Doreen Blumhardt: Jet-Powered Meteor
13 Dec 2017 – 01 Apr 2018
Once described by colleagues as a ‘jet-powered meteor’, Dame Doreen Blumhardt (1914–2009) was a unique figure in the Aotearoa New Zealand pottery scene. From craft education to advocacy, hosting and publishing, Doreen was central to the development of craft in schools and fellow potters were spurred on by her generosity, energy and vigour.
Doreen Blumhardt: Jet Powered Meteor shows some of the key friendships that she developed over her lifetime, featuring her own works alongside a range of pots from her personal collection.
The exhibition highlights some of the mentors and relationships that New Zealand potters shared. Anglo-Oriental pottery traditions were important for the growth of domestic ware here, but there was also a rich local context and the natural environment played a key role in the practice of many potters.
Featuring works by Tsunezo Arao, Barry Brickell, Michael Cardew, David Carson-Parker, Len Castle, John Chappell, Crewenna Pottery, Shoji Hamada, Jack Laird, Leach Pottery, Kanjiro Kawai, Takeichi Kawai, Helen Mason, John Parker, Lucie Rie, Tatsuzo Shimaoka, Mirek Smisek, Peter Stichbury, and Graeme Storm.
In the media
A Life in Clay, Simon Gennard, 7 December 2018
Listen to Emma Bugden discuss the New Zealand Potter magazine and pottery community in Pottery on the Page, Standing Room Only, Radio NZ (17 Dec 2017) .
Listen to our Senior Curator, Melanie Oliver discuss Doreen Blumhardt: Jet-Powered Meteor on The Hutt Zone, Access Radio
New Zealand Potter: A Partial Archive is an anthology that brings together selected articles from the first years of the magazine New Zealand Potter, 1958–1967. Published by Small Bore Books and our dear friend Emma Bugden - it is available from Mine: The Dowse Store. If you would like to order a copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blumhardt Foundation trustees and ceramic specialists Simon Manchester and Brian Wood in conversation about the history of pottery in Aotearoa and what makes a good pot.
Listen to the discussion here.