Kim Michaela Henderson

Date of birth
born in Golden Bay, Nelson area, South Island in 1968. Nee: Kim Michaela Stark.

My art and ceramics reflect the importance of flora and fauna and the environment in my life.

I was born in Golden Bay and grew up in the small seaside settlement of Parapara. The estuary, sea and river evoke fond memories and the abundant wildlife it attracted. My father (John Stark) was a potter at the time and life often revolved around the pottery work shed, a place where I enjoyed making and creating with clay.

After graduating from design school at the Christchurch Polytechnic in 1991 a career in graphic design, structural carton design and sign writing followed. West Melton, Canterbury is now my home.

One of my recreational pleasures is scuba diving. I find the vast diversity of marine life captivating and it plays an important role in my art. My underwater camera has become an invaluable tool on my underwater adventures.

After attending pottery classes through the Canterbury Potters’ Association I set up a pottery studio at home in 2009. We converted the hay barn for my work space and the old horse stables have become a studio gallery. Apart from ceramics I also paint with acrylic, mixed media and encaustics (melted beeswax).

Artist statement

Nature offers so much relevance and scope through my art. I enjoy conveying its beauty sometimes with a hint of beast. Man’s part to play in nature’s ecology has become of importance too.

Currently water is the basis for my ceramic themes. Rock pools, ponds and the sea have been an excellent basis to draw inspiration from. The shapes, textures and patterns add much stimulus to my art. I often include inscriptions on the interior of my ceramic vessels. These can be recollections from my childhood living in Golden Bay or commentary on the importance of waterways in our environment.

Other sources of interest which add much to my ceramic art are insects, textiles, indigenous art and craft and furniture (vintage and modern).

My ceramic forms are of clean and simple design. I maximise the ceramic’s surface with my decorative illustrations and textured imagery. My ceramics are made from clay rolled to the desired thickness, then decorated with coloured slips or pressed into textured reliefs. It is finally assembled into vessels or more abstract pieces. I use stoneware clay glaze electric fired to 1160°C.

Curriculum Vitae


1989-1991 Diploma of Visual Communication
CPIT, Christchurch
Major: illustration
Minors: graphic design and three dimensional studies


The Portage Ceramic Awards
Silo Park, Auckland Waterfront
12 – 20 October 2013

Light, Land & Sea – Joint exhibition with Angus Murdie
31 May – 27 June 2013

Celebrating Ceramics – The 54th National Exhibition of New Zealand Potters
Expressions, Upper Hutt
23 March – 12 May 2013

2012 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists Show
18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas USA
16 February – 9 March 2013

18 Hands Gallery, Houston Convention Center, Texas USA
March 19 – 22 March 2013

Ebb & Flow -solo exhibition
Artist's West Melton Studio Gallery
Weekends 23 – 24, 30 – 31 March and 6 – 7 April 2013

Canterbury Potters Assoc. Annual Exhibition - Group exhibition
Visitors Lounge, Canterbury Museum
8 – 18 November 2012

The Portage Ceramic Awards 2012 - Selected Finalist
The Cloud, Auckland
27 October – 4 November 2012

Art Fusions 2012 - Invited artist
Carmel College, Milford, Auckland
14 – 16 September 2012

Ashburton Society of Arts 48th Annual Exhibition - Guest Artist
Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton
19 June 2012 – 06 July 2012

Come for a Cuppa Ceramic group show
Form Gallery, Christchurch
16 – 20 June 2012

‘Blue Spaces’, group show
Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke
March – April 2012

NZ Society of Potters 53rd National Exhibition
Whangamata, Coromandel
March – April 2012

Hung & Plinth
Twelve ceramic artist show
Form Gallery, Christchurch
February 2012

‘Reflect Recollect’
(joint exhibition with Akane Nakao)
Form Gallery, Christchurch
August 2011

‘New Beginnings’
Artist’s Studio Gallery, Christchurch
April 2011


Celebrating Ceramics, the 54th National Exhibition of New Zealand Potters 2013
Excellence Award

The Portage Ceramic Awards 2013
Merit Award

Sensational Selwyn Awards 2012
Finalist, Arts and Cultural Award

Emerging Artist 2012
Kim Henderson was selected as one of US Ceramic Monthly Magazine’s Emerging Artists for 2012. She was one of fourteen artists chosen for this honour and her work was featured in the May 2012 issue.

People’s Choice Award Finalist 2012
Ceramic Arts Daily selected Kim Henderson as a finalist for their International Emerging Ceramic Artist People’s Choice Award.

US Ceramic Monthly, May 2012
Emerging Artist Award Finalist

Canterbury Potters' Association Annual Exhibition 2012
Merit Award

Ceramic Arts Daily, May 2012
People’s Choice Award Finalist

2011 Canterbury Potters’ Association Annual Exhibition
Merit Award

2009 Canterbury Potters’ Association Annual Exhibition
Avice Hill Memorial Prize

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