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Artist: Aaron Scythe


 

Aaron Scythe, NEW ZELAND

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ARTIST STATEMENT

What I make I feel comes from me ………
When you look around at everything ………
There is beautiful design everywhere ………
Yet it is made in a factory, often without thoughts of ………
Nothing left of the human soul ……..
Completely dehumanised soulless beauty……
Like talking to a wall waiting for an answer…..nothing 
Yes what I make I feel comes from me …………
Designed yet often not thought out 
Fingerprints, imperfect forms, distortion, soul 
A human expression ……………

わたしが感じて、わたしがつくるものはわたしの中から……
わたしのまわりにあるものすべてから…..
どこにでも、美しいデザインはあり…..
けれど工場でつくられているもの、深く考えることなく…..
人間のもつ心もなく….
完全に人間疎外、心なしの美しさ….
壁に向かいはなしかけているのと一緒…..答えはない
そう、わたしが感じて、わたしがつくるものはわたしの中から….
デザインしているけど、あまりよく考えていない
指跡、不完全なかたち、曲がっている、心
心ある人間の表現…..

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
1971 Born Auckland, New Zealand
1986 Worked as slip caster, Halls Industries , Auckland
1988 Studied at Carrington Polytechnic, Craft and Design course
1989 Moved to Sydney, studied at East Sydney Tech Ceramic School, discovered Momoyama pots.
1993 Worked at Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, N.S.W, Australia. Self-directed study. Built and fired an anagama kiln. Experimented and studied traditional shino glaze. In that time lived for short periods in Dubbo, NSW, and studied under a Japanese potter. Built and fired a noborigama kiln
1995 First visit to Japan to further my study of shino.
1997 Rented studio in Mashiko Japan. Began working in porcelain, Oribe, Kizeto and Hikidashi techniques. Built second anagama kiln for firing and study of shino glazes.

 

EXHIBITIONS IN JAPAN:
1996 Studied under professor Koie Ryoiji at his Kamiyahagi studio, working in the Mino style of pots.
1993 Worked at Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, N.S.W, Australia. Self-directed study. Built and fired an anagama kiln. Experimented and studied traditional shino glaze. In that time lived for short periods in Dubbo, NSW, and studied under a Japanese potter. Built and fired a noborigama kiln
1995 First visit to Japan to further my study of shino.
1997 Rented studio in Mashiko Japan. Began working in porcelain, Oribe, Kizeto and Hikidashi techniques. Built second anagama kiln for firing and study of shino glazes.

 

