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Nachiko Schollum

Coming from a family of accomplished Japanese artists, Nachiko completed her law degree in Tokyo before travelling throughout Europe and the Middle East to arrive Down-Under.

Nachiko studied Ceramic Painting, Sculpture & Pottery while working for firms in Christchurch and Auckland, and in 2003 moved to South Canterbury with her daughter and photographer husband.

Nachiko is active among the creative arts community of Canterbury, where her sculptures garnered numerous awards at Annual exhibitions and fundraising events. 

Exhibiting at Wai Clay National Ceramic Awards (2017), Uku Clay Hawkes bay exhibition (2018) and Quarts Emerging Practitioner clay awards in Whanganui (2019) has gained her a following in the North Island also.

Nachiko specialises in functional pottery-ware; Raku pottery objects; sculptured character studies' and glaze-art. Combinations of various materials and glazes fired to different temperatures complete her intriguing and unique character studies and abstract pieces. 

"I am currently creating whimsical pieces of pottery-art continuing to refine my techniques & style drawing on the many positive influences among the artist community".

Nachiko's work is continually evolving, with people - historic and fictional - providing endless inspiration such as her 'character portrait' series. She spends many hours experimenting with glazes and sculpting techniques at her residential pottery studio.  Current focus is wheel-thrown work and portrait pieces. All her creations are highly individual. Examples on display are recent examples of folk drawn from current events and folklore. 

"Most of my works are small desk-top size 'studies' which I hope evoke cheer and conversation".

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