Bob Steiner, is a renowned New Zealand ceramic artist, based in Auckland, New Zealand. Specialising in sculpturally designed forms, Bob has been creating exquisite pieces of fine ceramic art for over 30 years.
Coming from a sound background in the handcrafted pottery tradition of New Zealand each piece is created at his studio in Auckland.
The collectible pieces of the New Zealand flora and fauna range form an exciting sculptural body of work that offers stylish pieces of wall art to complement interior and outdoor spaces.
His work was selected as a finalist for the Designed Objects section of the BestDesignAwards08. The Best Design Awards are a national award programme of the Designers Institute of New Zealand, recognising New Zealand’s best graphic, product and spatial design. The entry was recently exhibited in Korea at the Design Korea 2009 exhibition.
Bob’s work has been exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York (May 2008), by essenze (of Parnell). It was a finalist in the ICFF Design Awards for Wall Design.
Recent commissions include:
- The University of Auckland. To design and produce a commemorative gift to celebrate the University’s 125th anniversary a limited edition piece that was presented to guests at a Distinguished Alumni Awards.
- Oxfam Trailwalker 2009, 2010, 2011 when Bob was commissioned to create unique, hand crafted, ceramic medals for walkers who crossed the finish line at Oxfam’s Trailwalker, held in Taupo.
In 2009 Bob was invited by Mercy Hospice Auckland to develop a series of wall panels using his wall art squares to make various compositions, a ceramic garden, for years to come.
The project, opened by the Prime Minister John Key, was launched with the centrepiece being displayed and pieces sold as remembrance tiles to raise funds for the hospice. They will be installed on the walls of the hospice courtyard that is used by patients and their families/friends. The panels are being installed as they are sold. Ultimately, it is envisaged to be a wall art installation measuring up to around 16 meters x 1.2 meters (when finished).
The hospice project offers Bob the opportunity to showcase his work on a much larger scale than usual, while at the same time raise much needed funds. A new panel has been recently installed.
The growing installation currently measures around 6.6 metres by 1.2 m high.
In March 2011 Bob worked on a project to heighten awareness of the Hihi (Stitch Bird) and promote conservation in New Zealand. The Tiritiri Matangi Island Hihi Research Group in partnership with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi and the Department of Conservation, have instigated the hihi week project.
We have a great selection of Bobs work in store. Purchase or view on line here.