Ceramics for Supper

Ceramics for Supper 

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choose a bowl

eat out of it

take it home


Ceramics for Supper was a one-night event in Wellington, a celebration of the work of Aotearoa ceramicists, good company and good food. It was a communal vegetarian dinner designed by a local chef, using local ingredients. This event raised $2900 which was donated to Women’s Refuge.

The concept is simple: choose a ceramic bowl/plate on arrival, enjoy a meal served in it, and take it home with you at the end of the night.

Ceramics for Supper was organised by three friends, Abby Cunnane, Carmel Rowden and Heather Hayward. Each of the bowls/plates, and the chef’s time, have been generously donated in tautoko of Women’s Refuge. This is a not for profit event.

Sunday 10 March 2019 at 6.30pm
Vogelmorn Hall
11 Vennell St
Brooklyn, Wellington
Aotearoa New Zealand

Thanks to all who attended Ceramics for Supper. You can still support Women’s Refuge in lots of ways and please check out the work of our talented donating potters, via the Ceramicists section below. Ngā mihi mahana. 


The idea

Ceramics for Supper came out of a conversation inspired by New York potter Helen Levi’s #pottersinprotest series. In the context of Aotearoa, where we are lucky to know a wide community of friends who make ceramics, we were energised to host a sister series. Ceramics for Supper is intended to celebrate the work of these talented people, and to give something towards local not for profit organisations that provide justice and support to those who need it. We are indebted to the giant generosity of many in making this possible, most particularly the thirty-something potters we approached to donate.


Women’s Refuge

The proceeds (after costs) from this event went to Women’s Refuge, an organisation committed to the liberation of women, children and whānau from family violence in Aotearoa. One in three women in New Zealand will experience domestic violence in some form in their lifetime. Women’s Refuge was the first national organisation to adopt a model of parallel development to observe the Treaty of Waitangi, fundamental to their work and leading the way for many other community and government agencies. You can read more about the work they do here.


Fresh local food from a fresh local chef

Brought to you by Canadian born, Wellington based chef Robertta Young, this meal is all about fresh local vegetarian food. Young is currently the sous chef at Shepherd, where the focus is on ethical, seasonal food. When she's not at Shepherd, you can find Robertta at events to support and promote women in hospitality.


Me te mihi

We are very grateful to:

Luna Estate Winery
Six Barrel Soda
Garage Project Beer
Antipodes Water
Duck Island Ice Cream
Arch Hire
Flowers Manuela
Allen Paper
National Candles

Hannah Wells and Chelsea Godinet of Femmes and Food
Lindsay Phillips
Alisa Mason
Taylor Groves
Eilish Dwyer
Charlie Walker
Jonny Taggart
Nikita Kuschke
Rebecca McMillan (photographer)


The ceramicists


Kirsten Dryburgh is an Auckland-based potter and host of the legendary Sherwood Markets.

Harriet Stockman is based in Auckland, and is a visual artist, potter and member of Public Share artist collective.

Gradon Diprose is a part-time drag queen and full-time human geographer based in Wellington, where he works as a researcher with Manaaki Whenua.

Fuyuko Akiyoshi is an art school graduate, software developer, and has been playing with clay since 2013.

Thea Ceramics is a Waiheke Island pottery studio, creating contemporary, hand-thrown ceramics for everyday use.

Lil Ceramics is made by Lily Weeds, who lives and works at Muriwai Beach on Auckland's wild west coast.

Paul Melser is a potter, painter and writer based in Carterton, Wairarapa.

Miss Tash Ceramics, aka Latasha Watson, is an Auckland based teacher and maker.

Scott McKenzie is an architect and part-time potter based in Wellington.

Nicola Shuttleworth is a Wellington potter who enjoys making tableware and sharing her work with others that appreciate the handmade.

Fiona Jack is an artist and lecturer based in Auckland. Her current exhibition, Riverbed, is on until March 2019 at Auckland’s Artspace.

Caroline Robertson is an architect and potter living in Wellington.

Cheryl Lucas is a ceramic artist who works from her studio in Lyttelton.

Sophie Hathaway is a Wellington ceramicist whose pieces are often inspired by surrealism.

Richard Stratton is a New Zealand ceramic artist. He worked for a time as a production thrower at a commercial pottery on the Isle of Skye before moving to Wellington, where he is now based.

Stephanie Hall is based in Wellington, works at Women’s Refuge and makes pottery.

Michelle Savill is a Wellington-based filmmaker whose short film Bats premiered at the NZIFF in 2018.

Bobby Park is an artist and potter based in Auckland. In 2018 Bobby was a finalist in the Portage Ceramic Awards and was an artist in resident at Whanganui’s Rayner Brothers Gallery.

Fiona Mackay is an Auckland based designer and ceramic artist.

Paige Jarman’s handmade ceramics are inspired by the shapes and patterns found in the natural environment. She is based in Lower Hutt.

Amalia Louisson is a potter based in Melbourne.

Rosemary O’Hara is based in Wellington and has been making for over thirty years. Her wares can be purchased at South Coast Eco Collective, on Wellington’s Webb Street, and her studio in Plimmerton.

Stacey Young is a fashion designer by day and ceramicist by night. Who needs sleep? She works by commission in Kapiti.


Heather Hayward has a background in the visual arts and film, and has been making pottery since 2015. She is also the co-organiser of Ceramics for Supper.

Wundaire is ceramics, handmade by Felicity Donaldson in Brooklyn, Wellington. “No formal training, just smooshing the clay.”

Kristy Palleson is an artist, ceramicist and maker based in Wellington. She is famous for her ceramic tooth pots and zany earrings.

Jane Burn is currently doing a Diploma in Ceramics and having fun playing with clay.

Monique Redmond is a visual artist, lecturer and a member of Public Share artist collective.

Mahoney Harris is a musician and potter based on Waiheke Island.

Maia McDonald is a multi disciplinary artist practicing primarily in uku (clay). Maia whākapapas to Ngāti Mutunga (Urenui Marae) and Te Āti Awa (Parihaka.)

Harold Barton is an artist and ceramicist based in Auckland.

Galit Maxwell is a potter and pottery teacher at Wellington Potters Association.

Alice Rose is a clay sculptor and painter and is represented by galleries in New Zealand and Australia.

JS Ceramics is handcrafted in Te Puna, just outside of Tauranga.

Katie Terris has been making and teaching ceramics for decades and is the current or past teacher of several of the ceramicists donating to this event, so we owe her a lot.

Salad Days Ceramics are handmade by Lucy Leong, who recently moved back to Wellington from Sydney. She makes wheel thrown and hand built forms, creating pieces that can be enjoyed every day.

Ruby White is a cook and ceramicist from Auckland.

Tony Sly makes pottery for cooks from his studio on the Raglan Wharf.

Teresa Collins is a Wellington-based artist whose most recent show, On Second Thought, was held at Precinct35.

Nidito (Spanish for “little nest”) is the ceramic work of Chilean-born, Martinborough-based Carolina Vargas-Gonzalez.

Angela Francis is a Wellington based maker. Her current focus is porcelain, while she completes the #1000plates project. 

Lynda Wilson is a contemporary artist and was a finalist in the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards.

Tara Péronnet is a Paris based, New Zealand born potter.

Ben Stephenson is another soul who benefits from the tutelage of Katie Terris. When he’s not making lovely ceramics he can be found working at Oranga Tamariki, and has a side gig at Scott’s Pots.

Hayley Bridgford is a ceramic artist in Auckland.

Paul Neason is an award winning animator with a special place in his heart for the perfect plate.