Andrea du Chatenier, a Fine Arts Lecturer on the Bachelor of Design & Arts at UCOL and a successful artist who has been exhibiting here and abroad for more than a decade, has been recognised in the recent Portage Awards.
which took place earlier this month saw Andrea honoured for her work Yellow Stack. Being the recipient of this prestigious award means she will be heading to Denmark to take up the international residency to study at the prestigious
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Centre
Andrea du Chatenier being honoured at the Portage Awards. Image by Amelia Harris courtesy of
This isn’t the first time her work has been recognised, in the past she has received numerous grants and awards for her work. She has also been the recipient of the Portage Awards, are one of the premier awards for the ceramic arts.
Asked about the prospect of the residency Andrea said “I can't wait. Guldagergaard is one the premier institutions in the world for studying ceramics and I feel privileged to be given this opportunity. I'm over the moon!"
Reflecting upon the work that has brought Andrea these accolades she described it as a “Delicate porcelain work which has associations with lemon curd or other delicious lemony things. It is the culmination of on-going research into glaze techniques.
Andrea du Chatenier's Yellow Stack. Image by Haruhiko Sameshima courtesy of
Andrea came to UCOL after completing a residency at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, before this she had received her Masters of Fine Arts from RMIT in Melbourne.
When asked what she like to achieve in Denmark and where does she think her work will lead her next, Andrea was candid in her response “The residency offers me a big chunk of time to focus on my work but there are also very exciting workshops offered on the latest ceramic techniques. Where will it lead??......back to my studio in Whanganui with heaps of new and exciting ideas!"
Lead image: Andrea du Chatenier with Yellow Stack. Image by Amelia Harris courtesy of