Blue vase [3] - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa - Art Collection, Te Papa Collections Online, Matapihi

Blue vase [3]

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Parker, Richard


I was given the task of paying homage to the clay history of the Expo site and making a site-specific work that was visible over a mezzanine rail from the floor below. I wanted to make the clay fly and develop a life of its own. I was helped by a happy accident. I had a collapse in the kiln of some smaller pots that left them bent. it rendered them fluid and relieved them of their visual weight. They started to point their toes and raise their chins, so I COULD get these pots to dance. As I worked on the project I assembled a rich soup of ideas that moved backwards and forwards through time. The quatrefoil openings on the large tiles were invented as a tidy way of finishing the openings. I am certain that is why the pattern is not just Moorish or Gothic but universal. Anyone who sets out to perfect an idea to the point that the inner self says "that's it, that's far enough' ends up with a classical solution. So many have stopped at the same place. However, these things were not...