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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Gateway into the world

This bowl has two different whites and variations of both in the glaze.

Mirek Smisek

Gateway into the world, Mirek Smisek, 2009. Snowglaze, 85 x 175.
Mirek Smisek has worked as a potter in New Zealand since 1951. I met him at his studio/gallery at Waikanae last Wednesday. He seems very grounded and very energised, calm and vibrant. He emphasised to me and the friends I was with that life is enhanced if you're doing something creative. He encouraged us to start some creative activity.
His advice contrasted to that given by a "life coach" on the radio on New Year's Day who managed to seem manic and mawkish - banality masquerading as profundity.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


We've had a good batch of night flowering cactus flowers this season. Since I took this photo Xmas and New Years Eve have happened and I had a four day trip to Te Horo to go to a wedding.

I went with the friends I was staying with to Mirek Smisek and Pamella Annsouth's pottery and gallery at Waikanae. Mirek spoke of his belief that creativity is an essential part of human behaviour. The exhibition '60 Years 60 Pots' is a survey of his work from 1949 to 2009.