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Mirek Smisek: 60 Years 60 Pots


Thu 10 May 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 17 May 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 18 May 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 19 May 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 20 May 2012, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

Born in Bohemia in 1925, Mirek Smisek left Czechoslovakia in 1948 in search of freedom, and determined to live a creative life. He had spent much of World War Two in Nazi prisons and labour camps. He became New Zealand’s first independent studio potter in 1954, establishing a studio in Nelson, where he continued to work for 16 years. During this time, he traveled to Japan where he worked with pottery masters Shoji Hamada and Kenjiro Kawai. He also worked with Bernard Leach, the famous English potter, at his pottery in St Ives in Cornwall. In 1968, he moved to the Kapiti Coast and has built three studios there over the last 40 years. He was awarded an OBE for services to New Zealand pottery in 1990.

This exhibition was developed by Mahara Gallery in Waikanae and includes bowls, yunomi (tea bowls), vases, jugs, crocks and plates. Smisek made the earliest work in the exhibition in Sydney in 1949. Other works trace the history of his development as a studio potter in New Zealand.

Mirek Smisek is widely recognised as one of New Zealand’s most important ceramicists.

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