Join one of Aotearoa’s leading ceramic artists, Carla Ruka, as she discusses her work and practice as an indigenous artist and as a member of the Māori clay collective Ngā Kaihanga Uku.

Ruka is known for her large-scale hand-built forms made using a unique coiling technique that she has developed during her 22-year practice. Her series Hineukurangi and Māori Angels Series are among her most recognised works. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Carla Ruka speak during her visit as part of the Ceramics NZ Touring Potter Programme, supported by Creative NZ. Please register as spaces are limited.

Carla Ruka: (Nga Puhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Porouri).

Representing Aotearoa for Indigenous ceramics Carla is a formidable artist in her field. As an active member of Ngā Kaihanga Uku - Māori Clay Artist Collective and committee member of Auckland Studio Potters, Carla has been a practicing ceramic artist since 2000, completing her studies in Māori Art and Design focused on ceramics from a Māori and Wahine Toa perspective. Ruka has participated in national and international projects undertaken by Ngā Kaihanga Uku and has fostered connections within the ceramics community through her work at Driving Creek Pottery and as the Director of Auckland Studio Potters. In 2020 she curated the exhibition NUku at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery.

“My work is a reflection of my spirit, I can see a piece I made 10 years ago and still remember exactly how I felt when I made it”.


  • Free


  • Sat 17 Sep


  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm


  • 42 Queen Street
  • New Plymouth