Klytie Pate Ceramics Award and Exhibition

The Klytie Pate Award for Ceramics is a National prize, open to all ceramicists in Australia and New Zealand who are experienced in the craft, and carries an annual prize of $3000.

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2018 Klytie Pate Award winner

Midnight Sun, Fiskars by Janetta Kerr-Grant

Janetta Kerr-Grant - Midnight Sun, Fiskars

Midnight Sun, Fiskars by Janetta Kerr-Grant. Winner of the 2018 Klytie Pate Ceramics Award.

Artist statement

This pair of handbuilt porcelain vessels arises from a residency I undertook at Fiskars, an artists collective village deep in the forests of Finland. I spent time observing and documenting the nearby rocks, grasses and trees as my way of coming to terms with unfamiliar surroundings. Pattern, texture, shadows and silhouettes informs these vessels.

2018 Mark Brabham Award for an Emerging Artist

First Date by Narumi Ii

Narumi Ii - First Date

First Date by Narumi Ii. Winner of the Klytie Pate Mark Brabham Award for an Emerging Artist in 2018

Artist statement

As a Japanese, I had grown up with a pond with beautiful and lively Koi fish nearby. With this plate, I wanted to create a scene of their life, a romantic first date of this Koi couple. Each scale of the fish and all the elements including leaves were made with coloured porcelain and laid out by hand myself.

2018 People’s Choice  award

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Rest – by Tania Vrancic

Tania Vrancic - Rest

Rest by Tania Vrancic. Winner of the 2018 Klytie Pate People’s Choice Award.

Artist statement

Creating art is often a journey of self-discovery.  I tend to make intuitively with the subtle meaning behind my work unfolding over time.  My current work Rest is reminiscent of mossy, lichen covered rocks and trees found here in Australia and my childhood home, Finland.  I enjoy the challenge of working with porcelain and its translucency.

2018 finalists

The 2018 award attracted 18 entrants, with a total of 31 pieces that were on display in Mansfield from 7 to 14 March. Artists are listed here in alphabetical order of surname.

View the 2018 catalogue of works.

Aleisa Byfield @aleisabyfield.artisan
Laura Dortmans @sweetsimpleceramics
Jenny Gibney @artistjennifergibney
Lee Goller @gollerlee
Narumi Ii @narumi_ceramics
Wendy Jagger @wendy_jagger
Janetta Kerr-Grant @janettakerrgrant
Montessa Maack @momaackceramics
Betty Mitlan
Shelley Oldham @princess_shelley_oldham
Dianne Peach @di.peach
Julie Pennington @juliepenningtonceramics
Robyn Phelan @robynphelan
Kirsten Perry @kirstenpp
Bill Powell
Natalie Rosin @natrosin
Sarah Tracton @sarahtracton
Tania Vrancic @tania_vrancic_artist


About the prize

The Klytie Pate Award for Ceramics is a National prize, open to all ceramicists in Australia and New Zealand who are experienced in the craft.

The Klytie Pate Award and Exhibition was first held in 2017 under the auspices of Arts Mansfield and convened by committee member Ms Poppe Davis, who worked tirelessly in that first year to bring the award to life. 

In 2018 the award was convened by Miriam Zolin, director of the former Mansfield Art Gallery. 

The prize in the award’s first two years was $3000.

In 2018 Arts Mansfield announced that the prize is expanding to $5000 and the frequency to bi-annual.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for ceramicists and designers to compete for significant prizes and awards and sell their work, and to exhibit contemporary ceramic works showing design innovation and technical excellence.

Arts Mansfield believes the Klytie Pate Award and others like it enrich our cultural life and bring artists, collectors, curators and art appreciators to Mansfield.

The award is designed to encourage artists to continue their careers as ceramic artists. To be considered, artists  must be able to demonstrate that they are committed to a career as a ceramic artist, commercially viable and with a small body of work with artistic merit ready to show.

About Klytie Pate

'A small brewed' by Dianne Peach, winner of the 2017 Klytie Pate Award

2017 winner of the Klytie Pate Award ‘A small brewed’ by Dianne Peach

Klytie Pate is a name that’s highly regarded in ceramics circles.

Klytie Pate was a prolific, pioneering Australian potter who was awarded an Order of Australia for service to the Arts during her 50 year career.

She was born Clytie Winifred Wingfield Sclater in 1912 and married William Pate in 1937.

After studying painting, drawing and applied art in the 1930’s, her talent led her to become one of a small group of Melbourne art potters who were pioneers of ceramic art nationwide.

Klytie pursued pottery professionally from 1945 until her death in 2010 at the age of 97 and she regularly exhibited for over 50 years.

No two pieces of Klytie’s vast body of work are the same and she is well known for her ‘Australiana’ and art deco inspired works, often featuring a delicate turquoise glaze which is referred to by aficionados as ”Klytie blue”.

In 1947, Klytie, together with Alan Lowe, became the first ceramicists to have their studio pottery purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria and her pieces can be found in museums and galleries across Australia, including the Beleura Gallery on the Mornington Peninsuala, which houses a significant collection of Klytie’s work.

The Klytie Pate award honours the dedication and talent of Klytie while recognising outstanding skill in modern ceramics.

Klytie is the godmother of well-known Mansfield doctor, Will Twycross and certainly a contributing factor in the decision to start the award.

More information about Klytie Pate

Beleura House features a special exhibition of Klytie Pate’s work ‘The Klytie Pate Treasury’. Visit the Beleura House website to arrange tours. 

Wikipedia has an article about Klytie Pate

Read an obituary of Klytie Pate published in the Sydney Morning Herald at the time of her death.