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Auckland Studio Potters (ASP) has fed the fires of ceramic work
for 50 years, from running an internationally prestigious award to
exhibiting and teaching pottery to the local community.
Paying homage to ground-breaking 20th century ceramic practices, a
suite of three exhibitions, accompanied by the publication of a
book celebrating the history of the ASP, puts clay back on the map
for a new audience.
A special kiln firing by Auckland Studio
Potters on White Night, 12 March, 6:00pm - midnight.
The Gus Fisher foyer showcases the work of long-standing ASP
member Graeme Storm. His stoneware and porcelain pieces
exhibit an abiding interest in the vivid colour produced in
Denis O'Connor is renowned for his large-scale sculptural
commissions which often reference the cultural histories embedded
in a site. Gallery One is devoted to his past in ceramics
with an installation designed by artist John Parker, centred on the
potter's wheel that once dominated O'Connor's life.
Gallery Two features fellow 'clay poet' Peter Hawkesby in an
exhibition curated by ceramics enthusiast, Richard Fahey.
Hawkesby, a radical ceramicist in the 1970s and 1980s extracted
clay from Te Matuku Bay Marine Reserve on Waiheke Island fashioning
weird but functionally useless vessels. Looking to the American
Abstract Expressionists for inspiration, his work marked a decisive
break with the previously dominant English pottery tradition.
Download the full public programme listing for Playing With
Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm / Sat, 12pm-4pm
IMAGE: SWEET WATERS GUITAR KILN, 1999
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