Wheku Kōrero

Encouraging communication, expression, and the sharing of ideas

A parata is a human-style face, usually with moko (facial tattoo). This beautiful work is cast in ceramics from an original wood carving and fired with a range of colourful glazes. These forms explore the fusion of traditional whakairo (carving) and the potter’s kiln. Please note that as each piece is hand cast and brush glazed, the markings will always have unique characteristics. They will differ slightly to those pictured.

Surface pattern

This work is an example of a full/half facial moko (tattoo). In both Pre-European times as well as today, moko embellish facial features and are usually a sign of status and standing in one’s hapū (sub-tribe) and iwi (tribe). The style of patterns generally signify whakapapa (genealogy).

(Parata/Wheku) The style of this work draws on traditional elements of carving from the Te Arawa (Bay of Plenty) and East Coast regions of the North Island. These elements are exemplified in the shape of the head, and the positioning and shape of facial features. The design of this piece is achieved through the use of chisel and mallet only, not with power tools or sandpaper.

180 x 130 x 50 mm