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Aimée McLeod

People tell me I’m lucky because I live my passion. Some days, when I open my kiln on yet another disaster, I’m not so sure! Couldn’t I be passionate about something easier?

I first 'discovered' pottery in the early ‘70s in a little place called Tachikui, in Japan. I decided there and then I wanted to become a potter!

It was not until 16 years later that I finally had the time to devote myself seriously to potting. In 1989, after finishing my Certificate in Craft Design at Whitireia Polytech, I took the plunge, bought a kiln, set up at home and basically taught myself.

In June 2004, I completed the 4-year part time Diploma of Art(Ceramics) run by Janet de Boos and Greg Daly, at ANU, Canberra. It provided me with plenty of ideas to keep me going and I met some wonderful like-minded people. 

The 10 years we spent in Japan influenced my taste for traditional glazes- tenmoku, Chun, copper reds, celadons, the temperamental runny ones. Throwing functional ware centres me and I love firing these in reduction to cone 10 in a gas kiln.

I also enjoy hand building, coiling mainly, lowering my temperatures and developing less functional glazes, in fact every aspect of studio pottery.  

I have exhibited work in Japan and in New Zealand in a number of selected group exhibitions, done various commissions and supply a number of shops.

Member of Wellington Potters Association and of the Gear Homestead Woolshed Potters, where I taught night classes for a number of years.

I have been the Wellington Regional Council Member for NZP and Ceramics NZ twice, organising several regional and National exhibitions. In 2017-18, I was co-convener of the Ceramics NZ 59th National Exhibition and our convention, Expressive Ceramics 2018. 

I am hoping to get my life back now and move on.

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