Pot­ter’s de­light

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

An­neke Borren wants to bring some sun­shine into your life.

The Pare­mata pot­ter is hold­ing an open stu­dio on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

She said her lat­est do­mes­tic ware col­lec­tion was fun and dif­fer­ent.

‘‘I made a yel­low glaze and it just has this won­der­ful sense of light,’’ she said. ‘‘Imag­ine how sunny a yel­low mug or bowl would look in your kitchen?’’

Be­sides her sunny ceram­ics, Borren’s tried-and-true pot­tery cre­ations will be on sale.

She can’t wait to show vis­i­tors through her stu­dio and her home, which is a snap­shot of pot­tery his­tory in New Zealand.

‘‘ Pot­ters are storytellers and I like talk­ing. Open days are a bril­liant chance to ex­change views.

‘‘There seems to be such an at­ti­tude that some­thing well-made like pot­tery should be put up on a shelf and looked at, that it’s pre­cious. I don’t want that.’’ Borren be­gan pot­ting 56 years ago. For much of 2012, she worked on a 700-tile tableau to hon­our Abel Tas­man. It now hangs in a mu­seum in Fox­ton.

Get­ting back to her love of pot­tery was im­por­tant, how­ever.

Borren has held an open week­end almost ev­ery year since 1994, shar­ing her pas­sion with the pub­lic.

‘‘I love what I do so much. Oth­er­wise I wouldn’t have done it for so long. I’m learn­ing all the time.

‘‘You can have an in­cred­i­bly rich life with­out mak­ing a lot of cash and that’s what pot­tery has done for me.’’

Borren said the ‘‘sales men­tal­ity’’ of the big chain stores and their ‘‘$36 din­ner sets from Briscoes’’ made it hard for pot­ters and pri­mary pro­duc­ers.

‘‘We’re mak­ing some­thing that has not been there be­fore, not th­ese mass-pro­duced items. It’s sad, but un­for­tu­nately so­ci­ety craves th­ese cheaper, throw­away items to­day.’’

Mak­ing ceram­ics peaked in the mid1980s, be­fore the 1987 stock mar­ket crash, Borren said.

That fi­nan­cial melt­down sep­a­rated those who took mak­ing ceram­ics se­ri­ously from the hob­by­ists, she said.

She es­ti­mated there were 100 New Zealand pot­ters mak­ing a liv­ing from their craft.

Otago Poly­tech­nic was the only ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion that of­fered a course in pot­tery, she said.

‘‘Pot­tery re­ally died in the 1990s. Th­ese days you have to be do­ing some­thing else to pay the bills.’’

Borren’s stu­dio and home will be open to the pub­lic from 10am till 6pm on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day. She lives up a long drive­way at 12 Kiri­wai Rd, Pare­mata.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Colour­ful: An­neke Borren with one of her sun­shine-coloured pot­tery pieces for sale this week­end.

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