Bronwynne Cornish is one of New Zealand’s best known and loved ceramic sculptors.
Cornish originally studied industrial design in Wellington in the 1960s before discovering what was to become a life-long love of earthenware as an apprentice to leading New Zealand potter Helen Mason.
Her dry-glazed figures, half human/half animal, are a hallmark of Cornish’s work. They have a wild, other-worldly quality to them, referencing ancient Greek, Egyptian and Indian mythologies:
I make work that I hope will create a certain atmosphere, ring a long-lost bell, and help people create their own mythologies.
Cornish’s work can be found in major public and private collections in New Zealand and abroad, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Dowse Art Museum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Collection, The Wallace Collection and the Kobayashi Collection in Japan.
Her major survey exhibition Mudlark toured to Auckland, Wellington and Napier.