Moyra Elliot

A New Zealand based, independent, writer and curator in ceramics, Moyra Elliott studied Art History, Museum Studies and English at the University of Auckland following many years of her own studio practice and teaching tertiary ceramics students. She was Director of the Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Awards for seven years 1990-’96, and Curator at the Dowse Art Museum – the institution was New Zealand’s principal exhibition and collection venue for applied arts. She is co-author of a history of NZ studio ceramics, ‘Cone Ten Down’, which was a finalist in the NZ Book Awards. In 2010 she was the inaugural Curator for the Yingge International Ceramics Museum Biennale with “Korero”, an exhibition by 43 artists from 27 countries. She has led parties of artists for international residential projects and is working on projects within New Zealand that entail international artists residing and working. Elliott regularly curates exhibitions – international, historical or contemporary – for publicly funded, not for profit, institutions. She has penned more than 40 essays for catalogues, book chapters and ceramics journals/magazines and is currently researching a second book on New Zealand studio ceramics. She is a critic/reviewer for books about ceramics in general print publications, and writes regular commentary for her blog reviewing current New Zealand practices and issues. She is regularly a speaker, panelist or moderator at conferences and lectures on the history of ceramics and work by contemporary practitioners at the University of Auckland. She was awarded the NZ Craft/Object Fellowship in 2009, a Fulbright Award to study teaching of ceramics in USA universities in 1990 and is regularly a grant application reviewer for Creative New Zealand – the NZ Government funding body. She has particular interests in critical writing, curatorial practice, cultural studies, the histories of ceramics, and contemporary and architectural ceramics.


Moyra Elliot


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