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Rosemary O'Hara
I love the colours of earthenware clays and using slips and terra sigillatas. I am inspired by traditional making methods, coiling, burnishing, scraffito, folk art and the endless patterns of nature. I started handbuilding pottery at Wellington Teachers College in 1977 with George Kojis as tutor, followed by CEC night classes with Michael Dee. A few years later I left primary teaching and set up a pottery studio in Upper Cuba St in Wellington. I did a 6 month apprenticeship with Murray Clayton in Wadestown. From there I potted more or less full time, as finances would allow.

I joined the Clayshapes co-operative in Oriental Bay and later The Potters Shop in Woodward St. I moved my studio to Tonks Ave off Upper Cuba St and produced slip decorated earthenware domestic and terra cotta baking wares (which can still be found from time to time in a second hand shops!). I taught several classes a week at Wellington High School CEC, children’s holiday classes and weekend workshops in coiling and slip decoration. I exhibited annually at Wellington Potters exhibitions, was represented in NZSP Nationals and Crafts Council exhibitions between 1982 and 1996.

A trip to S.E.Asia in 1991, that included studying and photographing village pottery production in Northern Thailand and Lombok Indonesia greatly influenced my love of hand building and coiling and opened the door to making larger pieces.

In the wake of the economic downturn of that late 90’s I gave up on the financial struggle of being a single full time potter. I sold up my studio to focus on studying, in order to find a more financially sustainable occupation! However I kept my hand in with pottery, taking weekly night classes and regular school holiday programs.

In late 2014 I opened my long awaited studio at home in Plimmerton. Last year also saw me taking my turn as President of Wellington Potters Assn where I have held my classes, and attending Hawaiians Kate and Will Jacobson’s very inspiring ‘Naked Raku’ weekend workshop in Wellington. So far in the last year I have had work selected for:
  • WPA Annual Exhibition October ‘14 at re:SPACE
  • NZP Elements Exhibition, Aratoi Art Gallery, Masterton, May-June 2015 and
  • NZP Annual Exhibition, Auck City Art Gallery, June 2015.
  • At this point in time I am producing my original design of chicken bricks (‘Rommertoff’s’) and vege bakers for sale from my studio and Naked Raku pieces for exhibitions. I am still building up stock and intend to expand the range of cooking and dining ware in time. I am part time teaching in Primary schools.

    I’m happy to greet you at my studio or package and courier to you.

    Contact Details
     
    04 233 0003
    021 201 6764
     
    roseo@klezmer.co.nz
    Postal Address
    8 Reserve Rd
    Plimmerton
    Porirua 5026
     
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