Presented by: Tauranga Art Gallery
Laurie Steer is a full-time potter specialising in wood-fired ceramics, based in Mount Maunganui. He trained under the late Barry Brickell, the creator of the Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in Coromandel and one of New Zealand’s most celebrated ceramic artists.
Steer studied at the Waikato Institute of Technology and received scholarships to the Sydney College of Fine Arts, Melbourne Institute of Technology and Auckland University of Technology, where he completed a Masters of Art and Design.
Steer’s work questions ceramics production. While maintaining strong links to ancient traditions of pottery his vessels often sprout strange protuberances or spikes, assuming fantastical forms that operate in the area between fine arts and crafts. Questioning modes of display and the role of art as merchandise is something Steer is currently exploriing, this will be part of the Tauranga Art Gallery exhibition.
Laurie leads a richly diverse life, comfortably merging art and craft sensibilities with contemporary education for endlessly interesting outcomes.