Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ipu Waiora

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A vessel to hold life-sustaining waters. Waiora translates into English as ‘living waters’. It also means health, welfare, well-being, all manifestations of mauri, the life force or life essence. Mauri is the force by which all of creation is upheld, sustained and replenished. On this particular vessel, the mauri is symbolised by the perforated spiral form complimented by the manaia. (The manaia is explained in the design on my Manarua o te Roroa vessel).

Manos Nathan

Manos Nathan

Māori

Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi

(1948-2015)

Since the mid-1980s, Manos has been at the forefront of the Māori ceramic movement. He is co-founder of Nga Kaihanga Uku, the national Māori clayworkers’ organization, although his background is in woodcarving and sculpture. (He carved the meeting house at Matatina Marae, Waipoua Forest, on his tribal lands.) His clay works draw on customary art forms and on the Māori cosmological and creation narratives. In 1989, he travelled to the United States on a Fulbright grant to visit Native American potters. A reciprocal visit took place in 1991.