Inspired: Ceramics and jewellery shaped by the past

The exhibition drew on contemporary and historic objects from Te Papa and considered how objects can be connected across time.

  • When 24 Aug 2016 - 19 Sep 2016
  • Where Level 6
  • Cost Free entry

Discover the links between contemporary decorative arts and ancient objects.

See how a Picasso jug reflects the drama and techniques of Greek red-figure pottery, and how the quirky ceramic work of New Zealander Richard Stratton echoes the patterns in Chinese cobalt-blue porcelain.

This exhibition brought together some of the newest and oldest items in Te Papa’s collection, including work by many of this country’s most acclaimed ceramic artists and jewellers.

A selection of ceramic figures


My Creature. From the installation ’My Creatures’, 2009, New Zealand, by Bronwynne Cornish. Purchased 2011. Te Papa (2011-0022-1/C-G)