Aaron Scythe

Aaron Scythe is both a painter and ceramist.

In 1995 Scythe went to Japan to study Shino and wood firing techniques in Mino and at the end of that year he returned to Japan to study under the avant-garde, contemporary ceramic artist Koie Ryōiji.

The sixteen years he spent living in Japan and Japanese traditions such as Mingei and Chadōgu (tea ceremony wares) greatly influenced the philosophical approach and techniques which can be seen in Scythe’s work today. He opts for the aesthetics and making techniques of the ‘tea world’ which have their beginnings in the Momoyama period in Japan.

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.