Three pioneering New Zealand ceramic artists from the “golden age of clay” have brought their passion for pottery and 40 years of friendship to Mahara Gallery in Waikanae.
An exhibition of work by Pamella Annsouth, Anneke Borren and Jenny Shearer opened on 14 April and will continue at the Gallery until 3 June.
Gallery Director-curator Janet Bayly says the exhibition is an opportunity for the Gallery to recognise and celebrate the art of three women whose passion for working in clay helped build New Zealand’s international reputation for studio pottery in the 1970s.
She says “Back then, New Zealand had an international reputation for producing some of the best and most creative potters in the world,” she said.
“Import restrictions limited what could be brought into the country and created a vibrant market for local works.
The trio’s friendship was forged in these years against a background of galleries and studios.