PIT & RAKU FIRED POTS, JOHN GISBORNE
Local artisan, John Gisborne, has been immersed in the clay world his entire life. He began learning his craft from his mother, a clay worker in the 70's who ran her own successful pottery business. He honed his skills over the years working with many notable potters including the famous Barry Brickell for five years. After a few years in Scotland at Glasgow Ceramics he returned to New Zealand, taking up residence at the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village, established by the late Helen Mason, where he continues to live and work today.
Besides working as an individual artist Gisborne is an active member of the Taradale Pottery Club. He played an integral role in the design and construction of the wood fired kiln and delights in learning to master its complexities. Gisborne is passionate about wood firing, enjoying the link to the tradition of his craft and the unique effects from flame and ash that are created during the process. His beautiful Raku work and Pit pots are a result of that passion, which also signifies a return to the style and techniques first taught to him by his mother over 30 years ago.