Taepa hold­ing ce­ramic ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka

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As part of Matariki, Pataka is hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of the latest work by Maori ce­ramic artist Wi Taepa.

Taepa is a teacher of the art of wood carv­ing and ce­ramic work at sev­eral in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing Whi­tireia Poly­tech­nic.

The cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion un­veils his latest ap­proach with the in­tro­duc­tion of colour, which has been achieved by the use of ox­ides and glaze.

On show are sev­eral small con­tain­ers, which have been cre­ated through hand coil­ing and pinch­ing the clay into shape, large heavy plat­ters with splashes of colour and tall slab con­structed forms.

Many of the works in­cor­po­rate kowhai­whai, the scroll de­signs on the rafters of Maori meet­ing houses.

The colours – reds, blue and greens – hold a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to Taepa be­cause they are the colours he as­so­ci­ates with his time in the New Zealand Army.

Taepa said he hoped the show would be in­spi­ra­tional, and cre­ate a path that would be taken by young Maori who are pick­ing up the craft of work­ing with clay.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on un­til July 12.

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