Before turning his talents to pottery, Graham Ambrose had won numerous awards for his furniture designs. But when the opportunity arose to swap mediums, he was more than ready to change. “As much as I enjoyed working with wood, I always cherished a passion for clay.”
Strongly influenced by the modernist movement, his primary interest is in creating minimalist forms. He is particularly known for his mastery of bold glazes that complement his sculptural ceramic shapes.
His determination to produce aesthetically satisfying pots drives his ambition to control the ceramic process. However, Ambrose has learned that, unlike wood, clay takes on an impetuous life of its own. A master potter once warned him that after taking meticulous notes and maintaining the most stringent precautionary regime, all his pots would be transformed by the whim of the fire gods. To his joy and sometimes his dismay, Ambrose has found this to be an absolute truth.
Graham Ambrose exhibits his work in a select group of galleries within New Zealand and Internationally. His works are increasingly being found in private collections in New York, London, Hong Kong, Sweden and Australia. Naturally, thanks to the vagaries of the fire gods, each piece will always be unique. Graham Ambrose also teaches at the Auckland Studio Potters Centre to Diploma level.
Graham Ambrose Works Available At Black Door Gallery
Graham Ambrose is strongly influenced by the modernist movement, his primary interest is in creating minimalist forms. Ambrose is particularly known for his mastery of bold glazes that complement his sculptural ceramic shapes.