Jane Vial & Steve Austin

Jane Vial is an award-winning art historian and curator based in Blenheim. A member of the Professional Historians' Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa, she has contributed to various art and history publications. Jane studied at Canterbury and Victoria Universities and graduated with an MA in art history.

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Steve Austin is executive director of the Marlborough Heritage Trust and Marlborough Museum. Steve taught art history and theory before working at the City Gallery, Wellington, The Dowse Art Museum and the Nelson Provincial Museum.

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Festival session

Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand's Pioneer Studio Potter

- Jane and Steve in conversation with Cathie Bell

4pm-5pm, Sunday 7 July, ASB Theatre Marlborough, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, $20

Marlborough-born Elizabeth Lissaman was arguably New Zealand's first pioneer studio potter. She designed, threw, decorated, fired and sold her earthenware pottery continu­ously for almost 70 years. Jane Vial meticulously researched and wrote her story, and Steve Austin contributed an essay placing Elizabeth's work in the wider international context. Jane and Steve discuss what makes Elizabeth and her pottery so special.


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