Sixty-three bowls

Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Artist

This is one of the ceramic artworks in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2000.
260 x 260mm each
2700 x 3900 installed
thrown wood-fired stoneware
Where possible, Mitchell-Anyon has sourced as much of his clay as he can from the Pahiatua region, where he digs it himself, and this do-it-yourself approach also extends to mixing his own glazes. Although he is highly skilled at being able to produce an army of jugs, mugs or bowls that may all look the same on initial inspection, each has its own subtle difference. Beautiful objects in their own right, the joy of owning a Mitchell-Anyon piece is that it acquires a patina of use and memory over time. To have a piece of pottery by Ross Mitchell-Anyon is not to have something only for ‘best’ – that’s not why he makes. These things are not to be stuck on a shelf un-used; they need tea, food, flowers and conversation.

The physical residue of making is evident in Mitchell-Anyon’s work: twists, pinches and the concentric circles of the wheel all are vital components that animate each piece.
- Greg Donson, text from Quay Gallery exhibition 'Two Potters...', 2011
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 2001
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Jul 2001


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