• Chantel Matthews

Morning Pages

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

The Blog is a think tank. A process of assessing the everyday. Creating a criteria of what can be considered. What is potential art and what is just life. A dumping ground. The blog also houses art that contributes to thoughts and ideas I am interested in at the time.

Morning pages is a method used in this process.

I have fallen in love with the clay, while taxing on the body, the clay teaches me how to centre myself and surrender to the process when entering. Clay connects me to the whenua and whakapapa from a te ao Māori world view. When I use clay it is like taking a walk in nature. I cannot control the outcome, I can only surrender to it.

Through clay, I can connect with other wāhine and enter into an exchange, a kōrero, a space to connect as wāhine, to understand and be understood.

Ref, book: Women and Ceramics - it considers women ceramicist’s relationship with clay.

Key words: Embodied relationships, exchange, centre.

Thea Ceramics




Glazes: Cinnamon, Celadon, Alabaster, Charcoal

Carrie Mae Weems

Roses frozen in ice blocks

#WATCH The title of Knight or Dame still carries weight, but what about mana i te ao Māori? We’re privileged to have the reflections of Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi, Dame Naida Glavish and Dame Tariana Turia ngā wāhine toa kua para i te huarahi mō Ngāi Māori.