John Parker: Handmade Precision
John Parker: He Toki Ngao Matariki

John Parker is one of New Zealand’s most distinctive ceramic artists. Simple lines, clean edges, and industry-inspired forms feature throughout his 50-year career. 

  • When Closed 26 Feb 2017
  • Where Level 6
  • Cost Free exhibition

I am not interested in the random and the spontaneous. I want to be better than a lathe, more plastic than plastic.

John Parker, 1987 

Parker is one of New Zealand’s most distinctive ceramic artists. Throughout his 50-year career, he has favoured the simple lines and clean edges of modernism. Industrial forms, Crown Lynn pottery, and opera are among the influences on his work.

A 2007 residency in China inspired Parker to explore different techniques, including decorating with decals – like the goldfish on this bottle. In China, Parker experienced the epiphany that his work was playing ‘a small part in the continuum of ceramic history.’

Goldfish vase

Caption

John Parker, 2008. Bottle - goldfish on vortex plinth. Te Papa (2009-0004-1/A-B to B-B)