Prime Minister of New Zealand announces $10,000 Emerging Practitioner In Clay Award 2018

Prime Minister of New Zealand announces $10,000 Emerging Practitioner In Clay Award 2018


Kia ora, today it is my great privilege
and pleasure to announce the winner of the inaugural emerging practitioner in
clay award. This new award has been established by the Rick Rudd Foundation.
Rick is one of New Zealand’s great ceramic artists and also a fantastic
mentor and supporter of those who are new to the craft or early in their
careers and with this award the foundation hopes to encourage foster and
promote emerging practitioners of studio ceramics. I would like to acknowledge the
Foundation’s foresight in establishing this award to support those emerging
artists in an art form that has a long tradition in this country. The foundation
received 65 entries ranging in style, technique and aesthetics. They came from all over the country, from Whangarei to Dunedin. I’d like to thank everyone who
submitted an entry. 37 of those entires have been selected for an
exhibition that will run from the 24th of September for six months in the
Quartz Museum of ceramics in Whanganui. But now it is my pleasure to announce
the winner of the inaugural Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award and the
winner is Oliver Morse for his work the house of Dee, which I am lucky enough to have with me now. As the judges noted Oliver is
someone who has been working with clay for less than two years and has so much
potential so well done Oliver for your fantastic achievement. I’m sure we’ll be
hearing more from you and from the other entrants in the future.

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