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Toru Tekau Ngā Kaihanga Uku - Māori Clay Artists


Mon 29 Jan 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 5 Feb 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

1987 - thirty years ago, saw the birth of a new movement in world ceramics – the formation of Kaihanga Uku – Māori Clay Artists. Baye Riddell had begun his career as a potter thirteen years earlier ostensibly the first full time Māori potter.

In later years he was joined by others such as Manos Nathan, Colleen Urlich, Paerau Corneal and Wi Taepa. Dubbed The Tight Five or Ngā Tokorima they have since nurtured and been added to by an accomplished new generation of Māori“Muddies”.

At the first hui at Tokomaru Bay in 1987 a three stranded approach was drafted to guide the development of this exciting new entity.

First - we would approach working with clay from a Māori perspective.
Second - we would share our collective knowledge and resources.
Third - we would engage with indigenous cultures with ceramic traditions.

This three stranded plait has served us well as a reference point over the past thirty years and has seen the growth of the collective and the establishment of Māori pottery and ceramic art on the world stage as a ceramic style that is unique to this land.

This exhibition celebrates this growth and our journey to date as the clay whānau – Kaihanga Uku.