These two works are by local or ex-local potters. The small pieces are by Annette Bull from Clive who hasn't been potting for very long but is doing some interesting work. The sculptural piece is by Liz Earth who used to live in Hawke's Bay but now lives in Waikanai in the Wellington district. Liz has always done interesting although sometimes strange work.
Two more images from the NZ Potters Exhibition. The sculptural piece with cranes is by Yi-Ming Lin from Leeston in the South Island of New Zealand. It is one part of a group of three which made a beautiful set. The black and white pieces are by Jenny Shearer from Paraparaumu Beach near Wellington.
The New Zealand Potters held their annual exhibition in Havelock North recently. There were some interesting pieces shown and it was overall a very good exhibition. The top picture shows a group of luster pots made by Chris Dunn of Wellington, the second image shows work by Maureen Allison of Whangamata. Maureen digs her own clay and with only minimal processing creates her pieces and then wood fires them. All potters should try doing this at least once in their potting career.
Slab built boxes are always a challenge to make sure the lids fit properly and are in proportion to the body of the box. The white trinket box was a once only, very time consuming project. It is in fact only about half the size of the anagama fired square box which is 19 cm. high and about 21 cm. between the handles although the photos make it appear otherwise.
Having built the large anagama kiln it was good to be able to make larger pieces. These two lanterns were among several I made and now stand in my garden. Just for fun I have added paper windows and put a light inside on a couple of occasions and they looked very Japanese.
Both these pieces were made with a combination of slabs and thrown pieces. The top piece is an Ikebana container where the base has been thrown and the square cylinder added to form a tall container. The storage jar is a slab built hexagonal shape which has been centered on the wheel and the gallery thrown from an attached coil of clay. The foot ring and the knob are done the same way.
These are just two of the many boat shapes I made. Slab built things do not have to be flat sided - clay is soft and malleable so there are many occasions when curves can be incorporated into a piece, especially those made as flower containers.
The Heron Migrates is the story of how a Japanese anagama kiln came to New Zealand. From Estelle and Bruce Martin's diaries from their trips to Japan and the building and firing of the Kamaka anagama. Soft cover with 400 photographs and drawings. 160 pages.
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