New Zealand ceramicist Manos Nathan died of leukemia

Wednesday,  ceramicist Manos Nathan died at the age of 67 at his home.

  • Manos Nathan died after a 10-month struggle with leukemia.
  • Manos Nathan remains will lie at Taita Marae, Mamaranui, Northland.
  • He is survived by wife Alison, four children and one grandchild.

Ceramicist Manos Nathan was a New Zealand ceramicist of Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua and Ngāpuhi descent on his father’s side and Greek descent on his mother’s. He was born in Rawene in 1948. He completed a Diploma of Textile Design at Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1968.

In 1986  ceramicist Manos Nathan, along with Baye Riddell, founded Ngā Kaihanga Uku, the national Māori clayworkers’ organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. He was also a foundation member of Te Atinga, the Visual Arts committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa.

He exhibited widely around the world and was actively engaged with cultural exchanges with indigenous peoples of Japan, Australia, the Pacific, the United States and Canada. Nathan received many recognitions and honours in his career, including a Fulbright research award in 1989, “Te Ara Whakarei” honorary user status for the toi iho Māori Made Mark in 2002, and the Excellence Prize in the 2009 Ulsan International Onggi Competition in South Korea. He was inducted into the College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi (Massey University) Hall of Fame in 2010, along with textile designer Avis Higgs.

Work by  ceramicist Manos Nathan is held in New Zealand and international collections, including the British Museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the Ethnological Museum of Berlin, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Dowse Art Museum.

A commission by Godwit Press led to 100 New Zealand Craft Artists which won the Illustrative Arts Award and the E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction at the NZ Post book awards. Among the artists included in this work are Raewyn Atkinson, Kobi Bosshard, Barry Brickell, Freda Brierley, Len Castle,Jens Hansen, Manos Nathan and Diggeress Te Kanawa.IMAGE/Maoriartmarket

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