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John Parker: Attracted Opposites


Tue 12 Mar 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 13 Mar 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 14 Mar 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri 15 Mar 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 16 Mar 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: AVID Gallery, 48 Victoria St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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John Parker is one of New Zealand’s best-known and most successful potters. He has been working in ceramics for just on 40 years, since beginning at night school in Auckland in 1966, eventually graduating with a Masters degree in Art from the Royal College of Art in London in 1975. While in London John met many well-known ceramic artists, most famously Lucie Rie and Hans Coper.

John has become well known for his highly stylised and technically excellent thrown and turned work. In recent years he has restricted himself to making mainly white ware, in very simple shapes, having pared away colour and all excess decoration in his work.

John has been active in the world of ceramics as a curator, writer, teacher and critic, and is also well known in theatrical circles as a set designer. He has been honoured for his services to his local community Waitakere City, and is a Life Member of the Auckland Studio Potters.

In 2002, the City Gallery in Wellington mounted a retrospective exhibition John Parker Ceramics, and produced a comprehensive hard-back catalogue to go with the show which has become a favourite book for many lovers of John’s work.

More recently John has represented New Zealand in Latvia at the international conference of the International Academy of Ceramics and in China at the residency at the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, Shanxi, China. He was also awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate in 2011, a very prestigious award given to only five outstanding artists a year.

John’s work features in major public collections, including Te Papa Tongarewa; Auckland Institute and Museum; Dowse Art Museum; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences; Sydney, and New Zealand embassies in Tokyo and Jakarta, as well as in many corporate and private collections.

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