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Full Name  Paerau Corneal
Known for  Ceramics, pottery
Name  Paerau Corneal

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Born  1961New Zealand
Education  Waiariki Institute of Technology Certificate (Craft Design) 1988, Diploma (Craft Design Maori) 1991

Uku Rere - Whangarei Art Museum

Paerau Corneal (b 1961) is a New Zealand ceramicist of Tūwharetoa and Te Āti Haunui-a-Paparangi descent.



Corneal holds a Certificate in Craft Design 1988 and a Diploma in Craft Design Māori 1991 from Waiariki Institute of Technology.


Corneal has exhibited both internationally and nationally since 1988. A consistent theme in her work is Māori female empowerment. From 2013 Corneal has been collaborating with contemporary Māori dancer Louise Potiki-Bryant. Their performance work entitled Kiri references a creation narrative of the first Māori human, Hineahuone and opened for the 2014 Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland.

Throughout her career, Corneal has been involved in varying artist collectives. She was a founding member, alongside Manos Nathan, Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa and Colleen Waata Urlich of Ngā Kaihanga Uku, a collective of Māori Clay workers. Corneal was also involved with Kauwae, a collective of Māori women artists formed in 1997; Te Rōpū o Ngā Wāhine Kai Whakairo, a collective of Māori women carvers and Haeata Women’s Collective.

Selected exhibitions

  • 2013-5 Uku Rere, Ngā Kaihanaga Uku. Pataka Art + Museum; Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi; the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu; Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato; Tairawhiti Museum Te Whare Taonga o te Tairawhiti; and Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science + History.
  • 2014 Slip Cast, The Dowse Art Museum
  • 2009 Kauwae 09, Kauwae Group, a national collective of Mäori women artists. Tairawhiti Museum.
  • 2005 Manawa: Pacific heartbeat. Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver.
  • 2003 Kiwa: Pacific connections: Maori art from Aotearoa. Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver.
  • 2003-5 Ngā Toko Rima, Ngā Kaihanga Uku. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Tinakori Gallery, Wellington.
  • 2002 Sisters Yakkananna/Kahui Mareikura. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide.
  • 1998 Uku! Uku! Uku! International Festival of the Arts, Wellington
  • 1992 Treasures of the Underworld. World Expo, Seville; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
  • Collections

    Corneal's work is held in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.


    Paerau Corneal Wikipedia

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