Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Nga Tupana 1 — The Ancestors

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A tribute to ancient ancestors who explored the Pacific region and settled within the Polynesian triangle of Te Moana nui a Kiwa — the Pacific Ocean.

Colleen Waata Urlich

Colleen Waata Urlich

ONZM

Māori

Te Popoto o Ngā Puhi Ki Kaipara

(1939-2015)

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.”