Understanding the history and whakapapa of clay helped me practice a holistic attitude towards the development of this work, the organic responses to fabricated forms and shapes or the way the medium stretches and contracts. Accepting that weathered shapes and surfaces are at harmony with the simple bowl form gives me a platform to treat these works more like sculpture than pottery. The uneven surface of each piece references the weathered and layered structures of the land and the impact of human activity and industry
Terence Turner (Tainui) has always made things; using object and physical form as a language to communicate story. Tere enjoys the capacity of certain objects to speak for themselves, via medium, form, and personal reference; and to hold their own place in time and culture.
Te Kahureremoa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a multi-dimensional artist, writer, singer, composer, storyteller and taonga pūoro practitioner based in Te Whanganui-ā-Tara. Her music is inspired by her māoritanga, motherhood and her ordinary extraordinary life.
Suzanne Tamaki (Maniapoto, Tuhoe) is an artist and social provocateur who uses fashion and photography to create visual narratives that respond to cultural-politics in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her works often investigate the nature of indigenous feminisms in the South Pacific, challenging the colonial gaze and Western ideas of nationhood within a bi-cultural nation.
Stevei Houkāmau is a full time artist based in Te Whanganui-a-tara that works predominantly in Uku (Clay). Houkāmau journey with uku started in 2011 at Toihoukura in Te Tairawhiti. In 2021 Houkāmau decided to make the move into working as an artist in a full time capacity.
Sian Montgomery-Neutze (Ngāi Tara, Muaūpoko) is an incredible force and proponent of Te Ao Māori me ōna tikanga. A moko practitioner and ringatoi based in Porirua, Montgomery-Neutze has worked across multiple sectors as a Mātauranga Māori Advisor, Visual Arts Teacher, Resource Developer, Te Reo Translator and Project Coordinator.
Puratana is an emerging visual artist currently working towards establishing a practice in the fine arts, taking inspiration from his religious/spiritual background within his heavily Waikato rooted upbringing Puratana has developed a piece to pay homage to his late Kuikui Edith (Iti) Rawiri as well as his whanaus connection to their faith and the Kīngitanga.
Nicholas Reid is a 25 years old graphic designer that graduated this year, with a Bachelor of design innovation, majoring in communication design. I am of proud Samoan descent, which I am starting to explore, and incorporate into my graphic design work. Prior to studying design, I served in the Royal New Zealand Navy for four years, where I made many great memories.
Neke Moa is an adornment and object artist, predominantly working with Pounamu (NZ nephrite jade) and collected materials. She is based at Otaki beach, Aotearoa (NZ).
Pōneke-based artist Matt Tini (Waikato, Ngaati Tiipa, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu) is an early career artist and recent Masters of Fine Arts graduate from Massey University, Wellington.