Artist potty over ceramics despite early ordeal

Ceramist Paul Maseyk installs Big Yellow, Big Orange and Big Blue in the Dunedin Public Art...
Ceramist Paul Maseyk installs Big Yellow, Big Orange and Big Blue in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.

Pots have been brewing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this week.

An exhibition steeped in old and new world art is being uncapped in the gallery today.

''One Pot Wonder'' is a 15-year survey exhibition by New Plymouth ceramist Paul Maseyk.

Many of the works reference ancient Greek amphorae, while featuring delicate friezes laden with contemporary imagery.

''Mum used to drag me through every pottery shop in the '80s when I was a kid and I used to hate it. There was a lot of bad pottery in the '80s,'' Maseyk (39) said.

''I think pottery has died off a lot. Back in the '70s and '80s, New Zealand had more potters per head of population than anywhere else.''

The exhibition serves up highlights of the artist's domestic ware and sculptural works.

Maseyk will hold an artist's talk at the gallery from 3pm-4pm tomorrow and a ceramic workshop at the Dunedin School of Art from 10am-4pm on Monday and Tuesday.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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