Michael Potter


Michael PotterMy first year as a full-time potter was an exciting one! It got off to a cracking start with my student work recognised by Objectspace in their annual Best in Show for outstanding graduates in applied arts and design.

My preoccupation with photography and pinhole cameras was rewarded again later in the year with another pinhole ceramic camera and print accepted as a finalist in the Portage Ceramic Awards 2015.

New work, in the form of vintage cameras, resulted in ‘Paparazzi’ being accepted as a finalist  at Waiclay 2015 at the Waikato Museum. Paparazzi was inspired by my collection of vintage film cameras and a previous career as a newspaper photographer.

Another previous career making wine coupled with my interest in the archaeology of pottery led to the making of amphoras and vessels that look like they have been on the ocean floor for millennia, the crustier the better!

2016 stated off with a collection of these vessels shown in Best Of The Best at Waiheke Community Gallery, a follow on from Best in Show 2015. My first exhibition with Nelson Potters Assn has also included amphoras as well as ‘Paparazzi II’. A comment on the aggressive nature of photographers who choose to make a living as a paparazzo.

With my tableware I have concentrated on simple elegant forms with classic muted coloured glazes. This is a work in progress as new shapes are developed and added to the range. For me, handmade dishes for serving, eating from and drinking from are as important as the food created.

I am very lucky to be living and working in the Tasman region, with an overabundance of natural beauty as inspiration, a great network of supportive potters and artists, and the most supportive wife a bloke could hope for! And a silly dog!!


2011-14 Diploma in Ceramic Arts Level 6, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic


2013     South Street Gallery Awards ⋅ Alternative Firing

2014     South Street Gallery Awards ⋅ Student Hand Built – Mixed Media – Most Creative

2014     Recognition of Achievement ⋅ Dunedin School of Art

2016     Merit award for ‘Paparazzi II’. Terra Firma


2016 October

Past and Present; Tutors and Students, Parker Gallery

2016 July

Hands On Hawkes Bay, NZ Potters National Exhibition, Lantern Gallery

2016 May

Autumn Exhibition, Nelson Suter Art Society, Refinery ArtSpace

2016 February
Terra Firma, Nelson Potters Assn, group show, Refinery ArtSpace

2016  January
Best Of The Best, group show, Waiheke Community Gallery

2015  November
Waiclay 2015.  Finalist, ‘Paparazzi’. Waikato Museum

2015  November
Portage Ceramic Awards. Finalist, ‘Ceramic Pinhole Camera and Print’. Te Uru Waitakere

2015  May
Texture, The Old Post Office

2015  May
Best in Show 2015, Objectspace

2014  November
Ceramic installation “Twitching Curtains” Ruby Coast Arts Festival Art in Windows, Mapua


Nelson Potters Association

New Zealand Potters

Nelson Suter Art Society