We are close to full funding for this project after numerous
fundraising efforts that included an auction courtesy of Art +
Object. Your support will help us get across the finishing line by
covering the last of the writing and editing costs. Any additional
funds raised will be put towards a residency opportunity with
Etched in Fire will be an important monograph on the life and
work of Australian based New Zealand potter Chester Nealie, an
international authority on the Japanese style anagama (woodfiring).
Chester Nealie is a charismatic figure whose knowledge is
generously shared wherever he travels.
Etched in Fire will document an important part of our ceramic
history. A valuable resource for artists, collectors and historians
The book will bring together a lifetime of work in photographs
and important essays by key artists, curators and writers including
Denis O'Connor, Peter Lange, Owen Rye, Grace Cochrane, Lucy
Hammonds, Justine Olsen and Dr Damian Skinner who is also editor.
The project is delighted to be partnered with the experience and
expertise that is Ron Sang Publishing.
Special thanks for your support from the 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's pots are usually wheel thrown then hand manipulated to
give informality, each one formed through playful practice. Careful
consideration and expertise leads to each pots placement in the
kiln, which is designed to achieve a variety of surface effects by
handling, placing and location to the flames and ash during firing.
The raw untreated pots, or with glaze or other clay surfaces
interact with the intense heat during several days of firing. The
firing process requires a round the clock vigil of fire stoking
with wood which comes from Chester's property. In recent times some
of the clay he uses comes from his own creek bed. Chester's
surrounding landscape informs and inspires his making.
Chester usually stacks his pieces in the kiln wedging scallop
shells between them. A process he developed when living near the
Kaipara Harbour on a property laden with shell remains. This has
the effect of not only protecting each piece from another, but
leaves behind intriguing fossil like imprints and fabulous colour
variations and streaks where the shell has interacted with the
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.
37 MONTHS AGO
Firstly thanks have to go to all the donors who have made it possible to raise the final funds for this monograph on Chester Nealie. Thank-you thank-you thank-you.
For those you still want to get involved with the project any additional funds raised will go towards a residency opportunity for a New Zealand potter with Chester Nealie at his studio in Gulgong, Australia.
Any additional support will be greatly appreciated!