Newspaper Article 1994 – Noted mosaic artist dies

Noted mosaic artist dies

Noted mosaic artist Mary Middleditch died in the Hastings hospital on Saturday, aged 84 years.

The Te Awanga artist was married to the late nationally recognised sculptor, John, whose copperwork figures were sold in Auckland and Wellington galleries. He was one of New Zealand’s first full-time artists.

The couple moved from Dunedin 12 years ago when plans for the Aramoana smelter were drawn up to work at Te Awanga in their 70s.

Mrs Middleditch’s “naive” watercolours and Italian smalti glass mosaics began as a hobby after a trip to Italy to study mosaics.

She also produced and directed plays in Dunedin.

Her funeral service today was to be at her Te Awanga home that she and her husband built.

Photo caption – Mary Middleditch with two of her mosaics made from Italian smalti glass.

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Te Awanga

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Newspaper article

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2 November 1994


The Hawke's Bay Herald-Tribune


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  • John Middleditch
  • Mary Middleditch

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