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A Company of Potters

07 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

A Company of Potters. Image by Sam Hartnett, courtesy of Objectspace.

Monday 7 May 2018, 10.00am - Sunday 27 May 2018, 4.00pm

Open daily 10am-4pm


Northart Gallery, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre, Northcote, Auckland

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Norman King Square (opposite the Library)


The central focus of the fascinating ceramics exhibition at Northart is the three kilns built between 1973 and 1984 on the Redvale property of Ian and Sheryl Smail.

Some of New Zealand’s leading ceramicists – amongst them Chester Nealiee, Warren Tippet, Bronwynne Cornish, Len Castle and the Smails themselves – made use of the baby oil-fired kiln, stoneware and wood-fired kilns, and the spirit of improvisation and experimentation that grew from the social nature of their association was instrumental in the flourishing of locally produced pottery during the 1970s and 1980s.

Curated by art historian Damien Skinner for Objectspace in Grey Lynn, where it was first shown in November last year, the exhibition brings together archival and moving image material with a selection of work produced in the Smail’s kilns. Northart acknowledges the support and generosity of Objectspace in making the show available to them.