My Story

UKU; clay/white clay/pottery 
Nau mai, haere mai

My aim is to create work that beautifully reflects 

your connection with the natural world.

Born in Manutuke, Gisborne, I am of Maori (Rongowhakaata) descent. 
I have a strong connection with Papatūānuku, which ties into my original Tauranga Place and that reflects strongly in my processes of making.
My clay of choice is often wild and my combustables are collected and fired locally in the area in which the clay is harvested. 
I beleive this imparts a powerful energy within the work that remains.
I have enjoyed spending several years developing unique techniques in the making of wall and wearable sculpture.
Uku for me is part of the next generation of makers creating consciously, with care of our surrounding environment. 
Amanda Kemp