TA Museum administrator’s award-winning other life

Trish’s award-winning piece, The Frog Prince – it won the Primo Clays Hand-building Award in the recent Waikato Society of Potters annual exhibition.

Trish Seddon’s style of narrative sculpture has won her another award.

Her whimsical piece entitled The Frog Prince, complete with a heart nestled in a chamber, won the Primo Clays Hand-building Award at the 2020 Waikato Society of Potters 49th annual exhibition.  It is an award she has won for the last three years; she also won a merit award at Waiclay last November, an event also sponsored by Primo Clays.

Each award nets the winner a certain value of clay from Primo Clays. Her recent win with the Waikato Society of Potters, Trish won $350 worth of clay.

Trish enters every year, and never fails to make an impression with what she calls her narrative style of sculpture.  One of her pieces depicts a porthole surrounded with barnacles, containing a skull of a cat crafted in clay.  Her winning piece at last year’s Waiclay National Ceramics Awards was entitled Coral Skulls.

“They are really quirky pieces – that’s my thing,” she said.

Trish, who lives in Cambridge, is museum administrator at Te Awamutu Museum.  She keeps all the cogs turning seamlessly and is the always smiling ‘face’ at the front desk.

Te Awamutu Museum administrator Trish Seddon, who is an acclaimed ceramic artist in her other life, has won another prestigious award.

She has been an active ceramic artist for around four decades, exhibiting both locally and nationally, including in the prestigious Portage Awards, and finding her inspiration in nature. Trish sculpts only by hand. Her work is intricate and detailed; many of her pieces deal with the theme of life, death and renewal.

Trish’s winning work is currently on display at the Excellence in Clay: Waikato Society of Potters 49th Annual Exhibition at ArtsPost, 120 Victoria Street, in Hamilton.   The exhibition opened on October 16 and will end on November 16.

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