Nga Kaihanga Uku / Maori Clay Artists Collective Workshops at CCC

Clatsop Community College will be hosting a two-day workshop and cultural exchange featuring nine Maori Uku (clay) artists from Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the Ceramics Studio at the CCC Art Building on October 3rd and 4th, 2018, from 10 AM to 4 PM each day.

On Wednesday October 17th the artists will also present a lecture/slide presentation of their artwork and home in Aotearoa - 1 PM to 4 PM in CCC’s Art Building.

The artists include: Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa, Paerau Corneal, Dorothy Waetford, Carla Ruka, Rhonda Halliday, Stevei Houkamau, Karuna Douglas and Todd Douglas.

These artists are part of the Nga Kaihanga Uku / Maori Clay Artists Collective (NKU) in Aotearoa, “which began in 1987 and was the birth of a new movement in world ceramics. Baye Riddell had begun his career as a potter thirteen years earlier ostensibly the first full time Maori potter.

In later years Baye was joined by others such as Manos Nathan, Colleen Urlich, Paerau Corneal and Wi Taepa. Dubbed The Tight Five or Nga Tokorima they have since nurtured and been added to by an accomplished new generation of Maori“Muddies”.

At the first hui at Tokomaru Bay in 1987 a three stranded approach was drafted to guide the development of this exciting new entity.

First - we would approach working with clay from a Maori perspective.

Second - we would share our collective knowledge and resources.

Third - we would engage with indigenous cultures with ceramic traditions”.

Muddies representing the Nga Kaihanga Uku / Maori Clay Artists Collective have travelled twice to Astoria, OR in 2012 and 2015 for cultural exchanges involving local communities. They will once more be welcomed by Chinookan Tribal members re-establishing and strengthening their ties to Pacific Rim cultures. The artists were again invited to continue to demonstrate unique creative contemporary expression that showcases indigenous models of Community based Art.

The workshops are free to both high school and college students, and a $20.00 fee to the general public will be charged. Space is limited.

For more information about the workshops or lecture/slide presentation please contact Richard Rowland by phone at 503 338-2449 or by email at or Mikiala Souza by email at


Kaitiaki by Baye Riddell

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