Coming soon…. This Year’s Portage Events

More activities are being added to the events surrounding the Portage Awards. These are worth noting so that, where necessary, some advance bookings might be secured – go Grabaseat!

There will be some special events in the days leading up to the Portage event to celebrate the opening of Titirangi’s new Gallery –Te Uru: Waitakere Gallery of Contemporary Art. The opening of the exhibition by the judge, Takeshi Yasuda, (Japan, England, China) for those intent on seeing and acquiring, will be on Saturday 1st November. Te Uru (next to what was formerly Lopdell House Gallery), Titirangi. Time to be announced once known. Watch this space…

The Opening of the Portage exhibition is the evening of Thursday, November 6th. I think tickets are necessary. Please contact the gallery.

Friday 7th – a Pot-Luck at 14 Sheridan Lane, Freemans Bay so the ceramics community has opportunity to talk informally with Takeshi. Ample parking at the entrance to the street is possible in the early evening. (School teachers use the space until about 4-30 but after that a park can usually be secured). Please bring a contribution towards a shared meal. All very welcome. 6-30/7pm onwards. It won’t be a late night as it is full-on the following day.

The itinerary is as follows….

Saturday 8th November        Clay O’Clock: Auckland Festival of Ceramics – co-ordinated by Henry Davidson. A trip by taxi van or possibly one’s own car around a variety of exhibitions in the ceramics field. Cost not yet posted. The van will be easiest.

9-30am. Start at NorthArt, Norman King Square, Northcote. Claytime: An exhibition of artists making Ceramics, curated by Chika Lim, post graduate student at University of Auckland. Presumably your chance to see what ‘artists’ are making and firing (?) in clay and a clay show ‘curated’ ( but usually what is really meant is ‘selected’) as folk working in ceramics (artists or otherwise,) are hardly thick on the ground so a curatorial process is a difficult proposition..

11 am. Te Uru Gallery, Titirangi. Takeshi will be walking and talking through the Portage show with various of the winners and artists present.

1pm. Masterworks, now to be found at 71 Upper Queen Street and NOT on Ponsonby Road. John Roy and Bronwynne Cornish – presumably not in the same exhibition…. Light lunch and juice supplied.

2pm -2-30. Objectspace, top of Ponsonby Road. Window works by Virginia Leonard.

3-3-30pm. FHE Galleries Kitchener St., Emily Siddell – glass and clay

3-45-4-15. Anna Miles Gallery, Richard Stratton.

4-30. Jason Books, books on ceramics and pottery on display in Shortland Street window.

5pm. Opening at Gus Fisher Gallery, Shortland Street – Bronwynne Cornish’s long-awaited retrospective, MUDLARK, comes to Auckland from its inception in Hawkes Bay. Speeches 5-15 (Alexa Johnson)

6pm. Taxi vans return people to their cars parked at NorthArt. Have a lie down.


Sunday 9th. Takeshi will give a demonstration workshop at the ASP. For bookings contact the ASP directly. Charge of $30.

Takeshi leaves for China next day.


Many will be aware that I was recently off-shore on a variety of ceramic purposes at a variety of ceramic events. I’ll post on these as soon as possible…. Need to draw breath first…



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