Chester Nealie's Artist Statement and Resume

by Chester Nealie



Specialising In Woodfired & Saltglazed ware

  • New Zealand potter now living and working in Australia
  • Began potting in 1964 following a visit to New Zealand by Shoji Hamada, Takeichi Kawai and Michael Cardew
  • Fires mostly woodfired Anagama kiln
  • His wheel thrown vessels are further handled to imbue an individuality. The freedom and joy of this hand making combines with the spontaneity of flame in firing
  • His woodfired pots show the rich effects of flame and ash during prolonged firing at high temperatures
  • Represented in collections in Australia and New Zealand
  • Twice winner of the Fletcher Challenge International Ceramic Award

    PO BOX 9, GULGONG NSW 2852 AUSTRALIA

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

May, 2001

1942
Born in Rotorua, New Zealand

Chester began potting in 1964 after instruction in New Zealand from Shoji Hamada, Takeichi Kawai and Michael Cardew. He has lectured, built kilns and conducted many firings in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA, Korea and Norway. His woodfired pots show the effects of prolonged firing at high temperatures on raw clay surfaces, using an anagama kiln. Although the pots have a basic classical form, their individuality is present in the freedom and joy in hand-making combined with the magical spontaneity of flame.

Exhibitions


Held numerous one person exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia. Participated in many group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea, China, USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Spain & Germany

2001
International Fine Ceramics II, Alpha House Gallery, Dorset UK
Solo Exhibition - Centre Table, Gulgong NSW (during Clayfeast Gulgong conf.) Australia
2000
Fusion - Ceramic 21, Mokpo International Ceramics, Pre-Expo 2000 Korea
International Macsabal Woodfire Festival, Osan Korea
Presenting Goanna Ridge, Mayne Street, Gulgong NSW Australia
Art for Wine 2000, Stables Gallery, Mudgee NSW Australia
Ceramics - the Australian Context, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW Australia
1999
Ceramic Woodfire Masters Exhibition, Qdos Gallery, Lourne VIC Australia
Australian Ceramics '99, Artisan Gallery, Launceston TAS Australia
A Decade in Review, Shepparton Art Gallery, VIC (to tour) Australia
Art for Wine 1999, Stables Gallery, Mudgee NSW Australia
Torrents of Fire: Four Australian Woodfire Artists, Southern Illinous University USA
Different Stokes, 1999 International Woodfire Conference, Iowa USA
Pyrochromatics, Int. Symposium on Colour in Woodfired Ceramics, E Carolina USA
1998
The Access Shows - Artists of our Region, Bathurst Regional Gallery NSW Australia
1968 c 30 Years On, Queensland Potters Association, Brisbane QLD Australia
Solo Exhibition, Gallery 16, Auckland New Zealand
1997
The Contemporary Teapot, Middlefart, Denmark
Solo Exhibition, Gallery 16, Auckland New Zealand
Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery, NSW Australia
Australian Ceramics, Gallery Handwerk, Munich Germany
1996
Australian Woodfired Masterpieces, Green Gallery, Tokyo Japan
Tea for Two - Post Pak Exhibition '96, National Potters Conf, Canberra ACT Australia
Australian Woodfired Survey, National Woodfire Conference, Canberra ACT Australia
Australian Ceramic 1970-1996, National Art Gallery, Canberra ACT Australia
Japan/Australia Exchange Exhibition, Meitetsu, Nagoya, Japan
1995
Solo Exhibition, Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
4th Festival of Ceramics, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, VIC Australia
Solo Exhibition, Distekfink Gallery, Melbourne VIC Australia
Muswellbrook Ceramic Award, Muswellbrook NSW (winner) Australia
Significant Pieces, Gulgong NSW (during Claysculpt '95) Australia
95 Woodfire Survey, Fusions Gallery, Brisbane QLD Australia
1995, 94, 92
Teapot Exhibition, Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne VIC Australia
1994-95
Treasures of the Underworld, New Zealand tour New Zealand
1994
Invitational Woodfired Ceramics, Mino Kamo, Japan
1993
Views and Vessels, Artworks Gallery, Lakes Entrance VIC Australia
Woodfired Ceramics, Studio 20, Adelaide SA Australia
Exhibition: Nealie, Rye, Nankervis, Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2.
Treasures of the Underworld, New Zealand Ceramics at World Expo, Seville Spain
Toured to Amsterdam, Holland
1992
National Woodfirers Conference Exhibition, Lismore NSW Australia
Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Southport QLD Australia
National Ceramics Award, Canberra ACT Australiav
Jennings Ceramic Award, Melbourne VIC Australiav
1991
Nealie, Rye, Irvine, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Churchill VIC Australia
1990-92
Art in the Sub Antarctic Exhibition, (sculptural works in response to residency in sub-antarctic Auckland Islands New Zealand

