Taepa holding ceramic exhibition at Pataka
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.