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Peter Knuckey
1964-1969

mishido logo


Mishido - Peter Knuckey
1969 onwards


Hand signed
1977 onwards


Peter with porcelain vase

Phone: 0438 578 839    Email: peterpots@hotmail.com



Originally from New Zealand, Peter Knuckey travelled to Japan in 1965 where he studied ceramics under a famous Master Potter, Takeichi Kawai. After four years in Japan, Peter Knuckey returned to New Zealand with a Japanese wife and set up his own pottery studio.

In 1977, Knuckey was offered a teaching position at the Canberra School of Art. After a number of years teaching ceramics in various schools around Australia, Knuckey realised a life long dream, and travelled to Europe, teaching and working in many historic places.

Peter enjoys working, and sharing knowledge, with other crafts people.
Presently Peter Knuckey lives in Melbourne making functional ware which displays influences from home and abroad.

olive oil bottles olive oil bottles wine jugs olive bowls wine jugs cups
KILNS USED

1965

Coal fired - Matsushima, Totsuka Japan

1965-68

Wood fired climbing - Kawai, Kyoto Japan

1969-76

Oil kiln (2 chamber), Auckland New Zealand

1977-
onwards

Mainly gas fired (wood/oil), Australia

BIOGRAPHY


1942

Born New Plymouth, New Zealand

1964

Studied under Margaret Milne, Auckland, New Zealand

1965

Travelled to Japan:
First studied under Master Potter, Komei Matsushima, in Totsuka, Yokohama, Japan (6 months); then travelled to Kyoto to study under famous Folkcraft (Mingei) Master Potter, Takeichi Kawai (Kanjiro Kawai Studio)

1967

Built own studio near Kawai's studio in Kiyomizu Potters District in Kyoto (working on traditional kick wheel)

1967-1968

Produced own work, firing in K. Kawai's woodfired climbing kiln each month. Held two one-man exhibitions at Tokyo's Takashimaya Department Store

1969

Built own Pottery Studio and kilns at Birkenhead, Auckland, N.Z, and established "Mishido Pottery"

1970-76

Produced full range of "Mishido Ware" (functional and art pieces) for selected galleries in Auckland, Cambridge, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch, Invercargill and also Sydney, Australia

1976

Part-time Teacher at Auckland Potters School, N.Z.

1977-78

Full-time Lecturer at Canberra School of Art, Canberra, Australia (2 years)

1979-80

Full-time Lecturer at Tasmania School of Art, Hobart, Australia (18 months)

1980-81

Lecturer in Ceramics at Caulfield Institute of Technology, Melbourne Australia (18 months)

1982

Designed and built interior of own Japanese Restaurant (Nanzen Japanese Teahouse) in South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia

1983-90

Lecturer in Ceramics at Victoria College, Prahran campus, Melbourne
Designed and landscaped various gardens at own home including ponds, bridges, waterfall and fountain.. all nestled in a native fauna setting

1988

Re-established "Mishido Pottery", producing large Classical pots for gardens and interiors. Also produced large range of functional and art pieces (terracotta, stoneware and porcelain) Melbourne, Australia

1991

Part-time Lecturer in Ceramics at Victoria College (Burwood campus)

1992-93

Embarked on self-funded World Tour throughout the U.K., Central Europe, Japan and New Zealand. Held lectures, workshops and worked and shared knowledge with studio potters in England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and New Zealand.
Lectured at Seikya University, Kyoto, Japan
Helped establish the Michael Cardew Museum at Wenford Bridge Pottery, Cornwall, U.K.
Extensive Teaching and workshops throughout Sweden (Kuben Art School Örebro; Keramic Skolan Lidköping; Lund University; Ostra Grevie-Vellinge; Hoganas Skane)

1995

Artist in Residence at Terra Studios, Fayettville, Arkansas, USA

1996

Continued "World Tour" - Japan, U.K., Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hungary and Romania

2000

Won the Hungarian Throwing Championships in Sümegprága, Hungary

1992-2007

Producing functional wares, Richmond, Melbourne Australia

2007

Teaching pottery class at Allwood House Living and Learning Centre, Hurstbridge, Vic, Australia

 

 

PUBLICATIONS


1966-68

Auckland Studio Potters Magazine (NZ), Auckland

1969

New Zealand Pottery Glass and Giftware Magazine (Potter's Life in Japan)

1971

Building/Home Magazine (NZ) etc articles in Auckland New Zealand

1979

Tasmania - Hobart Potters Society Exhibition - review

2002

"The Tile" book by Kenneth Clark (England) my tile work represented

2006

"500 Pitchers" book by Lark Books (USA) my work represented

EXHIBITIONS


1967 (May)

Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

1967 (Oct)

Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

1968

John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1969

Japan Day Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand

1970

’The Group’ Show, Auckland, New Zealand

1971

East Coast Bays Festival, Auckland, New Zealand

1972

Craft Horizons Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand

1975

Auckland Potters Society Show, Auckland War Memorial Museum, N.Z.

1976

Auckland Pottery Society Show, Auckland War Memorial Museum, N.Z.

1981

"Images Now" C.I.T. Staff Show, Pottery Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1985

"VCG" Victoria Ceramic Group Annual exhibition

2006 (Mar)

"La Poterie du Mesnil de Bavent", Normandy, France

2006 (Apr)

"AB ORIGINE" (Espacio de Diseno) Craft Gallery, Madrid, Spain

WORKS


COMMISSIONS

 
 

1970

A Chalice for a Church, Coromandel, New Zealand

1970

Wine bottles for Corbans Wines Ltd and San Marino Wines, Auckland, N.Z.

1978

Tiles for Canberra TAFE College (50 yrs commemorative), Australia

1991

L. Baptismal Font, Oil Bottles, Holy Water Fonts - St Marys Church, Mt Evelyn, Vic. Australia

2006

Commemorative bowls for Allwood House Living and Learning Centre, Hurstbridge, Vic, Australia

 
 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 
 

 

Auckland War Memorial Museum & Art Museum, New Zealand

 

Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand


PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

 
 

 

New Zealand, Japan, Australia, England, U.S.A., Argentina, Thailand, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain


WORKS IN GALLERIES - 2006

 
 


1.

"La Poterie du Mesnil de Bavent", Normandy, FRANCE

2.

"Hubertus Menzel and Anna Schaffler Ceramic Gallery", Roccatederighi, Toscana, ITALY

3.

"AB ORIGINE" Craft Gallery, Madrid, SPAIN

4.

"Topferei Starke Gallery", Lich, GERMANY

5.

"SKEPSI" On Swanston", Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. AUSTRALIA

6.

"Hurstbridge Gallery", Hurstbridge, Vic. AUSTRALIA


WORKSHOPS

 
 

1993, 95, 96

Extensive Teaching and workshops throughout Sweden (Kuben Art School Örebro; Keramic Skolan Lidköping; Lund University; Ostra Grevie-Vellinge; Hoganas Skane)

2006 (May)

"Gustavsberg", SWEDEN  (Teachers Group) ("Throwing / Altered Forms")