Katherine Smyth
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EMAIL: katherinewgtnsmyth@gmail.com


1989-1991: Diploma of Fine Arts - Ceramics, National Art School, Sydney, Australia.

1982-1984: City and Guilds Chef training 706/1 and 706/2, Wellington and Auckland  

                    Polytechnical Institutes, Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand.


Professional activities

Katherine trained in ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia for 3 years from 1989 - 1991. For 8 years prior to this she had worked as a chef.

In 1993 she joined English potter, Jim Mason in Taibeh village (near ancient Petra), Jordan for several months. They taught pottery skills to young village women in the hope of reviving local ancient skills and traditions. Emphasis was on pottery made by the Nabateans (who built Petra) and other traditional potters from the region.

Katherine has been back to the Middle East a number of times since the first teaching job. In 1994 she accompanied a group of archaeologists from Sydney University to work on a Middle Bronze Age site at Rukeis in the North of Jordan.

From 1995 until 1998 she was based in London. She had studio space at Great Western Studios and cooked part-time at The Sugar Club restaurant in Notting Hill. Katherine designed and produced crockery for the restaurant and for Peter Gordon's first two cookbooks. She also designed and produced ware for The Union Cafe in Marylebone and the events company, Urban Productions.

In 1998 Katherine returned to New Zealand, basing herself in Wellington. She designed several ranges of domestic ware, one of which was for the homewares range of the Australian textile company, Cloth.

Katherine has been a full-time ceramist since the return to New Zealand. She has guest-lectured at Auckland's Unitec, Wellington's Massey University and the National Art School in Sydney, Australia.

In 2001 she designed and produced a range of tableware for Chow restaurant in Wellington.

In 2003 she was awarded a Creative New Zealand Professional Development Grant to travel back to parts of the Middle East to research Middle Bronze Age pottery.

In 2004 she was awarded a New Work Grant towards production of the research outcome. The Fruit series was the first of four bodies of resulting work.

The Alphabetical Order, Squash and Zoomorphic series have followed.

In 2010 she was commissioned by Koru Contemporary Art in Hong Kong to make a number of large works for installation in the Tianjin metropolitin Hotel and Polo Club in China.

2012 she received a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant towards production of the first of the Zoomorphic vessels

Exhibitions Solo

2016      Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ, Birds

2015      Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, NZ, Beastly

2014      Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ, Zoomorphic

2013      Piece Gallery, Matakana, NZ, Zoomorphic

2012      AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, New Crop

2010      AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, Dot, dot, dot...

2008      AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, Squash

2007      Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ, Squash

2007      Michael Hirschfield Gallery (City Art Gallery), Wellington, NZ,

              Katherine Smyth - A Survey.

2006      AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, Alphabetical Order

2005      Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, NZ, Fruit

2005      AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, Fruit

2003      AVID - Dealers in Applied Art, Wellington, NZ, Black and White and Red All Over

2002      Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, NZ, Red and White

2000      Eon, Auckland, NZ, Tall Vases

1999      AVID - Dealers in Applied Art, Wellington, NZ, Katherine Smyth

1994      Craftspace (NSW Crafts Council), Sydney, Australia, Tall Pottery and Carvings

1992      Mary Jane Learoyd Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Katherine Smyth

Exhibitions Group [selected]

2017     Wunderkama, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ

2015     Ornithology, Visual Culture, Welligton, NZ

2014     Confection, Visual Culture, Wellington, NZ

2012     Parting Darkness, The Dowse, Hutt City, NZ

2012     Small Works, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ

2011     Portage Ceramic Awards, Waitakere City, NZ

2009     Thrill Me Every Day - The Celia Dunlop Collection, The New Dowse, Hutt City, NZ

2009     Autumn Vessels, Piece Gallery, Matakana, NZ

2009     Masterworks, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ

2008     Summer Show, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ

2008     Natural Selection, Waiheke Gallery, Waiheke Is, Auckland, NZ

2007-08 Sum of the Parts, Masterworks, Auckland, NZ

2007-08 Portage Ceramic Awards, Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City, NZ

2007      Norsewear Art Awards, Hastings, NZ

2006      The Gift, The New Dowse, Hutt City, NZ

2005      The Home Show, AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2004      Norsewear Art Awards, Hastings, NZ

2003      Norsewear Art Awards, Hastings, NZ

2002      Heralds and Harbingers, Lopdell House Gallery, Waitkere City, NZ

2002-05 Portage Ceramic Awards, Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City, NZ

1997      Fourth Floor Gallery, Holborn, Londono, UK

1991      Walker Ceramics Awards for Graduatioooooong Students, Victorian Art Centre,

                Melbourne, Australia



2012      Creative New Zealand, New Work

2007      Portage Ceramic Awards, Merit award (Judge Jeff Shapiro)

2006      Waiclay (NZ Society of Potters), Premier Award (Judge Janet Mansfield)

2004      Creative New Zealand, New Work

2003      Creative New Zealand, Professional Development

2000      NZ Society of Potters Royal Easter Show, Merit award (Judge Campbell Hegan)

2000      Birkenhead Licensing Trust, Merit award (Judge Len Castle)

Works in Public Collections

Auckland (War Memorial) Museum, NZ

Te Papa Museum, NZ

Dowse Art Museum, NZ

Wallace Arts Trust, NZ

London Design Museum, England

NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs Collection - in Wellington (NZ), Hong Kong (China),

 Jakarta (Indonesia), London (England), New York (USA), Ottawa (Canada), Teheran (Iran)


Avid Gallery (Wellington) ph:0064 4 4727703 www.avidgallery.co.nz

Masterworks Gallery (Auckland) www.masterworksgallery.com ph:0064 9 378 1256

Milford Galleries (Dunedin/ Queenstown) www.milfordgalleries.co.nz ph:0064 3 4777727

Artform (Matakana) www.artformgallery.co.nz ph:0064 9 4229125

Visual Culture (Wellington) ph:0064 027 420 4331

Vessel (Wellington) www.vessel.co.nz  ph:0064 4 4992321

Small Acorns (Wellington)  www.smallacorns.co.nz ph:0064 4 4995795

Annex (Auckland) www.annex.net.nz ph:0064 9 3786018

Te Uru Gallery (Titirangi) www.teuru.org.nz ph: 0064 9 817 8087

Corbans Estate Art Centre (Henderson)www.ceac.org.nz ph 0064 9 8384455

The Country Providore (Hamilton) www.thecountryprovidore.co.nz ph: 0064 7 859 1380

Vesta Design (Queenstown)  www.vestadesign.co.nz ph: 0064 3 4425687