Artist - Marita Green

Im a potter from New Plymouth, and I work from my home studio at home in Westown. My work is a response to the rhythms of my life; being a wife and mother, being a Catholic, a gardener, and getting through the life's daily challenges with a sense of humour. I aim for a sense of light and freedom in my work, and sometimes a bit of thought provocation.

Marita Green's creative history has been in sculpting, but over the last two years she has been making functional-ware. As the Mum of two boys, she makes things that work aesthetically and functionally in her home, with the hope they fit in to others’ as well.

My favourite things to make are tumblers and cups, because tea and coffee, and all drinks really, are such a daily ritual. I like the thought of sharing that common experience with my customers.

Marita works on a manual Leach pottery wheel from the ‘60s, and the physical process of her work is integral. Marita creates objects as authentic and honest as possible.

"There is a real place for hand-made things in a sea of mass production. I throw my pots on an electric wheel, and fire in an electric kiln. Most of my domestic ware is earthenware, and slip decorated (slip is a coloured liquid clay applied before firing).”

I also like the fun of making jewellery, but work exclusively in porcelain for this, as it has the greatest strength and clear white colour of all clays