the artist’s 50-year career in pottery.

Parker gained a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London in 1975. He returned to Aotearoa to take up the post of Director of the Auckland Studio Potters centre in 1977 and was made a life member in 1999. Among the many honours he has received, Parker was awarded a Waitākere City Millenium Medal for services to the community in 2000 and was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2010.

The Portage Ceramic Awards is an annual award providing a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary clay practices in Aotearoa. Established in 2001, the Portage Ceramic Awards is a hallmark event for Aotearoa’s ceramics community, showcasing some of the best work currently being made, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.


  • Free


  • Sat 02 Dec


  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm


  • 420 Titirangi Road
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, 0604