George Kojis

United States / Aotearoa New Zealand

Otamatea platform series

  • Purchased, 1985
  • Stoneware
  • 610 x 170 x 175mm
  • 85/53

George Kojis has described his work as a search for the indigenous vessel - one that incorporates both cultural and traditional influences. In this tall container, the overlapping sheets and pieces have the appearance of being stitched together, suggesting early forms of vessels, such as those made from plant material or animal skin. Although the stoneware is very hard, Kojis has managed to create an impression of softness and malleability. His ceramic vessels and containers are made with a conventional wheel and handthrown technique. Kojis was born in Wisconsin, United States, and served in the military forces between 1964 and 1967. He then studied painting at the University of Wisconsin and ceramics at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1976 Kojis became a lecturer in art at Wellington Teachers' College. He also taught pottery, design and ceramics at Wellington Polytechnic School of Design and Victoria University. After his move to New Zealand, Kojis exhibited widely throughout the country and examples of his work are held in several public galleries and libraries.