Karin is a qualified Art Director, holds a Master of Design and a Diploma of Ceramic Art. Her creative career spans three decades and involves 2D and 3D works that over the years have gained awards, international clients and commissions to the National Museum of New Zealand. Karin works from a seaside studio at Waitārere Beach, in New Zealand.
A background in visual communication and a fondness for graphic wit has an influence on my creative process; I act on the spark of an idea and through a combination of play and logic, unexpected solutions arise. It gives me great joy to bring these ideas to life through clay, and to experience how people connect and interact with them.
I’m inspired by nature (including human) and everyday life. I play with form and function and like my pieces to be useful (not always practical) and open to interpretation, and to pass the smile test before I let them go.
Growing up in Norway has influenced my aesthetic. I like to work with simple forms and use sand from the New Zealand coastline to add subtle tone and texture to surfaces. Each piece is individually built by hand.
2022 Ceramicus Nov 3 - 20 New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
Selector and guest artist
2022 Forsyth Barr Contemporary Ceramics Award Oct 1 - 15 Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, NZ
2022 UKU Clay Ceramic Awards 3 - 28 Oct Hastings Community Arts Centre Gallery, Hastings, NZ
2022 Quarry Ceramic Awards 23 Sep - 29 Oct Quarry Art Centre, Whangarei, NZ
2022 Moments in Clay Oct 3 - 9 Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2022 R T Nelson Sculpture Awards 3 - 5 June New Zealand Art Show, TSB Arena, Wellington, NZ
2022 Unearth Your Local Potter May 26 - 7 June NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
2022 Waiclay National Ceramics Awards Jan 22 - Apr 10 Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
2021 60th National Exhibition Oct 23 - Nov 20 Otago Art Society, Dunedin Railway Station, NZ
Special Mention award
2021 Ceramicus Oct 21 - Nov 6 New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
Merit award for wheel-thrown ceramics
2021 Moments in Clay Aug 9 - 15 Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2021 Unearth Your Local Potter June 3 - 15 NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
2020 Wellington Regional Arts Review Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt, NZ
2020 The Toi 3Hundy Toi Pōneke, Wellington, NZ
2020 Creative Clay Hutt Art Centre, Lower Hutt, NZ
Guest Artist and selector
2020 Ceramicus New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
2020 Uku Clay Ceramics Awards Arts Inc. Heretaunga, Hastings, NZ
2020 Unearth Your Local Potter New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
2020 Down to Earth Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, NZ
2019 Portage Ceramic Awards Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2019 Waiclay National Ceramics Awards Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
2019 Ceramicus New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
Award for 'Innovation Ceramics'
People's Choice Award
2018 Ceramicus New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
2018 - 19 Emerging Practitioner in Clay Awards, Quartz, Museum of Studio Ceramics, Whanganui, NZ
2018 CANZ 59th National Exhibition Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt, NZ
2017 Ceramicus New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
Award for 'Excellence in wheel-thrown ceramics'
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