Lo­cal pot­ters win merit awards

Lo­cals add to their prize haul again

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By PAUL BROOKS

Whanganui pot­ters An­drea Du Chate­nier and Rick Rudd have ac­cu­mu­lated plenty of prizes for their ce­ramic works over the years, but they both re­cently added to their tally by each win­ning merit awards at the Portage Ce­ramic Awards 2018.

The win­ners were an­nounced at a cer­e­mony at Te Uru Waita¯ kere Con­tem­po­rary Gallery in Ti­ti­rangi, Auck­land on Novem­ber 8.

An­drea, a Fine Arts Lec­turer on the Bach­e­lor of De­sign & Arts at UCOL Whanganui and a suc­cess­ful artist, has re­cently re­turned from Den­mark, hav­ing last year won a res­i­dency at the In­ter­na­tional Ce­ramic Cen­tre in Guldager­gaard. Soon she is off to the US to en­joy three months’ res­i­dency at Ver­mont Stu­dio Cen­tre as a re­sult of pick­ing up the Wal­lace Arts Trust Ver­mont Award for her work Un­ti­tled (Ce­les­tial Blue Cave Draw­ing). The award is pre­sented to New Zealand artists for work in con­tem­po­rary paint­ing, sculp­ture and photography,

“That’s quite big for me, in that it’s ce­ram­ics in an open field of art,” she says.

Rick is owner and cu­ra­tor of Quartz Mu­seum of Stu­dio Ce­ram­ics in Whanganui and also a suc­cess­ful artist of long and re­spected stand­ing.

Now, she and Rick have brought home to Whanganui two of the three merit awards from The Portage. The other was won by Dunedin’s Jim Cooper.

“There were four awards,” says Rick. “The win­ning one was done by two Korean artists from Hen­der­son [Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee]. They’ve been in sev­eral times.” The win­ning work is a large vase en­ti­tled In the Beau­ti­ful Dream.

An­drea and Rick both sub­mit­ted two works and all four pieces were se­lected as fi­nal­ists.

An­drea de­scribed the dif­fer­ences in their work.

“[Mine] are re­ally about these in­tense sur­faces. They’re al­most the an­tithe­sis of Rick, who is pared back and about form and shape. Mine is about sur­face and in­dul­gences.”

An­drea’s merit award­win­ning piece in stoneware and porce­lain is called Ce­les­tial For­est.

An­drea’s two are a de­vel­op­ment on last year’s one that won the res­i­dency. That piece is on dis­play at Quartz.

Rick’s merit award-win­ning piece, Teapot, has been pur­chased by this year’s Portage judge, Amer­i­can artist Bari Ziper­stein, from Los An­ge­les.

The 2018 Portage Ce­ramic Awards fi­nal­ists’ work will be on dis­play at Te Uru in Ti­ti­rangi Fe­bru­ary 10 next year.

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

An­drea du Chate­nier and Rick Rudd with sam­ples of their ce­ramic work.

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