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8 June 2004 exclusive newsletter

Three exhibitions now on display at Auckland Museum show the rich diversity of New Zealand's crafts people.

Peter Stichbury - a Survey of a Pioneer New Zealand Studio Potter ON DISPLAY UNTIL 8 AUGUST

The first major exhibition in a public gallery of one of New Zealand's finest potters. The exhibition has been timed to coincide with Stichbury's 80th birthday.

As a domestic potter, Stichbury believes in freedom of expression while retaining the importance of function. As he has said: "It has been my belief that the potter should make pots that please them - if others appreciate the work that is produced then that is an extra bonus. I am grateful and proud to have been part of the exciting and creative pottery scene from the early 1950s." PUBLIC PROGRAMME OF EVENTS SUNDAY 20 JUNE, 2PM 'A Potter in Nigeria' - A talk from Peter Stichbury on his career and the exhibition. In the Education Room. SATURDAY 24 JULY, 11AM Take a guided tour of the exhibition with guest curator, Justine Olsen.

John Edgar: Calculus ON DISPLAY UNTIL 27 AUGUST

Featuring 100 altered stones, John Edgar's Calculus is a touring exhibition which reflects the artist's two decades of work with greywacke stone.

Using glass, jasper, lapus lazuli and marble to intercut the greywacke with mathematical precision, Auckland sculptor, John Edgar has created a series of exquisite abstract miniatures.

Accompanying the smaller stones are five altered boulders, or 'touchstones' which invite visitors to run their hand over the smooth surface.

Calculus is toured by The Dowse, Lower Hutt.

Titian Studio Ware - the Ceramic Art of Cameron Brown ON DISPLAY UNTIL 8 AUGUST

'Titian Studio Ware: the ceramic art of Cameron Brown', explores the world of 'pop' ceramics.

The exhibition presents a collection of Titian's slip-cast ceramics from the 1950s and '60s, and explores the themes of pop ceramics and New Zealand's neo-classical influences.

PUBLIC PROGRAMME OF EVENTS SUNDAY 13 JUNE, 11AM 'Collector's Favourites' - A guided tour of the exhibition, with guest curator, Mary Morrison. SUNDAY 11 JULY, 1PM 'The Story Behind Titian Studio' - A lecture from Cameron Brown, the son of Cameron and Dorothy Brown. SATURDAY 31 JULY, 11AM 'Collector's Favourites' - A guided tour of the exhibition, with guest curator, Mary Morrison.

Admission is by Museum donation. $5 per adult is appreciated, children are free.

Auckland Museum, The Domain, Parnell Open daily 10am-5pm infoline (09) 306-7067


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