James Greig, 1936-1986, was an internationally recognised New Zealand ceramic artist and was appointed a cultural ambassador by the NZ Government. Works are held in collections around the world incl Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Japanese Imperial household and the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
He had the distinction of being the first ever foreigner to be included in that most prestigious of Japanese ceramics exhibitions: “Tachibana-Ten: One Hundred Best Potters” in 1977 and Mr Haseke, Chief Curator of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, said of him in 1985 that he wished Greig’s entire collection could be purchased for the museum. Two memorial exhibitions of his work were held in Japan, something unprecedented at that time.
Curated Dowse Art Museums the definitive NZ retrospective exhibition will feature works from his private collection which have never before been shown publicly, and is scheduled for Nov 2016.