Kiln exhibition reviving New Lynn's history

Some of the salt-fired works created by Mark Goody and Emily Siddell.
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Some of the salt-fired works created by Mark Goody and Emily Siddell.

An old brick kiln is showcasing pottery inspired by New Lynn's history.

An exhibition titled Death of the Brickworks would be displayed in the Parker and Gardener Bros kiln outside Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn and Clayworks Museum, curator Finn McCahon-Jones said.

The exhibit would include contemporary ceramics by artists Mark Goody and Emily Siddell, also known as the Ace Firers.

Artist Mark Goody is creating salt-fired ceramics.
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Artist Mark Goody is creating salt-fired ceramics.

McCahon-Jones said the kiln was built in 1926 and was a "wonderful space". 

To be able to reference our own past "makes our culture a bit richer".

He said what amazed him was the works were contemporary but looked "from another time".

Emily Siddell making clay works.
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Emily Siddell making clay works.

Artist Mark Goody said about 60 items would be exhibited and the majority were salt-glazed, referencing coal firing with salt.

The Titirangi resident said it was the first exhibition in the kiln and "it's great to celebrate the roots" of the brickworks.

Siddell said they wanted the look of early pipes through the salt-glaze firing. 

The artist said it was "quite an honour" to be exhibited in the kiln.

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Most works were made with clay from New Lynn, similar to the clay that brick and pipe producer Albert Crum used to use.

McCahon-Jones said west Auckland brickworks began around the 1860's and some of the first things produced were bricks and pipes.

The exhibition opens on May 25 at 7pm and runs until August 25. 

Emily Siddell and Mark Goody will host an Artist Talk on June 10 at Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn and Clayworks Museum.

Go to facebook.com/tetoiuku or portageceramicstrust.co.nz for more information.

 - Western Leader

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