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Merilyn Wiseman

MOST OF MY WORK IS HANDBUILT USING SLABS OF CLAY AND EMPLOYING A VARIETY OF BUILDING TECHNIQUES
THE MAKING PROCESS CAN TAKE 3 OR 4 DAYS, DEPENDING ON DRYING CONDITIONS, I REALLY ENJOY THIS UNHURRIED METHOD OF WORKING .. IT MEANS THAT WHILE THE CLAY IS STILL PLASTIC I ‘M ABLE TO MAKE UNPLANNED CHANGES TO THE FORM AND IN THAT WAY DEVELOP IDEAS FOR NEW WORK. i FIND EXCITING.
 
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Merilyn has the ability to create the balance between strong, large classic forms, and add a twist of humour, character and attitude. Merilyn works these large forms in a technique that allows her to manoeuvre them into solid, heavy structures, albeit she is petite in frame. Experience and years of perfecting the artform of hand-built ceramics will do that. ARTFORM

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New ideas grow out of past work and from the exploration of ceramic materials..

The unique structural and textural qualities of these materials, in combination, are infinite and for me remain a constant source of fascination.

Merilyn Wiseman is a well established ceramicist who has exhibited and lectured widely throughout New Zealand.

Following a Preliminary Diploma at Elam School of Art in 1959, Merilyn continued her studies at Goldsmiths School of Art, University of London, and graduated in 1963 with a National Diploma of Design specialising in painting.

Holiday work in a country pottery in Ireland prompted her to return to New Zealand where she has been a full-time professional ceramicist since 1976.

Wiseman is the recipient of major awards including the 1984 Premier Award in Fletcher Challenge Pottery Award, the 1992 and 2001 Premier Awards in the Royal Easter Show Pottery Award, the 2005 Premier Award in Portage Ceramic Award, and the 2007 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. Wiseman is also three times recipient of the QE11 Arts Council Creative Development Grant. Her work can be found in important public collections throughout New Zealand and internationally including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, and Canterbury Museum, Christchurch.