HASTINGS CITY CULTURAL CENTRE
6 AUGUST 1982
“EARTH & FIRE” EXHIBITION
AT HASTINGS CITY CULTURAL CENTRE
Few people realise the tremendous variety of pottery being made in New Zealand today by our many artist-craftsmen. From tiny decorative porcelains to sturdy garden pots, in all colours and textures, the potters’ wares encompass many traditions. A representative selection has been gathered into a touring pottery exhibition, “Earth & Fire”, which starts on Wednesday 18th August in the Hastings City Cultural Centre.
The 28 bowls and dishes were selected by James Greig, well known Wairarapa potter, especially to show the diversity of materials and techniques used by New Zealand potters today. Everyone should find at least one pot they really like, one that “says something” to them. Every one has what James Greig described as “a good feel”. They were also chosen to inspire experiment and broaden experience with clay. The Exhibition is also a good introduction to any study of pottery for younger folk.
The pots are arranged into the main categories of earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. Then into smaller groups showing or contrasting special qualities – hand-shaped stoneware together, coiled, beaten or slab-moulded, and varieties of glazing and firing effects. Terms and techniques are explained, using panels with photographs showing making, glazing and firing processes. There is also a catalogue with a general introduction to NZ pottery, definitions of potters’ terms, and details of every pot and its maker. Ms Doreen Blumhardt CBE, one of our leading potters, and author of “Craft New Zealand” helped with the technical notes. “Earth and Fire” pottery exhibition is a Central Regional Arts Council Community Project, produced with the assistance of the Labour Department.
[Handwritten – Sub Head] Other pots, ancient and modern
The Cultural Centre has enlarged the interesting “Earth and Fire” display by including some very interesting pottery from local sources. Two of Hawkes Bay’s leading potters, Bruce and Estelle Martin of “Kamaka” Pottery, will be exhibiting pots from their new wood-fired earth kiln. The result of four years hard work, the Japanese-style anagama kiln is a single-chamber, natural draught, wood-fired climbing kiln built into a bank of the Heretaunga plains pumice layer, and is impressively proportioned. Six metres long, and high enough so you