Address48 Tongue Farm Road. Matakana.. 948, Rodney, Auckland.
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What you should know about Morris & James Matakana, Limited
After leaving school, he worked on stations around the South Island, before going on to study agriculture at Lincoln. He took a job driving bulldozers for five months saving every penny for his journey. In 1961 after a while teaching in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City, he hitch hiked from Bangkok to London. His CV makes interesting reading Farm Labourer and Manager in England, General handy man in a centuries old resort in Norway, Circus hand in Texas, Dish washer in Pasadena, Unionised Factory worker in Canada and Carpenter on the Vervoot Dam in South Africa.
He served as a veterinarian on a voyage to Hong Kong and was fourth officer on a Pakistani rice trip travelling Rangoon to Chittagong. He was restless, and after much anguish, decided to head back to South Africa to Study. In 1968 Ant was working as a scaffolder’s labourer when a friend told him he should try potting and introduced him to Robyn Welch. He found himself drawn into a dance of people working together’ and importantly, one of traditional potting throwing robust and simple domestic ware for the local community.
Welch ran a small but thriving ceramics business from the rural idyll of Stradbroke in Suffolk, East Anglia, where he maintained his own workshop and designed for industry leaders such as Wedgewood. These principles were to become an ongoing and central focus for Ant, and continue as strategic objectives in the coming years. In many ways his experience with Robyn set the course for his subsequent business and creative life. Within months of returning to New Zealand in 1977 Ant and his wife Sue James acquired the Tongue Farm Road property, which Ant described as a bit of a shocker gorse ridden, strewn with rubbish and home to an alarming population of rats’.
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* Hand-crafted pots and vessels
* Pottery Tour
* Sculptural pieces including bird baths
* Watch artists at work
* Gift vouchers
* Classic, contemporary and Kiwiana art
*The Morris & James Experience