Curated by Peter Lange, this installation is a MUST SEE!!!
"This extravaganza of over 4000 pieces of NZ studio pottery will not be repeated.
Representing 40 years of pots and dozens of potters, this collection was gathered by one man, a passionate supporter of craft pottery. It filled his whole house, leaving little room to move, and flowed into the garden and under the house.
Going into his house felt like entering a pottery mine, or an archaeological dig - all rooms, shelves and cupboards were filled with a wide range of work that came from those extraordinary decades, 1970 to the present, when participation in back-yard pottery production in this country was unequalled anywhere in the world.
He admitted that he found it difficult to walk past a piece of hand-made pottery without taking it home because "someone had made it". And that is one of the reasons this installation has been set up - it represents hundreds of people who worked in back sheds, wash-houses and kitchen tables, who fired with diesel, wood, gas and electricity, who dug clay or bought it in a bag, who fired low and fired high, and sometimes in-between. They made stuff. They shared both a big adventure and, for some of that time, a decent living.
While the pieces aren’t all perfect, and some are pretty basic, there are some real gems in here. I have been one of these people for 44 years and this is my tribute to my clay colleagues, and to the clay and fire which has ruled my life for that time.
It was a little weird digging out some of my own pots." – Peter Lange
Open Saturdays 10am - 4pm or by appointment, until the 23rd of September.
Contact Peter on 021 053 7504
Auckland Studio Potters: Suzy Dünser and committee, staff and members
Panuku Development Auckland
Click here for NZ Herald interview with Peter Lange.