Keep cup competition supports local

A competition win will keep on giving with the sale of stylish handmade ceramic keep cups.

Up-and-coming artist and café owner Annika Clover is the recipient of 22 stunning pottery cups crafted by ceramic artists from around New Zealand after winning an Instagram competition promoted by UYO.CO.NZ.

The not-for-profit, endorses environmentally-responsible cafes, promotes potters from
Aoetearoa and other reusable products.

Potters from as far away as Nelson, Christchurch and Central Otago, including a couple of amazing local ceramic artists West Coast Stoneware and Sarah Bing, contributed their wares to the competition.

Each potter sent their cup via courier to Annika’s little café Clover and she says it has been like Christmas waiting for each cup to turn up.

The cups won’t stay in Annika’s possession for very long, the competition criteria states that she sells them and donates the money to a local charity or organisation of her choice.

“I love them all and it will be very hard to sell them but it will be good to see them go to new homes and support a local organisation that has supported me in my art journey.”

Annika chose the Raglan Old School Arts Centre as the beneficiary of the money she raises. She held her first group exhibition at the Old School Arts Centre recently and knows the community arts centre is struggling financially as they have had to cancel all events, workshops and movies for the past eight weeks due to the Covid pandemic.

“The Old School is the perfect choice for me, I had my first exhibition there and the support they offered was amazing.”

Visit Clover in Volcom Lane to buy your keep cup before they sellout.

Janine Jackson