It was an accidental collection – they were things I liked, made by people I loved, and they’ll stay with me for life.” Thus one woman described her well-defined collecting practice. At the other end of the scale, one man acquired 4,200 op-shop NZ pottery purchases between 1970 and 2017, filling every crevice and cranny of his home with his eclectic collection. His pottery stash was later acquired by Driving Creek Potteries for public display.  Other collectors are the first across the threshold at gallery openings or scour the auction rooms in pursuit of the right piece. 

What are the pleasures and pitfalls of collecting pottery? How do you start? What are your options for paying? And how do you care for and curate your collection? Bring your curiosity and questions to this forum and hear advice and cogitation from collectors, gallery dealers, potters and curators who talk about what collecting means to them and how you too can support our ceramic artists and play an active part of the ceramics community.

In conversation are Kim Paton of Objectspace; Christine Hedlund of Masterworks; potter and accidental collector Peter Lange; artist, potter and ceramics collector Mark Goody; and curator, collector and academic Richard Fahey.