Jenni Taris – Clay Artist

Born Auckland, New Zealand 1952, now residing in Matangi, Hamilton.

Artist's Statement

For me clay is the vehicle to take my inner emotions on a journey into infinite creativity. Using illusions of form, showing physical strength and the inner emotion to give answers to questions. This journey includes and extends my family life by sharing this harmony and embedding it into the sculptural form without loosing the texture and soul of the clay.

NZ Society of PottersMember
Auckland Studio PottersMember
Waikato Society of PottersMember
WaiClay TeamResigned

1981-83Life and portrait classes at Waikato Society of Arts.
1983Started part time pottery classes at The Waikato Polytechnic. Three years with Don Thornley.
1986-87Graduate course with Don Thornley.
1994Built new studio and kiln.

Weekend schools with Peter Masters, Sue Judd, Andrew Van der-Putten, Campbell Hegan, Neil Townsend, Royce McGlashen, Peter Collis, Peter Gibbs, John Crawford , Chester Nealie and Rick Rudd. Summer schools with Jerry Rothman and Rick Rudd. A Weeks school with Paul Windspear.    


1984Waikato Society of Potters.
1985Waikato Society of Potters.
1986Waikato Society of Potters. 
Guest exhibitor at The Waikato Polytechnic.
1987Shoestring Graduates exhibition at Waikato Society of Arts gallery Victoria Street Hamilton.
Waikato Society of Potters. 
Auckland Society of Potters.
New Zealand Society of Potters National. 
Fletcher Challenge. 
Winstone’s Bi-annual. 
Auckland Society of Potters. 
Apple Tree Gallery Te Awamutu (Animal People). 
Group of Friends at Waikato Society of Arts. 
Studio 528 River Road Hamilton (Solo).
New Zealand Society of Potters National (Merit Award). 
Fletcher Challenge.
1991Christmas Show - Oedipus Rex Auckland (Group Show).
1992Waikato Society of Potters. 
Wuxi China. 
Waikato Society of Potters (Merit Award).
1993Waikato Society of Potters. 
Auckland Easter Show.
1995Pyromania Gallery Tauranga (Solo). 
Fire and Form Exhibition Waikato Society of Arts – Mini Exhibition of Aboriginal Figures joint with Pat Patterson’s Paintings.
Waikato Society of Arts – Christmas Show.
1996Baycourt Tauranga Society of Potters. 
Waikato Society of Arts Mini Exhibition (Feminine Forms).
Waikato Society of Arts Xmas Exhibition
1997Waikato Society of Arts Tirau Exhibition (Multi Media).
Waikato Society of Potters Annual Exhibition (Centreplace)
1998The Auckland Easter Show Pottery Exhibition.
Sculptures in The Garden at Wairere Nurseries Gordonton.
Waikato Society of Potters Centerplace Exhibition.
1999Artspost Waikato Society of Potters Exhibition
2000WSP Mad Hatters Teaparty.
Exhibition Easter Show Auckland
2001WaiClay Convention Committee Member. 
NZSP National Exhibition. 
Art Museum Murray Gallery Group Show (Cambridge).
Waikato Retrospective Exhibition at Artspost
2002WSP Exhibition at Artspost.
“Shades of Women” joint Exhibition with Clunie Wilson Artspost.
2003Summertime Exhibition at Artspost
2004Riversdale Exibition Invercargill.
Waikato Society of Arts - Then and Now Exhibition.
Waikato Society of Potters Annual Exhibiton.
WaiClay Team member bringing great ceramics to the Waikato.
Nathan Homestead Exhibition.
Auckland Studio Potters.
Waikato Society of Potters
2005Auckland Studio Potters.
Waikato Society of Potters
2006Waikato Society of Potters.
Auckland Studio Potters.
NZ Society of Potters Inc National Exhibition in the Gisborne Museum.
2007Cone City Clay Exhibition.
Waikato Society of Potters.
Arts trail Exhibition at Artspost.
2008Morrinsville – Wallace Trust Fundraising Exhibition.
Auckland Studio Potters.
Taranaki Potters Group Exhibition.
Nicholson United Autos Art Exhibition
2009Pots accepted in National Exhibition in Wellington Art Gallery.
Invited to Macleans College Art Sale.
Invited to Carmel College Auckland.
2010National Exhibition Dunedin.
Waikato Society of Arts Members Exhibition at Artspost.

Works held in permanent Collections

The Waikato PolytechnicWarrior
The Waikato Polytechnic Design & Communications DepartmentBlack Fired Jar.
The Waikato MuseumWarrior.
The Wellington Cooperate CollectorsDancer.
Sacred Hearts Girls CollegeFem Form
JD Wallace Trust


Turner Art GalleryCnr SH 2 & Clarke Road, Te Puna
Birdwood Gallery298 Middle Road, Havelock North
Parnells Cafe & Gallery349 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui
Smashed Pipi Gallery40 Moir Street, Mangawhai
Grassroots GalleryFashion Island Shops, Papamoa
Expressions Gallery836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Bounty644 Pollen Street, Thames
ArtsPost120 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Arts & FramesPakuranga
Moko ArtspaceHot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
The Garden Art Studio1242 Kaipaki Road, Cambridge
HUHU Store10 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo