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Mirek Smìšek: 60 Years 60 Pots

19 November 2011 - 29 Jan 2012Bowl 1980s, cobalt, manganese, iron salt glaze on porcelain, 110 x 150mm

Lane and Wall Galleries


A man who survived the Nazi labour camps in World War II became one of New Zealand’s most remarkable pioneer potters.
This exhibition celebrates the work of that man – Mirek Smíšek (OBE) – who made Aotearoa his home in 1951. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1925, Smíšek is believed to be New Zealand’s first independent studio potter. He established a studio in Nelson 1954 and galvanized the beginnings of the pottery movement there.
Curated by Gary Fremantle, 60 Years 60 Pots shows Smíšek’s development as a potter and how he has been inspired by Japanese masters and ancient sources from around the world.
Included in this show, developed by Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, are Smíšek’s key forms of bowls, vases, jugs, crocks and plates. This is the first full exhibition of his work.