No home, she’s just pottering about
There are four things Anneke Borren needs, and not one of them is a house.
‘‘A good chair, a good mattress, a sound system and a long view is all I want.’’
After 27 years in her Porirua home and studio, the 71-year-old potter is buying a campervan and plans to spend the rest of her days travelling the country.
‘‘I’ll be stuffed if anyone puts me in a rest home.’’
It’s just the latest adventure for the artist, one of New Zealand’s best-known potters, and she’s taking it all in her stride.
On Tuesday, as Borren talked about moving on, 425 pieces of art she created or collected over the past 40 years were being prepared for auction in Auckland.
She wasn’t worried about the sale, and was quick to point out hers was a story of adventure, not sadness.
‘‘It’s the opposite of being sad. They’re my friends, and I’ve looked after them really well, and I’m letting them go.’’
The move has been motivated by the limited finances of a professional potter but also her failing health.
The art to which she has dedicated her life has hurt her; years bent over the potter’s wheel have damaged her neck to the point it sometimes stops her from working.
‘‘There’s always a consequence and this is one of them.’’
She won’t give up her art but, like many of New Zealand’s older potters, she would slow down, she said.
‘‘We’re getting older and it’s such a physical job that our bodies are wearing out. It has been hard but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.’’
The house will be sold but it’s not the end of her Porirua connection. Friends have offered her the use of their Plimmerton studio, which is where she will base herself.
She plans to travel the country, stopping at friend’s houses and pottery schools, where she will teach the next generation.
‘‘It’s one of the reasons why I want to be on wheels. To go there, to get that long view, to put things into perspective.’’
Eventually, when the travelling is done, she will park up close to her Auckland daughters. There will be no rest home.
‘‘It’s a hell of a lot better for me than to be where the chairs are looking in instead of out.
‘‘This is the next stage, and I’m going to have a great amount of fun.’’
* Anneke Borren’s final open weekend will be on November 24, 25 and 26 at 12 Kiriwai Road, Paremata.
Potter Anneke Borren is selling her extensive ceramic collection and swapping her Paremata home and studio for a campervan. ‘‘A good chair, a good mattress, a sound system and a long view is all I want.’’