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Lawrence Ewing

After two years learning the basics initially under the guidance of Michael Trumic, Lawrence decided to resign from his teaching position to take up full-time work with clay. At that time there was a high level of public interest in studio ceramics in New Zealand. Potters were selling kiln loads of work before they had even been fired.

For the next 12 years Lawrence worked as a full-time potter developing a distinctive style of clean lined and richly glazed vessel based forms. Function was essential and designs were simple and direct. An interest in rope work from his youth lead to the development of a rope grommet fashioned from tarred Indian hemp. These were added essentially as a decorative elements reflecting the full, rounded nature of the forms but, in the case of larger floor jars, rope grommets became fully functional as handles.

In 1986 Lawrence was appointed to a full-time lectureship in the ceramics section of the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin New Zealand.

From very early in his career Lawrence was interested in the technical aspects of the craft and was motivated to study the chemistry of pottery glazes. At the School of Art this interest was encouraged and led to the development of software designed initially to assist with the teaching of glaze chemistry. This software is now very mature ad is used widely throughout the world.

Throughout the period of full-time teaching at the School of Art, the personal development of clay works took second place to the teaching of glaze chemistry and the on-going expansion of two software packages - MATRIX and GLAZETEACH. In addition the interest in computer internet technology led to the design and management of Otago Polytechnic's main website and another for their School of Art. More recently Lawrence has designed and manages the New Zealand Society of Potters website.

In 2003 Lawrence's teaching position shifted to a part-time basis and time became available to again work with clay. The establishment of a new studio and kiln is underway and new works have emerged from the kiln's first firing in August 2004.

Instructor:. Lawrence is available to take classes Click here for details 

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