Michael Potter


Nelson Leader, October 30th 2014

Creative camera snaps award
Ceramic pin hole cameras that take photos have taken out the most creative award in the annual South Street Gallery awards run by the Craft Potters in Hope.
The camera was the creation of the aptly named Michael Potter.
Michael was a news photographer for an Australian newspaper and is now finishing his Diploma of Ceramic Arts through the Dunedin School of Art.
His cameras which fuse his photographic experience with his new outlet of working with ceramics are part of his final project for his diploma.
He will be using the photographs taken from the ceramic pin hole cameras in his final exhibition.
Craft Potters president Maureen Ryan said the awards were a highlight for the organisation and allowed more than 30 members to display their best work resulting from classes and workshops held from the past year.
The workshops included recent teachings from two visiting potters from Hawaii who ran a workshop on naked-raku firing.
Maureen said this year the awards had two separate categories for the Diploma in Ceramics students.
These students were able to carry out their wordshop practice at Craft Potters.  Renowned local ceramicist Christine Boswijk is their current tutor.
The judge of this year’s awards is ceramicist Sue Scobie, who has recently moved to Nelson from Wellington.
Scobie completed her Diploma in Ceramics in Wellington and specialises in layering different coloured clays, unglazed to create her ceramic forms.
She said there was a huge variety of work in the awards and some beautiful works.
The exhibition runs for the next two weeks.
Winners for this year’s awards are – Alternative firing: Christine Winbush; Students thrown: Tanja Wagner; Students had built: Michael Potter; Mixed Media: Michael Potter; Wednesday class: Liz Todhunter; Hand built: Sandra Mead and Rita Edgar; Wheel thrown: Hilary Fenemor; Most creative: Michael Potter.