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Frederika Ernsten - Electric-fired Stoneware  

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Born and educated in Holland, I came to New Zealand in 1960 and have lived in Christchurch till 2001. Now I live in a small village in North Canterbury.

I started pottery in 1964 adult education classes. Three years later I became one of the founder members of Studio 393, a co-operative of twelve potters and the first of its kind in Christchurch.

I started Courtyard Pottery in 1984 with a partner and have managed that on my own with the help of friends since 1988. The gallery closed after seventeen years and when I moved to Woodend.

My work has been exhibited in selected, invited and one woman shows since 1968. I became a member of the New Zealand Potters Association the same year. Admission in those days was only by selection of work produced at that time. I have pieces in many collections, private and public throughout the world as well as in New Zealand, including in embassies in Brussels and Tokyo. My work has been selected as presents to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Christchurch's sister city, Kurashiki in Japan.

In 1999 I won an Art Excellence Award, which enabled me to study pottery and travel throughout Australia.

I have been a teacher of pottery for twenty-seven years teaching mainly in adult education classes as well as the teacher training colleges and weekend workshops throughout the South Island. I retired from teaching in 2001. Currently I am immediate past president of the New Zealand Potters Association. I have taken on the job of Treasurer now.

I like the challenge of the clay while working on the wheel, making pots that other people enjoy using My work is mainly domestic and my main interest is the use of colour, form and function.

Most of my work is fired in an electric kiln to stoneware temperature 1270 centigrade.I have for the last year experimented with Salt glazed and Pit-fired ware.

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This site started out as an effort to provide ceramic artists in Christchurch, New Zealand with an outlet for their work after the devastating earthquake that essentially destroyed the business district, and much of urban Christchurch in 2010. After suffering the loss of their physical outlets in the earthquakes some of these studio artists formed the Cracked Pots Society and launched this website which gives the public a chance to again see and buy their work.

Since that time ceramic artists have found new ways to display and sell their work. In 2015 NZ Potters took over the site and offerred it as a free service to members in New Zealand.

ceramicsonline.co.nz has now been handed over to Lawrence Ewing who hopes to further develop the site and offer it to all potters and ceramic artists in New Zealand.

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