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Platter. From the group:The ocean. From the series: The magma flows, the magma cools on its way to the ocean.
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Creator
Culture
New Zealander
Title
Platter. From the group:The ocean. From the series: The magma flows, the magma cools on its way to the ocean.
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Work Type
ceramics, studio ceramics, works of art
Date
1991
Material
stoneware, blue glaze over black underglaze
Measurements
65mm, 400mm, 395mm
Description

'In my pottery, my mind has focused subconsciously or consciously on natural phenomena. As a potter who works with fire as his partner and as one of the tools for the creative process, my interest in New Zealand volcanic activity was a natural development.

In the geothermal hinterland of the central North Island, between the sky and the subterranean, are marks left by the feverish exhalation of volcanic activity. Volcanoes, lava flows, ash deposits, explosion craters, hot springs, geysers, mineral deposits and the thermally metamorphosed rocks form an important and fascinating part of the landscape.

After a firing in my kiln I have noticed similarities between some of the effects of the volcanic geothermal activity and what can occur in certain glazes when they are heated to a fever pitch of molecular activity.

Glaze eruptions, scoriaceous blistering, flow and colour-separation effects can occur. I have used some of these effects as part of the statement about my work in this exhibition.'

Len Castle
'Treasures of the Underworld', New Zealand Pavilion, World Expo, Seville, Spain. 12 April-20 October 1992

Repository
Collection: Art
Commissioned 1991, in partnership with Expo NZ 1992 Ltd and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand
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Subject
Spain
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Image and original data provided by Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa
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