John Parker's latest exhibition will offer much to tempt, with new forms and colours on offer. A master of the interplay between, form, colour and texture.
John Parker is considered to be one of New Zealand's leading studio potters . His long involvement in ceramics formally began with his completion of a Master of Arts (ceramics) from the Royal College in London. John was heavily influenced by European artists Lucie Rie and Hans Coper . This gave him a strong foundation for the disciplined and intelligent style for which he is now recognised.
Parker has often engaged with pointed intellectual arguments in the creation of his work - most obviously the debate surrounding the handmade; craft versus production in ceramics. His work draws an obvious parallel with a coveted series of early New Zealand production ceramics by Crown Lynn. Crown Lynn took the unusual step at the time of employing artisans and designers to create their ranges of mass produced domestic ceramics. The examination of this handmade/mass produced format led Parker to investigate it in his work. He strives to create the perfect shape, decorated with geometric grooves applied with flawless precision. These objects are devoid of the 'makers touch' which identifies most studio ceramics, yet they are handmade with every detail and mark attended to by the artist.
John Parker, Grey and White Vessels, 2018