The Kilns Project

The Kilns Project

  • 2018 – ongoing

The Kilns Project explores the relocation of two beehive kilns, built in Te Horo, Kāpiti in the early 1970’s by acclaimed potter Mirek Smišek. The brick kilns are not registered by Heritage New Zealand, however are deemed to have significant historical, cultural and architectural value as the only known beehive kilns still existing in New Zealand. I have been researching and documenting the story of the kilns since 2018, leading to their recent successful relocation in early 2021- a complex and amazing feat! I have collected materials from the site and have begun developing new art works which will be exhibited in 2022.

MAIN IMAGE: Grant Tilly, Beehive Kilns, print on paper, 1972


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