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Gloria Young - Earthenware  


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Artist's Profile
I grew up in Queensland Australia and became resident in New Zealand since 1967. Graduated with N.Z. Certificate in Ceramics at Otago Polytechnic in 1979.

My influences in direction came out of the ceramic history classes at the Otago Museum, and the handling of ancient ceramics, notably a bowl from Ancient Persia 9,000 years old. This led me to an interest in Persian pottery, and the tin-glazed earthenware which dominated European ceramics from the early 1500s. Chinese porcelain was the most recurrent source of imitation, initially for the invention of the tin glaze itself, but I became aware of the part played by the imitations, and how the paintings on the pottery were borrowed from paintings, engravings and prints. I noted that forms and decorative motifs were adopted from other applied arts notably metalwork and textiles.

So I started to take shapes of pots and flattened them in order to have a surface on which to paint, and changed them experimenting in forms of cubism, so that the pots I made became more like paintings of pots, but they were still in three dimensions, and still had the capacity to function as pots. The glaze I use is similar to that used in early Maiolica (or Faince or Delft) in that it is opacified, low fired and I paint on top of the glaze before the final firing.

My recent work is a response to a concern about endangered species in New Zealand. My work has been exhibitied in exhibitions at the N.Z. Academy of Fine Arts, along with many other exhibitions in N.Z., Australia and the U.K.

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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.

Contact - Lawrence Ewing,
email: lawrenceewing8@gmail.com,
ph: 03 973 5997