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Wi Taepa
Tangaroa, ceramic vessel paua shell inlay, contemporary Maori artist Wi Taepa

2001

$2,400Asking Price

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Tangaroa,ceramic vessel paua shell inlay, contemporary Maori artist Wi Taepa Wi Te Tau Pirika Taepa (born 1946, in Wellington) is a New Zealand ceramicist of Ngāti Pikiao, Te-Roro-o-Te-Rangi, Te Arawa and Te Āti Awa descent. He is recognized as a significant figure in contemporary New Zealand ceramics, and a leading figure in contemporary Māori clay art. After the closure of Kohitere Taepa enrolled in the four-year course for the New Zealand Certificate of Craft Design at Whitireia Polytechnic, graduating in 1992. In 1999 he graduated from Wanganui Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2007 he received a Masters of Māori Visual Arts from Massey University, Palmerston North. Taepa dates his interest in clay back to the 1960s, when he saw an exhibition of ceramics by an English artist, Jo Munro, at Willeston Gallery in Wellington.[5]:246 In 1985, while living in Levin and working at Kohitere, he attended night classes with the Levin Pottery Club.[5]:246 He prefers to handbuild his work rather than throw it on the wheel.[5]:246–8 In 1986 Taepa, alongside Baye Riddell, Paerau Corneal, Colleen Waata Urlich and Manos Nathan formed Ngā Kaihanga Uku, a collective of Māori clayworkers. In 2013 Uku Rere, an exhibition of the five founding members, was held at Pataka Art + Museum. In 2014 Uku Rere subsequently toured to Whangarei Art Museum: Te Manawa Toi, the Suter Art Gallery: Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Waikato Museum: Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Tairawhiti Museum: Te Whare Taonga o te Tairawhiti, and Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science + History, Palmerston North. Taepa has exhibited both nationally and internationally including a solo exhibition Wi Taepa at City Gallery Wellington (2012), Ngā Toko Rima at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (2005), Kiwa at Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver (2003), Glenn Green Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2001) and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1995). He has received support from Creative New Zealand to attend residencies and carry out research. Taepa has continued to teach, including at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. He says 'I'm interested in using clay as a form of creative expression. Teaching is also an art, so combining clay and teaching is an enjoyable challenge'.[5]:245

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