Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics
Tuesday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Wednesday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Thursday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Friday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Saturday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Sunday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
8 Bates Street
Nicknamed the ‘teapot man’ because of his quirky takes on the tea pouring device, there’s no denying Rick Rudd lives and breathes ceramic art and is highly regarded for his strength of skill in the practice throughout New Zealand. His numerous special pots push the boundaries of whatever shape you may have thought the humble teapot was constrained to.
The museum itself plays host to over 400 original works in Rick's collection as well as borrowed exhibits from private collectors. Most special exhibitions stay here for around six months, with a yearly installation also commissioned and displayed in one of the ground floor rooms, while the Rick Rudd Foundation set up in 2013, aims to continue to encourage and support the ceramics scene within New Zealand by gifting monetary awards as commendation for first time exhibitors.
On the ground floor you’ll find the New Zealand History Collection where over 100 ceramic pieces are arranged chronologically for visitors to see the change in style and practice from the early 20th century to the modern day. Upstairs you’ll come across a super peaceful room with one of Rick’s works doubling as a water work, and with sunlight streaming in the first floor windows the whole space feels very serene. Comfortable couches give you a chance to sit for a minute and take in the mesmerising display of talent. A photographic chronicle of the man himself is also displayed at the top of the stairs and spans from his early childhood years in 1949 to the present day.
A solo pursuit means Rick owns and operates the place singlehandedly, and even without the lack of outside help, he’s happy to open the studio later or by appointment should you wish. A hefty stream of visitors in January during the tourist season, sees the doors open seven days. Quartz continually delights those who come to see some of the country’s finest pottery work.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
8 Bates Street
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