North Queensland Ceramic Awards

2022 biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards

The biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards has long aimed to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation. A showcase for both well-known and emerging artists, this competition displays the diversity of ceramic art currently being produced in Australia.

The City of Townsville Art Collection Award of $10,000 continues to provide both opportunities for artists to become a part of one of the nation's most significant ceramic collections, as well as ensuring the continued growth of this important subsection of the City of Townsville Art Collection.

Selected works will be on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from 22 July to 25 September 2022 and will be eligible in various categories beyond the major City of Townsville Art Collection Award.


Gain an insight into the North Queensland Ceramic Awards in the 2022 digital publication below!

Physical publications with images only are also available at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery for $10, while stocks last.

Celebratory Video

Townsville City Galleries is pleased to present a video celebrating the 2022 North Queensland Ceramic Awards!

Be sure to check out this fantastic exhibition on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery until 25 September 2022.

Here’s to the 2022 North Queensland Ceramic Awards!

North Queensland Ceramic Awards Virtual Tour

You can now view the 2022 North Queensland Ceramic Awards and Pat Hoffie’s Hi-Vis from the comfort of your home!

To view the tour:

  • Use the tool in the bottom right corner to see different views of the gallery or move between floors.
  • Zoom in and out using your mouse or finger controls.

North Queensland Ceramic Awards Prize Winners


Image of Dianne Peach in Studio

Dianne Peach is a renowned ceramic artist who studied ceramics at the Central Technical College in Brisbane, then established her own pottery studio and began teaching in 1966.

She began by making finely thrown bottles and bowls but became interested in the contrast between function and form and now combines slab, tube and slipcast elements to make precisely built geometric pieces decorated formally using stains and underglazes. She has exhibited widely and her work is represented in a range of public and private collections.

Dianne’s work is characterised by exacting craftsmanship of her original and innovative designs using a range of clay types and construction methods. A master thrower and a creative hand builder Dianne is continually experimenting with alternative techniques and materials to add to her more than 50 years’ experience with clay and the formation of her mainly vessel-based forms. Progressing from a functional aesthetic of glazed stoneware her work now is more sculptural and decorative, often referencing contemporary political or social statements to present objects with meaning. The type of clay, decoration, and firing methods are chosen to enhance the subject matter and may range from low to high fire using wood, oil, gas, or electricity.

Having trained under Milton Moon, David Smith, and Roy Churcher at Brisbane’s CTC, Dianne compliments her studio practice with tutoring and workshop presentations, having a keen interest in education and the passing on of skills to emerging artists. She has contributed to curriculum development for secondary and tertiary institutions in Queensland and currently teaches at Brisbane Institute of Art.

Her work is represented in the Australian National Gallery, most State Galleries, and in numerous provincial and private collections here and overseas. She has served on the Crafts Board of the Australia Council, ’85-’88, is a Foundation & Life Member of Ceramic Arts Queensland, and in 2004 was named the State’s inaugural “Ceramics Icon” by Crafts Queensland.

Image credit: Dianne Peach in her studio. Courtesy of the Artist.
Photographer: Katherine Kerr.

Presenting Partner

North Queensland Potters Association Inc

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