POTTER AND CERAMIC ARTIST
We are delighted to welcome Potter and Ceramic Artist, Greg Barron as a guest artist to KOAST.
Greg has had a career spanning more than forty years. During this time he has found a balance between traditional handcrafted pottery production and that of a more explorative creative approach in developing his contemporary vessel forms. Always with a view toward self reliance and sustainability, Greg has sourced materials close at hand in order to produce beautiful and refined ceramics.
He attended Wellington Polytechnic Design School in 1966 and began working as a potter with Mirek Smisek at TeHoro in 1972. For a time he also worked with Yvonne Rust at her studio in Parua Bay, Northland. His career includes exhibiting in the Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Ceramics NZ annual exhibitions The Portage Ceramics Award and the Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Australia. Greg has been awarded on numerous occasions and been assisted by Creative New Zealand to work internationally amongst other artists, in China, Australia and the USA. His work is held in the Australasian collection in Fuping and the Shanghai Craft Museum. Over the past fifteen years he and his wife, Jin Ling have established "Glenbervie Pottery" in rural Glenbervie near Whangarei.
Artist statement : " I am interested with aspects of the real, the handmade, a sense of place and relationship tothe natural environment. With the ideal of sustainability and using materials close at hand I dig and process clay from nearby pits, firing a wood fueled kiln".
Within the context of my work is the juxtaposition between tradition and the evolution of ceramics within fine art media".