Opening event Sunday May 6, from 4pm
The central focus of the fascinating ceramics exhibition opening at Northart on Sunday is the three kilns built between 1973 and 1984 on the Redvale property of Ian and Sheryl Smail. Some of New Zealand’s leading ceramicists – amongst them Chester Nealiee, Warren Tippet, Bronwynne Cornish, Len Castle and the Smails themselves – made use of the baby oil-fired kiln, stoneware and wood-fired kilns, and the spirit of improvisation and experimentation that grew from the social nature of their association was instrumental in the flourishing of locally produced pottery during the 1970s and 1980s.
Curated by art historian Damien Skinner for Objectspace in Grey Lynn, where it was first shown in November last year, the exhibition in galleries 2 and 3 brings together archival and moving image material with a selection of work produced in the Smail’s kilns. Northart acknowledges the support and generosity of Objectspace’s director Kim Paton, in making the show available to us.
(Image by Sam Hartnett, courtesy of Objectspace.)
Date(s) - 06/05/2018 - 27/05/2018