Born in Auckland in 1971, Aaron Scythe is both a painter and ceramist. He has lived and work for 16 years in Japan, returning to New Zealand in 2011 following the Fukushima disaster.
Scythe’s current work reflects both his New Zealand and Māori heritage, his passion for Japanese ceramic traditions and the long time he spent living in Japan. It expresses the Oribe (after tea master Futura Oribe1544–1615) way of working: an aesthetic of flawed beauty and his own desire to “…bring Momoyama Mino ware into the 21st century…”.
The text, symbolism and imagery Scythe uses on his work is a synthesis of both Japanese culture and Māori proverbs and the words of Māori prophets.
"Tui tui tuia- sew sew sew together, it’s a Rātana quote but I think it reflects on how I am trying to sew all my influences feeling inspiration and new home land together into my pieces".
Aaron aims to produce work that is affordable, functional and aesthetically beautiful. “...something that is not made in a factory, but something that has feeling and soul, hopefully to be felt by the user of the work, a connection of maker and user and accessible to all…”
Scythe has had over 60 solo exhibitions in Japan. His work has also been widely shown in both New Zealand and Australia and is held in private collections around the world.