Kiya completed a BA (hons) in Ceramics at the University of Westminster, London (1997) where she was enjoying an extended OE of 20yrs! Her practise initially ran alongside other work as an Occupational Therapist in Mental Health, and Buddhist Psychotherapy. She then returned to New Zealand (home) in 2004, where making/ceramics became the full-time focus on Waiheke Island. Her work is a reflection on the continuum of energy and/or movement in its most subtle form(often unseen) but ever present. This is influenced by her studies in Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and lots of rural wandering as a child! The hope is that the viewers eye will move without interruption, creating a sense of freedom and release from constraint. In 2017 she began exploring work on a larger scale with steel. A unique ‘steel press’ was designed by a friend and made by local engineers, which enabled her to further the path of ‘energy loops’. This is an ongoing challenge! These pieces can be oxidised corten steel; self sealed or galvanised/powder-coated mild steel and occasionally aluminium. She continues to work in both ceramics and steel.
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