Chester Nealie Book
Chester Nealie Book is a committee of eight who are working on behalf of Chester Nealie:
Stuart Newby, Derek Firth, Wally Hirsch, Trien Steverlynck, Ron Sang, John Nealie, Christine Hedlund, Eloise Kitson.
New Zealand born Chester Nealie (1942) began making ceramics in 1964 after instruction in New Zealand from Shoji Hamada, Takeichi Kawai and Michael Cardew. He has lectured, built kilns and conducted many firings in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA, Korea and Norway. His wood-fired pots show the effects of prolonged firing at high temperatures on raw clay surfaces, using an anagama kiln. Although the pots have a basic classical form, their individuality is present in the freedom and joy in hand making combined with the magical spontaneity of flame. Chester is a New Zealand potter now living and working in Australia.
Chester has held numerous one person exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia, as well as having participated in many group exhibitions also in Japan, Korea, China, USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Spain & Germany. He is internationally recognised as a leading figure in woodfired ceramics.
His work is in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland and Norway and in several public collection including Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington and Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland.