The translation is simply ipu = vessel / pot and toa = warrior. The vessel simply depicts the warrior spirit of the Māori. The Māori were well known for their prowess in battle—not only in pre-European times but also against colonial troops equipped with superior weapons—and also in the two world wars fighting in foreign lands where many still lie.
$ 375.00 CAD
$ 1,750.00 CAD
by Baye Riddell
$ 2,850.00 CAD
Baye attended Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand, returning to his home in Tokomaru Bay in 1977. He established a ceramics studio/workshop in 1973 and has been working as a full-time ceramicist ever since. He has tutored extensively throughout New Zealand in tertiary institutions and on marae (traditional gathering places), and he has run many art workshops establishing community, national and international networks. He has exhibited widely, been represented in many public and private collections and had his works profiled in many magazines and books. In 1987 he co-founded Nga Kaihanga Uku, a Māori clayworkers’ organization, and in 1989 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to establish an exchange with Native American artists. His work was selected for “Te Waka Toi: Contemporary Māori Art,” which toured the United States from 1992 to 1994, and he travelled to China and Korea in 2001 as a guest artist for the World Ceramics Expo.
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