Michelle Retimana

Hi, my name is Michelle Retimana, I was born in Lower Hutt hospital in 1960. In the 70’s I started pottery classes at Victoria Street, Alicetown. I understand my grandfather Donald Roberts had a part in starting this pottery school and used to teach blind/partially blind people sculpture, sadly he died when I was a young child, as I am sure I could have learnt so much from him – however I know it’s in the blood.

After traveling overseas and having children I picked up pottery again with sculpture classes at Petone Tech, then in 2001 the family moved to sunny Waikanae where I have been a member of the Kapiti Arts and Crafts and the Otaki Pottery club and have attended many Potters workshops.

In 2003 I started exhibiting at local galleries and garden exhibitions. I now have work in prestigious galleries including the Te Papa store and Pataka Art and Heritage Museum Shop. I am also a member of the New Zealand Potters Society and Academy of Fine Arts where I regularly have pieces accepted for exhibition. I also have an Art agent in England and Ireland, my work can be found in galleries, houses and gardens all over the world.

My Art has a Contemporary New Zealand/ Maori influence in decoration and design. The Koru is a prominent feature. I have been privileged to have been taught the art of Harakeke (flax weaving) Taniko weaving and Korowai (feather cloaks) by my mum Te Mura which I also incorporate into some of my sculpture.

I am lucky to be living in a beautiful natural environment, Native birds visiting throughout the day, to the East the bush clad hills of Hemi Metanga, to the West rolling sand dunes, Kapiti Island and sea with amazing sunsets, I get a lot if inspiration from nature and like to work with natural items for texture, also using heavily textured clays and often prefer more earthy oxides to glazes.  I also enjoy the excitement of Raku, Pit firing and other alternative methods of Wood Smoke firing. I have also just started bronzing some of my works.

I work from the Heart often starting with something in mind and it evolving into something quite different.  


I am happy to sell direct to the public at wholesale prices, making it affordable for everyone who loves my work to own a piece. Visitors are welcome to my home studio, come along Saturday or Sunday after 1pm, at 83 Rutherford Drive Waikanae Beach Kapiti Coast.

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