Kōrero, Art Talk

DIY making of a gas raku kiln from old honey drum lined with insulation.

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Welcome to Karen Wilde Art’s kōrero blog. Here you will find discussions around making, ceramics, surface experiments, tutorials, kiln firings and behind the scenes of studio life. Enjoy!

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Messy Maker tips gif by Karen Wilde

How to Clean Up Clay and Glaze Safely!

After completing my Visual Arts degree in 2021 and moving from ‘institute student studio life’ into ‘unsupported garage studio life’ – I’ve been pushing the limitations of my experimental glazed ceramics at home. It’s been fun! But it’s also been very messy and I was worried about how I would…

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Ceramic Volcano Black Bead Pendant, Mini Volcano Pottery, New Zealand Nature Art

Making Ceramic Jewellery

Making jewellery and wearable art evolved from a combination of exploring ways to recycle and further develop my ceramics, along with resurrecting an old jewellery-making hobby I started many years ago (I used to make pendants out of wood, hand-cut and delicately pyrography burned with animal and nature themed designs).…

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NZ artist Karen Wilde holding large Puia Volcano ceramic pottery

Firing Large Ceramics

Let’s be honest, when it comes to art, bigger is “usually” better when it comes to the laws of viewer attraction. There is a reason that large scale installations draw most of the attention (good or bad) at museums and galleries. I’m not saying that smaller works can’t be equally…

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Artist Karen Wilde standing on top of a mountain in New Zealand, overlooking South Island lake Wanaka and snow capped ranges.

About Me

Hi, I’m Karen. A nature-loving NZ artist who experiments with fire, clay and glaze alchemy to make unique, original contemporary sculptures and small-batch ceramics. As a practising artist, I wear a few creative hats in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s creative community, including gallery and art foundry assistant.

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