Inspired by the ancient 3,500 - 4,000 year old patterns of the Lapita ceramic tradition of the Pacific. The ancient motifs have been adapted over thousands of years by descendant cultures into unique statements that now reflect the diverse Polynesian cultures evolved from those ancient peoples. The patterns on the vessels trace a visual pattern-path across the Pacific, from Indonesia, to Hawaii in the east, and to New Zealand — Aotearoa, in the south.
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.”
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Canada V6B 1A1
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