Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Puawaitanga • Native Clematis (Parirau—Storyteller’s series)


A warrior, wearing his war belt, pads silently through the damp forest tracks. Primed for war he pushes to the deepest recesses of his mind—interior of the pot—the knowledge of pain, blood, and possible death that may be the outcome of the battle, while acknowledging the heart stopping beauty of clematis blossums flung across the heads of forest giants in the gullies below.

Colleen Waata Urlich

Colleen Waata Urlich



Te Popoto o Ngā Puhi Ki Kaipara


Largely self-taught, Colleen developed her interest in pottery while completing an art major at Auckland Teachers College. She continued to experiment during the 1970s, encouraged by Alec Musha, one of the first Māori potters. She believes strongly in tradition, decorating with traditional Māori weaving patterns or by adding muka (flax fibre), feathers or shell to her works. For her, “working with clay means working with the body of Mother Earth, she who influences and sustains us physically and spiritually.”