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Five HB potters in Fletcher award

Five Hawke’s Bay potters have been selected for the Fletcher-Challenge Ceramics Award.

They are Liz Earth, Chloe King, John Lawrence, Estelle Martin, and Ann Verdcourt.

A total of 182 international and local ceramic works will be at the Auckland Museum from May 29 to June 28, making it the largest exhibition in the 16-year history of the award. The total value of work in the exhibition is $500,000.

International judge, American-based Akio Takamori, made his selection from 645 entries received from 38 countries.

The countries represented in the exhibition are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, USSR, Wales and New Zealand.

The award organiser, Moyra Elliott, says that New Zealand potters have fared extremely well in selection for the exhibition, with 39 pieces chosen.

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