"As a Maori clayworker I have a rich heritage of allegory and metaphor to draw on as a cultural template - a foundation and springboard from which to reinterpret and develop an identity for the non-customary medium of clay." - 28 Aug. 2002
Manos Nathan was born in Rawene, Hokianga, in 1948. He works out of his home studio/workshop in Dargaville and Ahi-ka-roa workshop and kiln, at Matatina Marae in the Waipoua forest.
Nathan has been at the forefront of Maori art since the mid-1980s. A winner of the Fulbright Award in 1989, Manos Nathan is a highly respected clayworker, active in promoting contemporary Maori art.
His work is held in the collections of the British Museum; the National Museum of Scotland; the Museum fur Volkerkunder, Berlin, and Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand.
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