I had a chat the other day with a PhD student from the University of Toronto. She’s in the early stages of collecting information from potters in Newfoundland and New Zealand, because, in her own words, “they provide an opportunity for comparison of places with similar cultural histories and with strong environmental influence on place. I want to look at how artists adapt their medium to their local environments; this can provide insight into craft knowledge transmission, and the interplay between geography and culture.”
You can check out her website here. I’m looking forward to following along on her blog, especially when she gets to New Zealand. It’s going to be fun, seeing what similarities and differences there are between potters in these two places.