Manukau Courier : January 6th 2011
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FROM Page 2 More than 50 years after starting his career he's still highly regarded as New Zealand's most prolific potter. Now at 86 he's finally retired and let the clay dry up. His work might have come to an end but his reputation is still strong in the art world. Some of his favourite pieces are now exhibited in Papa- kura's new museum. They're also on display at Te Papa in Wellington for the next two years. The couple still giggle when they hear Peter described as a pioneer but when you wander through their 60s modernist home and see pictures he's taken of pottery being used as far away as Nigeria, you can see why the title rings true. When we first started out in this industry, people didn't know anything. There were no books, there was no one to ask. You would just experiment and see what happens,'' Diane says. Peter's acknowledged as a leading figure in the develop- ment of studio pottery in New Zealand, thanks to a lifetime of constantly pushing the bound- aries, developing new methods and never settling for anything with the tiniest of cracks. Yes, I'm a perfectionist,'' he says proudly as he squints to find the small crack that made one pot sitting in his garden unworthy of being sold. The Stichburys lived and breathed pottery as a way of life. At teachers' college in 1946, Peter was chosen to be a part of a group to receive special train- ing with the arts. It was an era when a new philosophy in art and craft was emerging and it introduced him to clay model- ling and wheel work. The couple moved to Ardmore in 1951 where Peter was assist- ant art lecturer at Ardmore Teachers College. He was given the freedom to develop a pottery programme with a creative and experimental approach. He won the prestigious Association of New Zealand Art Societies fellowship in 1957 which helped him learn more from the international leaders of the studio pottery movement. They travelled to St Ives, England, where Peter worked alongside Bernard Leach and Japanese potter Shoji Hamada. Then they headed to Nigeria to work alongside English potter Michael Cardew. Back in New Zealand in 1959, Peter got to work. His experiments in stone- ware resulted in recipes using a mixture of commercial and local clays and with his oil-fired kiln at Ardmore he used glazes not possible before his pre- fellowship days. Diane says there were no how-to books for potters and Peter would spend much of his time recording his every step. Looking through the stack of log books in which he kept all the firing records is like perus- ing the pages of the world's most experimental chefs. It's a world of experience he's shared with others right up until this year. Peter was still teaching one class a week at the Auckland Studio Potter's Society until October. But he decided it was time to give it up after suffering a health problem. Peter now spends his days making violins and cellos for his two grandchildren, a skill he learned from friend and renowned violin maker Ian Sweetman. Diane, who dubs herself a potter's mate, still keeps busy with family, run- ning around after her grand- children and weaving blankets. And when they manage to get a spare afternoon, they like to sit in the lounge and sip tea out of his famous brown cups.
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