Artist - Aaron Scythe

Aaron Scythe is both a painter and ceramist.
In 1995 Scythe went to Japan to study Shino and wood firing techniques in Mino and at the end of that year he returned to Japan to study under the avant-garde, contemporary ceramic artist Koie Ryōiji.
The sixteen years he spent living in Japan and Japanese traditions such as Mingei and Chadōgu (tea ceremony wares) greatly influenced the philosophical approach and techniques which can be seen in Scythe’s work today. He opts for the aesthetics and making techniques of the ‘tea world’ which have their beginnings in the Momoyama period in Japan.
Scythe’s current work reflects both his New Zealand and Māori heritage, his passion for Japanese ceramic traditions and the long time he spent living in Japan.
The text, symbolism and imagery Scythe uses on his work is a synthesis of both Japanese culture and Māori proverbs and the words of Māori prophets.
"Tui tui tuia- sew sew sew together, it’s a Rātana quote but I think it reflects on how I am trying to sew all my influences feeling inspiration and new home land together into my pieces".
He aims to produce work that is affordable, functional and aesthetically beautiful. “...something that is not made in a factory, but something that has feeling and soul, hopefully to be felt by the user of the work, a connection of maker and user and accessible to all…”
Scythe has had over 60 solo exhibitions in Japan.  His work has also been widely shown in both New Zealand and Australia and is held in private collections around the world.