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28 January 1989 —
26 February 1989

Ross Mitchell-Anyon:
Potter

Ross Mitchell-Anyon, 1989 (installation view).
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, 1989 (installation view).
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, 1989 (installation view).
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Bird feeder, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Beepots, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Casserole, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Teapots, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Lidded Pots, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Colander, 1989. Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Jugs, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Mortar Pestle, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Saltpots, 1989. Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Side-Handled Bowls, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Spiral Bowl, 1989. Salt glazed earthenware.
Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Spiral Bowls, 1989 (installation view). Salt glazed earthenware.

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Ross Mitchell-Anyon is a Wanganui based potter exhibiting in the Studio Gallery. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view his work as he rarely exhibits outside the region. His work centers around the production of functional domestic pots. Their scale and presence give them a grandeur and remarkable beauty, while his subtle ash glazings accentuate the versatile forms of the pots.

Artist’s statement -

These pots were made in Wanganui at my workshop on the bank of the river. They were all thrown on a potters wheel with either a single clay dug near Pahiatua or blended with white Nelson clay. They are glazed with simple high temperature stoneware glazes; for example, half clay and half ash collected from the kiln.

The kiln is wood-fired and is relatively inefficient, necessitating a long firing which gives the result I like. These pots are made for use. I want to show in this exhibition the nature of my work as a potter - the repetition of form and surface and the subtlety of the variation within this things. I want my work to speak of simplicity - even familiarity - and like to think that such work transcends fad or fashion, and will last as long as it is put to use. It is through use that a good pot becomes special and a patina of handlings and usings acquired.

Press

→ Pottery, New Zealand Herald, 02-02-1989

Ephemera

→ Ross Mitchell-Anyon, 1989, exhibition card

Our gallery is currently closed while we install our next exhibitions, but Te Tuhi Café and our other facilities and programmes remain open. Haere mai!

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