New Zealand born Chester Nealie (1942) began making ceramics in 1964 after instruction in New Zealand from Shoji Hamada, Takeichi Kawai and Michael Cardew. He has lectured and given demonstrations widely in New Zealand and internationally.
Chester's woodfired ceramics show the effects of prolonged firing at high temperatures on raw clay surfaces, using an anagama kiln. Although his works have a basic classical form, their individuality is present in the freedom and joy in hand making combined with the magical spontaneity of flame. Chester is a New Zealand potter now living and working in Gulgong, Australia.
Chester has held numerous one person exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia, as well as having participated in many group exhibitions also in Japan, Korea, China, USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Spain & Germany. He is internationally recognised as a leading figure in woodfired ceramics.