New Zealand Delft a survey of work of Anneke Borren ENDED

Post date: 09-Jul-2017 01:34:37

Delft is known for its on-glaze decorated ware. It was developed in the 16th century reaching a peal in the 17th and 18th centuries.

At this time Europe was importing decorated porcelain from China. Because European potters did not have the capability to make porcelain buff coloured clays were coated with an opaque white tin glaze which then had the decoration painted on the dry clay before firing.

Anneke Borren has taken this quintessentially Dutch technique and reinvented it in a contemporary style. Recently she has glazed without painted decoration but has incorporated some carved designs.

She has worked with clay for 50 years and kept an extensive collection of her work.

Anneke decided on a change in lifestyle and, as part of this has, with extreme generosity, gifted this entire exhibition of selected works from throughout her career to the Rick Rudd Foundation.

Rick Rudd


Anneke was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 1946. She began to learn to throw on the potter's wheel at the age of 12 and emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1963.

She attended the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch in 1966. She worked in the Royal Dutch Delft Factory, Delft in 1967. In 1968 and 1969 she worked in Denmark and Sweden, returning to New Zealand in late 1969.

Between 1977 and 1981 she toured and studied in the USA, Mid and South Americas, Southern Europe and the UK.

She was a member of the Potters Cooperative in Wellington (1986 - 1993), a lecturer at Whitirea Polytechnic, Porirua (1988 - 1993) and the Education Officer and Public Programmes Coordinator at the Dowse Art Museum (1995 - 2000).

Anneke has been an elected artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts since 1974, was president of the New Zealand Society of Potters (1997 - 2000) and was made a life member in 2011.

Her work has been illustrated in numerous books and is held in private collections and museums throughout New Zealand and around the world including the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa and Museum Booymans van Beunigen, Rotterdam.

Anneke was married to sculptor/carver Owen Mapp between 1971 and 1993 and has two daughters, Tahi and Tamara.