Awards and Residencies

1998
Artist in Residence, Unitec, Auckland New Zealand
1994
Muswellbrook Ceramic Award, NSW Australia
Port Hacking Potters Award, NSW Australia
Pioneer Potters, Mackay Purchase Award, QLD Australia
Shepparton Invitational Australia Day Ceramic Award VIC Australia
1993
Associate Research Fellow, Monash University College of Gippsland, VIC Australia
National Ceramic Teapot Award, SA Australia
1991, 92
Artist in Residence, Monash University, Gippsland VIC (with Dr. Owen Rye) Australia
1989
Artist in Residence, Otago School of Art, New Zealand
1988
1st Ceramic Symposium, Dunedin. Selected as one of thirteen potters New Zealand
working in Master Class - QEII Arts Council Award.
1987
Fletcher Challenge International Potters Premier Award. Auckland, New Zealand
1986
QEII Travel Grant to Australian Woodfirers Conference, Melbourne VIC Australia
1985
New Zealand Academy of Fine Art, BNZ Award, New Zealand
1982
Fletcher Brownbuilt International Potters Premier Award. Auckland, New Zealand
1979
QEII Arts Council Grant to research Anagama Woodfiring, New Zealand

Work Experience

2001
Master of Ceremonies: Clayfeast Gulgong 2001 ceramics conf., Gulgong NSW Australia
1998
Master of Ceremonies: Gulgong Hyperclay '99 ceramics conf., Gulgong NSW Australia
1996
Master of Ceremonies: National Woodfire Conference, Canberra ACT Australia
1995
Overall Kiln Master: Claysculpt '95 ceramics convention, Gulgong NSW Australia
1994
Consultant: Collections Development Policy, Dubbo Regional Gallery NSW Australia
1993
Anagama Kilnmaster: Fire-Up Gulgong woodfire convention, Gulgong NSW Australia
1989
Member of Artists in the Sub Antarctic Expedition to Auckland Islands, New Zealand
1987-88
Art Advisor/Exhibition Curator: New Zealand pavilion - World Expo '88 Brisbane, QLD
1986
Curator: Ceramics '86, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
1983
Australia Lecture Tour (&judged Ceramic Exhibition), Cairns & Townsville, QLD Australia
1972-75
Lecturer in Ceramics: North Shore Teachers College, Auckland, New Zealand
1966-71
Science Teacher (secondary school level), Auckland, New Zealand

Lectures and Workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand and overseas, notably

2001
Workshop: "Process", kiln building and firing, Risor Norway
2000
Lecture and workshop: International Macsabal Woodfired Festival, Korea
1999
Visiting Artist Program: Utah State University, Utah USA
1998
Ceramics Workshop: La Trobe University, Bendigo VIC Australia
1996
Lecture: National Woodfirers Conference, Canberra ACT Australia
Demonstrations: National Potters Conference, Canberra ACT Australia
1995
Guest Lecturer: 4th Festival of Ceramics, Victoria Ceramics Group, Ballarat VIC Australia
1994
Lecture: International Folk Art Seminar of Asia & Pacific, Dakar, Bangladesh
Workshops: Wagga Wagga, Bendigo and Ballarat NSW and VIC Australia
1993
Anagama Kilnmaster: Fire-Up Gulgong woodfire convention, Gulgong NSW Australia
Kiln building and firing: Yeppoon QLD Australia
1992
Workshops: Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Mudgee, Louth NSW Australia
Kiln Firing: Bathurst, Orange, Gilgandra, Gulgong NSW Australia
1991
Workshop - Kiln building and firing: Bundaberg QLD Australia
Workshop: Monash University, Gippsland Campus VIC Australia
1990
McGregor Summer School: Towoomba QLD Australia
3.
1989, 86
Australian Woodfirers Conference, Gulgong NSW Australia
1983, 86
Lecture Tour through Queensland, Australia
1978
Lecture in Ceramics: World Crafts Conference, Kyoto Japan

Commissions

2001
Public Artwork - Decorative Paving, Gulgong Town Improvement Project NSW Australia
1991-92
Work and kiln installation for New Zealand pavillion, World Expo '92, Seville Spain
1990-92
culptural installation for Art in the Sub Antarctic Exhibition New Zealand

Collections

Yongin City Ceramics Collection, Korea
Utah State University Museum and Art Gallery, Utah USA
Kunstergewerbemuseum SchloB Pillnitz, Dresden Germany
Australian National Gallery, Canberra ACT Australia
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW Australia
Shepparton Art Gallery VIC Australia
Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD Australia
La Trobe Regional Art Gallery VIC Australia
Bathurst Regional Gallery NSW Australia
Southland Museum and Art Gallery New Zealand
Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Otago Museum, Dunedin New Zealand
Auckland Museum, New Zealand Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton New Zealand
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington New Zealand
Sarjeant Art Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand
Private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, Norway

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