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Master potter at the Pan Pacific Arts Festival, 1965

Master potter at the Pan Pacific Arts Festival, 1965

This photograph of Japanese master potter Shoji Hamada appeared in the souvenir programme for the Pan Pacific Arts Festival, held in Christchurch in 1965. The festival included an exhibition of his work. While in New Zealand, Hamada travelled around and met with many local potters. In an issue of Art New Zealand, potter Len Castle described watching the visiting potter at work: 'a flow of unhurried, decisive movements from his hands or the bamboo tool determined the thrusts and curves of his pot forms. Behind the hands and eyes his mind, warm and cool at the same time, made fast intuitive decisions.'

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Reference: Christchurch Pan Pacific Arts Festival (1965), p. 26 (S-L-1300-26)

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Marguerite Hill, 'Arts festivals - Arts festivals take off, 1960s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/45238/master-potter-at-the-pan-pacific-arts-festival-1965 (accessed 19 November 2019)

Story by Marguerite Hill, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 5 Aug 2016