A collection of ceramics owned by celebrated Dunedin artist
the late Ralph Hotere has been acquired by the Otago Museum.
Hotere built up the collection, comprising about 90 pieces,
over about 20 years, from the late 1960s.
Many of the pieces were on show or used in his Port Chalmers
home and garden.
Works from the ''Ralph Hotere Ceramics Collection'' will be
exhibited at the museum's H D Skinner Annex in March next
year, museum officials say.
The collection features the work of many important New
Zealand ceramicists, including Barry Brickell, Nicholas
Brandon, Lawrence Ewing and Mirek Smísek.
Most of the pieces were made by Brickell, a master of
ceramics, creator of homemade kilns and the force behind the
successful Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in the
A friend and contemporary of Hotere, Brickell moved to
Dunedin in 1975, where he stayed with Hotere.
Together, they built a kiln using pine bark from the wharf at
Museum curator humanities Moira White said she was
''thrilled'' that the collection was being safeguarded at the
museum, and that the Dunedin and Otago public would be able
to view these ceramics in future.
Discussions to acquire the collection began in 2012 when Ms
White was approached by Hotere.
The collection was now at the museum.
Each piece would be entered into the museum's collection
management system, and fully catalogued.
The museum was honoured to have been ''approached by Ralph
and entrusted with the care of this special collection'', Ms
Most of the pieces dated from the 1960s and '70s, and the
collection provided ''a fascinating glimpse into a vibrant
period of New Zealand art''.