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Maori artists featured in two-day workshop, cultural exchange

Clay artists from New Zealand at CCC Oct. 3-4, present Oct. 17

Published on September 17, 2018 2:08PM

‘Kaitiaki,’ by Baye Riddell.

Courtesy Clatsop Community College

‘Kaitiaki,’ by Baye Riddell.

ASTORIA — Clatsop Community College will host a two-day workshop and cultural exchange featuring nine Maori Uku (clay) artists from Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the ceramics studio at the college Art Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 4.

Then, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, the artists will present a lecture/slide presentation of their artwork and home in Aotearoa in the Art Building.

The workshops are free for high school and college students, $20 for the general public. Space is limited.

The artists are part of the Nga Kaihanga Uku / Maori Clay Artists Collective (NKU) in Aotearoa, which began in 1987 and was the birth of a new movement in world ceramics.

Artists of the collective have traveled twice to Astoria, in 2012 and 2015, for cultural exchanges involving local communities.

For more information, contact Richard Rowland by phone at 503-338-2449 or by email at rrowland@clatsopcc.edu, or Mikiala Souza by email at msouza@clatsopcc.edu.


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