EXHIBITIONS IN JAPAN:
1996 Studied under professor Koie Ryoiji at his Kamiyahagi studio, working in the Mino style of pottery.
1999 April: solo exhibition, Space Nico Gallery, Kasama City
1999 April: group exhibition Kyouei Gama Gallery, Tokoname City
1999 August: solo exhibition Moegi gallery, Mashiko Town
1999 September solo exhibition Toko gallery, Mashiko town
1999 September art installation Toko art space, Jonaizaka Mashiko Town
1999 October   solo exhibition Shirahagi gallery, Kamakura City
1999 December group exhibition Kyoueigama, Tokoname City
2000 March solo exhibition Kouzuma gallery, Yokohama
2000 April solo exhibition Kofukudo gallery, Shizuoaka city
2000 June solo exhibition Shirahagi gallery, Kamakura City
2000 July solo exhibition Toko gallery, Mashiko Town
2000 July art installation Toko Art Space, Jonaizaka Mashiko town
2001 solo exhibition             Kyouei Gama gallery, Tokoname City
2001 February solo exhibition Shinju gallery Tokyo
2001 August solo exhibition Moegi gallery, Mashiko Town
2001 September solo exhibition Toko gallery, Mashiko Town
2001 September art installation Toko Art Space Jonaizaka Mashiko Town
2002 September solo exhibition Kai gallery, Tokyo
2002 September solo exhibition Shirahagi, Kamakura City
2002 October   solo exhibition Iwama gallery, Okasaki City
2003 March two person show Toko gallery, Mashiko Town
2003 April solo exhibition Tas Tas gallery, Kanuma City
2003 June solo exhibition Mukuri Gallery, Tokyo
2003 September solo exhibition Kai gallery, Tokyo
2003 October solo exhibition Nico gallery, Kasama city
2003 December solo exhibition Shirahagi gallery, Kamakura City
2004 February solo exhibition Akamama gallery, Gunma
2004 May solo exhibition  Kyouei Gama gallery, Tokoname City
2004 June solo exhibition Kai gallery, Tokyo
2004 September solo exhibition Moegi gallery, Mashiko Town
2004 November solo exhibition Shirahagi gallery, Kamakura
2005 February solo exhibition Kai gallery, Tokyo
2005 April solo exhibition Ustuwa So So gallery, Ehime Pref
2005 April group exhibition Moegi, Mashiko town
2005 May solo exhibition Kusamusubi gallery, Ustunomiya City
2005 June solo exhibition Shirahagi gallery, Kamakura City
2005 July Two person show Takahashi Saitoh gallery, Ibaragi Pref
2005 September solo exhibition, Kyouei Gama gallery, Tokoname and workshop
2005 October, solo exhibition, Sai gallery, Koriyama City
2005 November solo exhibition Tas Tas gallery, Kanuma City 2006 Established a permanent kiln and studio at Mashiko. Built 3rd wood fired kiln and experimental charcoal and wood raku kiln.
2006 March solo exhibition Shirahagi gallery, Kamakura City
2006 June solo exhibition Kusamusubi gallery, Ustunomiya
2006 September solo exhibition Tougendo gallery, Sendai city
2006 November solo exhibition Tampuso gallery, and Utsunomiya city
2007 Established Aaron Scythe Homepage start, supported by Trad meister club,Tokyo
2007 March solo exhibition Tampuso gallery, Utsunomiya
2007 September solo exhibition Kyouei Gama gallery, Tokoname City
2007 November solo exhibition Shu gallery, Hyougo pref
2007 December solo exhibition Tanpuso gallery, Utsunomiya
2008 January, solo exhibition, Tanpuso gallery, Ustnomiya
2008 April solo exhibition Tampuso gallery, Tokyo
2008 August solo exhibition Moegi gallery, Mashiko Town
2008 September solo exhibition Trad Meister, gallery Tokyo and web exhibition
2009 February solo exhibition Trad Meister, gallery, Tokyo and web exhibition
2009 March solo exhibition Tas Tas gallery, Kanuma City
2009 March solo exhibition Shu gallery, Hyougo Pref
2009 May solo exhibition Moegi honten gallery, Mashiko Town and performance art
2009 May solo exhibition Junction City cafe gallery, Tokyo
2009 July solo web exhibition Trad Meister gallery, Tokyo
2009 September solo exhibition Kyouei Gama gallery, Tokoname City and workshop
2009 November solo exhibition Tanpuso gallery, Utsunomiya
2010 January, solo exhibition Tas Tas gallery, Kanuma City
2010 March two person show Ichinokura Sakazuki Museum, Tajimi City
2010 May web exhibition Trade meister gallery, Tokyo
2010 August solo exhibition Moegi gallery, Mashiko Town
2010 October, solo exhibition Tougendo gallery, Sendai City
2010 October   web exhibitions Trad Meister gallery, Tokyo
2010 November solo exhibition Trad Meister gallery, Tokyo
2011 Returned to New Zealand following the Fukushima meltdown
2011 March solo exhibition Trad Meister gallery, Tokyo
2011 Due to earthquake and meltdown, workshop and 4 shows cancelled
2011 June workshop Auckland Studio Potters Association
2011 September web exhibition Trad Meister gallery
2011 September group exhibition Waikato society of potters
2012 Established studio workshop Te Aroha, began working in terracotta and san cai glazes
2012 February Guest exhibitor Arts Post gallery, Hamilton, WPA
2012 April web exhibition Trad meister gallery, Tokyo
2012 June 2 person show Trad Meister gallery,Tokyo
2012 November solo exhibition Ichinokura Sakazuki Museum, Tajimi City
2011 November 2 person show Inspirit gallery, Hamilton
2012 solo exhibition    Arts Post Gallery, Hamilton
2013 February 2 person show Form gallery, Christchurch
2013 web exhibition Trad Meister gallery, Tokyo
2013 August group exhibition Masterworks Gallery, Auckland
2013 November group exhibition Inspirit gallery, Hamilton
2013 November group exhibition Waikato Museum, Hamilton Waiclay
2014 studio workshop Whanganui
2014 February web exhibition   Trad Meister gallery Tokyo
2014 solo exhibition Bread and Butter gallery, Whitianga
2015 February solo exhibition Masterworks gallery, Auckland
2015 February group exhibition Avid gallery, Wellington
2015 March solo exhibition    Ichinokura Sakasuki Museum, Tajimi City
2015 March solo exhibition Tree object space desire gallery, Whanganui
2015 April workshop Auckland Studio Potters Association
2015 June solo exhibition    Form Gallery, Christchurch
2015 Nov, workshop, Wellington potters 
2016 February solo exhibition Avid gallery, Wellington
2016 July, workshop, Hands on Hawks Bay Conference 
2016 July, group exhibition, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth 
2016 Oct, web exhibition, Trad Meister Gallery, Tokyo 
2017 June, Group show Corvi-Mora Gallery, London 
2017 July Group show, Masterworks, Auckland 
2017 Sept, Group show, Ichinokura  Sakazuki Museum ,Tajimi City 
2017 Oct, Workshop, Auckland studio potters 
2017 Oct, Group show, Schaller Gallery, America 
2017 Oct, Solo show Moegi gallery, Mashiko 
2017 Nov, Guest exhibitor Fire and Clay, Pah Homestead, Auckland 
2017 Nov, Solo show, Avid Gallery, Wellington 
2018 March, Solo show, The Vivian Gallery, Matakana 
2018 May, Group show, masterworks gallery (auckland art fair)
2018 June, Group show, masterworks gallery, Auckland 
2018 July, Group show, Kura, Auckland 
2018 Oct. Solo show Masterworks gallery, Auckland 
2018 Nov Solo show Ichinokura sakasuki museum, Tajimi Japan 
2018 Dec. Solo show, The Vivian gallery, Matakana 
2019 Feb Solo show Form Gallery, Christchurch 
2019 April print Solo Show. Weasel gallery, Hamilton 
2019 May Auckland art fair Masterworks Gallery, Auckland
2019 Nov Solo Show, Avid Gallery,Auckland 
2019 Nov, Group show. Masterworks Gallery, Auckland 
2019 Nov, Group show. The Stratford Gallery, UK
2019 Dec, Solo Show the Vivian Gallery, Matakana 
2020 Jan, Group show, Milford Galleries, Dunedin 
2020 Feb, Solo Show. The Poi Room, Auckland 
2020 Nov. Group Show Milford galleries, Queenstown
2020 Nov, Group Show. Milford Galleries, Dunedin 
2021 Jan. Solo Show a Gallery, Whanganui
2021 Feb. Group Show, Te Tuhi Art Gallery, Auckland 
2021 April, Solo Show, the Stratford Gallery, UK

 

In Japan: Over a 16 year period I held over 60 solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions.

I have held workshops and appeared on national television.

I have work in many pottery publications.

My work is held in many private collections throughout New Zealand Japan, Europe and America.

 


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