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Doris Lusk Ceramics Residency - Christchurch 2017

Applications  are  now  open  for  an exciting  teaching  opportunity!

Applications close 21st April 2017

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The Cleveland National Art Awards

The Otago Art Society Presents: The Cleveland National Art Awards, a biennial exhibition kindly sponsored by The Cleveland Charitable Foundation. There is a $9000 prize pool for artists entered in the exhibition.

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Canterbury Fired Up 2017 14th-25th June 

Opening 6pm Wednesday 14th June

We invite anyone who is a member of a pottery club in Canterbury to submit up to 8 pieces of work, one of which can be a set/pair, for this exhibition.

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Elements 2017 - Exhibition for NZP Members in Wellington/Western Districts

This exhibition is for members in the lower North Island. It runs from the 3rd March to the 2nd April.

Awards were won by:

Aimee McLeod - Excellence (shown on the right) and
Gaylene Morley - Merit

The exhibition may be seen at Bottle Creek gallery, Pataka Art & Museum, Norrie St, Porirua OR online.

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Akio Takamori Dies aged 66.

Mr. Takamori, who taught at the University of Washington for 21 years, had a career that spanned traditional industrial pottery, ceramic slab vessels and ultimately larger-than-life, sometimes cartoonish figures. His work drew heavily from his Japanese heritage, and from images from art history and culture.

“His work always had a sense of beauty,” Harris said. “And I think that came from a real love of people in the world. He really had a very gentle soul.”

Mr. Takamori was born in 1950 in Nobeoka on Japan’s Kyushu Island, the youngest of three children. His father was a doctor and his mother helped run a clinic attached to their house.

He studied ceramics and industrial design in Tokyo, and apprenticed as a production potter on Kyushu.

“I had to make 250 cups every day for two years,” he told The Seattle Times in a 2002 interview. “It’s very exhausting.”

He found a way out when American ceramist Ken Ferguson visited and encouraged him to study in the U.S.

Mr. Takamori enrolled at Ferguson’s Kansas City Art Institute, where he would meet his wife, the former Vicky Lidman. Later, he attended graduate school at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

He drew early recognition in the 1980s for a series of vessels made up of slabs in human forms, often with sexual themes.

Mr. Takamori joined the UW faculty in 1993 and was a cornerstone of a ceramics program that would be recognized as among the best in the country.

By then, his work had moved from vessels to distinct human figures. He mixed villagers drawn from his childhood in Japan with people in modern settings, as well as political and cultural figures, like depictions of U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Japanese Emperor Hirohito with their height difference exaggerated.

“It was extraordinary that he was willing to take these kind of risks,” said Jamie Walker, a UW art professor who helped recruit Takamori to the school. “Here was this guy who was doing funny, highly suggestive sexualized work, suddenly talking about these incredibly powerful emotional, psychological relationships.”

Mr. Takamori’s stoneware, part of an abstract-leaning break from industrial pottery, often had a matte, watercolor look. His subjects stretched from mothers carrying children on their backs to laughing monks and babies with oversized heads.

As a celebrity in the ceramics world, Mr. Takamori could probably have gotten out of teaching introductory courses at the UW. But he never asked, and Walker said Mr. Takamori particularly enjoyed the opportunity to help guide students new to the art.

“He did a really good job juggling working as an artist, and a teacher,” said Ayumi Horie, a graduate student of Mr. Takamori’s in the late 1990s. “He was always evolving and growing; it never seemed like he was stuck.”

Mr. Takamori retired from the UW in 2014. That same year, he was diagnosed with cancer.

Recently, he had been creating figures that drew on images of men apologizing, from humbled chief executives to political leaders.

“My interest is humanity,” he told the The News Tribune of Tacoma in 2006. “That doesn’t change, even over a thousand years. Everyone from a 2-year-old to an old man still has love, compassion, appreciates beauty.”

In addition to his wife, Vicki, and son, Peter, of Chicago, Mr. Takamori is survived by a daughter, Lena, of New York.


What's On
Maria Brockhill and Laurel Davies
Exhibition
Friday February 17, 2017 - Thursday March 30, 2017
Mokau Museum and Gallery, Taranaki
Elements 2017
Exhibition
Friday March 3, 2017 - Sunday April 2, 2017
Bottle Creek gallery, Pataka Art & Museum, Norrie St, Porirua
Yi Ming Lin - solo exhibition
Exhibition
Wednesday March 8, 2017 - Tuesday March 28, 2017
Form Gallery, Christchurch
Containment - New Artwork by Shane Gallagher
Exhibition
Tuesday March 14, 2017 - Sunday April 2, 2017
Whitespace contemporary art, 12 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland
Richard Stratton - Living History
Exhibition
Saturday March 25, 2017 - Sunday July 2, 2017
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
Love of Clay Day
Festival
Sunday March 26, 2017 - Sunday March 26, 2017
Craft Potters Nelson, 202 Ranzau Rd West, Richmond, Nelson
Our Amazing Space - Pottery Exhibition Pottery on Tyne
Exhibition
Saturday April 1, 2017 - Friday April 7, 2017
44 Tyne St, Oamaru
Rahu Road Weekend Workshop - April
Workshop
Saturday April 22, 2017 - Sunday April 23, 2017
142 Rahu Rd, Mackaytown, Paeroa, New Zealand


Did you know?
You can look through our collection of potters' marks online
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