Clay + Ash + Water
27 January 2023 - 10 April 2023
Open daily 10am to 5pm
This will be the first curated exhibition in New Zealand that focuses on the process and work from potters who use wood kilns as both the means of expression and a functional tool to fire their work.
The exhibition will show the diversity of work produced and also the variety of designs of wood fired kilns that potters throughout New Zealand have created.
This resourcefulness of potters has forged a distinct culture in the ceramic community that relishes the dance with fire and the unpredictable nature of this elemental practice.
Featuring installations by Mike O'Donnell
Ko Waikato taku awa
Ko Kirikiriroa taku whenua
Ko Michael O Donnell ahau
There is a profound wisdom co-creatively held by the water and the seed
A wisdom that is time immemorial
Ko te wai te ora nga mea katoa
Water is the life giver of all things
No water no life
Every living thing is a creative expression of water
We are a creative expression of water
Water Is our greatest creative power
Te wai wai ata o te Uku
These installations and the body of work are the reflection of my memories held within my waters worked out through the clay
I am this body of clay, a memory carrier, water carrier, seed carrier
Nau mai piki mai
Nga mihi Aroha ki a koutou
I welcome you all with Love