Karine Moinaux

My relationship with clay began at a very young age, and I have been making pots off Portrait 2017 (2)and on for three decades. I studied pottery in France at the Centre International de la Formation à la Ceramique. I then worked as a professional potter in the French regions Ardèche and Provence at Poterie Barbotine before travelling around the world on a sailing boat.

Along the way I returned to making pots and worked in Tennessee, USA, for Alan Monserrat. In 1998 I sailed to New Zealand and made it my home. Here I worked for Dublin Bay Pottery and started a family before going to study ceramics at the Dunedin School of Art.

I now am a full-time ceramic artist living and making pots in Hawea Flat near Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand. I make functional slab-built pottery and wheel-thrown IMG_20160612_160606pieces, homeware as well as ornamental and garden sculptures. My home studio is set on an acre of land surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes. The mountains inspire and sustain me. I also love the touch of colours from the wild flowers in my garden. They remind me of my youth in the south of France.

I enjoy pottery that conveys personality plus a slight 20170330_184116‘attitude’. I like the static sense of energy in pottery. It evokes the plastic nature of clay in its raw form, but also the movement associated with the pot’s future use. It also reflects the beauty and awkward imperfections that elevate the handmade object over mass-produced, industrial ware