Quartz, Museum of Studio Ceramics opened in November 2015. Rick Rudd, a studio potter, set up the Rick Rudd Foundation, a charitable trust, in 2013 and bought the building to house the Museum in 2014. He has given the building and his large collection of studio ceramics to the Foundation.
In 2019 well-known Wellington collector, Simon Manchester, died and bequeathed his extensive ceramic collection to the Rick Rudd Foundation. Over 500 works from this collection are permanently displayed.
Major displays of works by Anneke Borren, Len Castle, Elizabeth Lissaman, John Parker, Rick Rudd and temporary exhibitions are on show.
An annual installation is also commissioned.