Peter Alger

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Peter Alger
Peter Alger

New Brunswick, Canada
Known for Potter

Peter Alger (born 1952) is a New Zealand potter.

Early life

He was born in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1952 and emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1959.[1]


In 1968, he became apprenticed to potter Warren Tippet in the Coromandel.[1] He established his own pottery studio in Northland in 1970.[1]

His identifying potter’s mark, as registered with the New Zealand Society of Potters, was from 1969 to 1975 the shape of a clover, and from 1975 onwards a stylized fish image.[2]


In 1992, he won the Norsewear Art Award with his stoneware work Elemental Bowl and was listed as a Finalist in the New Zealand Society of Potters Easter Show Award Exhibition.[3][4] In 1992, he was also awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Cleveland Ceramics Awards.[5] In 1993, the Northland Craft Trust and the QEII Arts Council granted him a one-year artist residency at The Quarry in Whangarei.[6] In 1994, he won the Glenfalloch Award at the Cleveland Ceramics Awards.[7]


Alger’s work is held in the collections of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Suter Gallery in Nelson.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Schamroth, Helen (1998). 100 New Zealand Craft Artists. Auckland: Random House. p. 3. ISBN 1869620364. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Peter Alger". NZ Potters. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Norsewear Art Award". New Zealand Potter. 2: 13. 1992.
  4. ^ "NZSP Easter Show Award Exhibition". New Zealand Potter. 2: 24. 1992.
  5. ^ "Cleveland Awards, Carnegie Gallery, Dunedin". New Zealand Potter. 2: 9. 1992.
  6. ^ Sheehan, Stephanie (30 October 1993). "Honesty and vigour from Alger". Northern Advocate.
  7. ^ "Cleveland Ceramics Awards". New Zealand Potter. 2: 36. 1994.
  8. ^ Sjoquist, Theresa (1993). "Peter Alger". New Zealand Potter. 3: 17.

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