"Ode to a Grecian Urn - All things must pass" Chuck Joseph

"Ode to a Grecian Urn - All things must pass" by Chuck Joseph is the Premier Award winning work in "the Vessel - rethinking Function". Designed by John Parker and judged by James Parkinson, the Auckland Studio Potters Exhibition 2015 is at Allpress Gallery,  8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay, 25th June - 5th July. 

Chuck Joseph Ode to a Grecian Urn

The Portage Ceramic Awards 2014. Review by Moyra Elliott - Cone Ten and Descending

Excerpt from Moyra Elliott's review of the Portage Ceramic Awards 2014 as  judged by Takeshi Yasuda.  

"Rive’s winning work was one of her three entries that were included in the show and all were stunning in their vibrancy and execution. The Space Between, a figurative work about, as she put it, an ongoing conversation with self, was a depiction of photographer Diane Arbus’ quote that attempted to describe the gap between who someone is and who they think they are. This may seem a little weighty for aceramics but it is skilfully illustrated by the hard-to-read expression on the larger figure’s face – was it derisive, distrusting, disconcerted or simply grieved? The mien is almost passive and that mouth – neither smiling nor scornful but also not relaxed gives but little away. Looking down, perhaps pensively, at the drooping figure of herself she clasps in her hand, the space between is immeasurable. It’s a deserving win."

 

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Friends of Waikato Museum purchase TOY SOLDIERS Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau 1868

The Barry Hopkins Gallery, 12 December 2014 - 26 January 2015

A celebratory exhibition to 'show off' the best works gifted by deed in the past 40 years from the Friends of Waikato Museum. 

  Image: Toy Soldiers (Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau 1868), Gifted by the Friends of Waikato Museum, Collection Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

Image: Toy Soldiers (Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau 1868), Gifted by the Friends of Waikato Museum, Collection Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

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Pioneer Pets - Te Awamutu Museum Gallery, 15 Nov 2013 - 19 Jan 2014

This work is in the Trusts Portage Ceramics Awards touring exhibition 2013/14,  developed by Lopdell House Gallery and showing at the Te Awamutu Museum Gallery 15 November 2013 - 19 January 2014.

 PIONEER PETS   Kupe's dog,  Joseph Banks's greyhound and Captain Cook's goat.  Chuck Joseph 2013 "A set of three ceramic animals, all  visitors to Aotearoa during the earliest days of settlement; Kupe's dog, Joseph Banks's greyhound and Captain Cook's goat named Folly. These animals are  constucted  in the Staffordshire figurine style; clay figures which celebrate historical events. The group of three creates a ceramic monument, silent and curious witnesses to extraordinary explorations."       Chuck Joseph ©

PIONEER PETS   Kupe's dog,  Joseph Banks's greyhound and Captain Cook's goat.  Chuck Joseph 2013
"A set of three ceramic animals, all  visitors to Aotearoa during the earliest days of settlement; Kupe's dog, Joseph Banks's greyhound and Captain Cook's goat named Folly. These animals are  constucted  in the Staffordshire figurine style; clay figures which celebrate historical events. The group of three creates a ceramic monument, silent and curious witnesses to extraordinary explorations."       Chuck Joseph ©

The Sparkasse Talent Award, KERAMIKMUSEUM WESTERWALD

12 September 2013 
"TOY SOLDIERS Von Tempsky and the Hau hau"  has been  accepted by one of Europe’s most important competitions for ceramics.  The Sparkasse Talent Award. Held in the KERAMIKMUSEUM WESTERWALD in Hohr Grenzhausen – a historic salt-glaze centre, the competition centres upon a different subject each time.  This time it was on THE FIGURE - SCULPTURE IN CERAMICS. There was an international  jury of  five from Germany, Great Britain and the USA.

 TOY SOLDIERS Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau  by Chuck Joseph ©  Here I depict a set of six soldiers from New Zealand history as a traditional set of Victorian toys with some foliage and a camp fire. The two Rangers and Von Tempsky, their mercenary leader, are shown as a Magpie, a Rook and a Myna bird, all introduced birds. Their adversaries are the Hau Hau. These Maori guerrilla fighters were fighting to regain their land and are shown as a Tui, a Huia and a Kokako, all indigenous birds.  Although toy soldiers are things of childhood, they have always represented to me society’s acceptance of something that should be questioned or at least understood because lessons of history are so soon lost. Von Tempsky, the artistic mercenary, died at the hands of the Hau Hau and the Hau Hau’s cause was soon lost. My figures are ghostly faded figures, souvenirs of a battle not forgotten.       CJ.                        

TOY SOLDIERS Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau  by Chuck Joseph ©

Here I depict a set of six soldiers from New Zealand history as a traditional set of Victorian toys with some foliage and a camp fire. The two Rangers and Von Tempsky, their mercenary leader, are shown as a Magpie, a Rook and a Myna bird, all introduced birds. Their adversaries are the Hau Hau. These Maori guerrilla fighters were fighting to regain their land and are shown as a Tui, a Huia and a Kokako, all indigenous birds.
 Although toy soldiers are things of childhood, they have always represented to me society’s acceptance of something that should be questioned or at least understood because lessons of history are so soon lost.
Von Tempsky, the artistic mercenary, died at the hands of the Hau Hau and the Hau Hau’s cause was soon lost.
My figures are ghostly faded figures, souvenirs of a battle not forgotten.       CJ.