Maia McDonald


b. 1983

Hapu, Ngāti Mutunga, Urenui Marae. Iwi, Te Āti Awa, Parihaka.

Maia McDonald is a cross disciplinary Artist working primarily in uku (clay). She has exhibited in New Zealand and abroad. Her first solo exhibition was in 2015 at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington and she continues to exhibit annually. Her work has been acquired by Peter McCleavey Gallery, and is held in public and private collections including Wellington Museum, Wellington Art Collection and Puke Ariki Museum.

She completed her BFA in Photo Media (with honours) at Massey University, Wellington and in 2017 was awarded a Diploma in Māori Art and Design, having studied under Māori master uku Artist, Wi Taepa. While completing her studies in Porirua, she initiated and was responsible for running Wellington Clay collective.

Prior to her studies in Porirua she was taught traditional throwing techniques by Japanese master thrower and Anagama specialist Shige Ohashi. She currently resides in Taranaki, Aotearoa and is enrolled at Otago Polytechnic, studying Glaze Technology, volunteering as Kiln Technician for the New Plymouth Potters Association. She was recently selected for The Rick Rudd Emerging Clay Artist Exhibition and CERAMICUS 2018. Maia has exhibitions coming up in Japan and New York across 2019 and 2020.

Maia’s last name is Makatanara and was anglicised to McDonald during New Zealand’s colonial history.