Tribal Affiliations: Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whātua
Practising artist since 2000, her series of ceramics works are inspired by Atua, wāhine toa and her whakapapa of Māori and European descent.
A member Ngā Kaihanga Uku - Māori Clay Artist Collective, former director and now committee member of Auckland Studio Potters. Carla has participated in national and international projects fostering connections worldwide with indigenous artists.
In 2020 she curated the exhibition “NUku" at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, an exhibition of Māori ceramicists.
Taking on multiple and different projects Ruka has hosted an online ceramic class project “Make a cup” sponsored by Arts out East and Te Tuhi Art Gallery. In 2021 Ruka collaborated with weaver Beronia Scott to create “Ka Mua, Ka Muri” a large-scale art installation at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland.
Carla is selected as the 2022 Touring Potter by the Ceramic Association of NZ. The programme “Coil Aotearoa” funded by Creative NZ has Carla teaching her coiling techniques in large scale sculpture workshops, Artist presentations and community outreach programmes throughout various regions in Aotearoa.
“My work is a reflection of my spirit” Carla’s work is inspired by female deities and her ancestral heritage.
Carla, a creative business owner, is also the Pou Ārahi at Te Tuhi art gallery, committee member of Auckland Studio Potters and an active member of Ngā Kaihanga Uku – Māori Clay Artist Collective.
5 questions in 5 minutes:
Do you have a favourite colour? Kōkōwai
How do you take your coffee? In a Mark Goody mug
Is there something you can’t live without in your studio? Music
Who is your favourite artist of all time + now? Why? Manos Nathan, incredible man and mentor, Darcy Nicholas absolute master in his field. Andrea Hopkins her work is epic. Hiwirori Hatea design and line work.
5 words that explain you or your art?
Ko māua, ko Hineukurangi. Koia