Merilyn Wiseman is a well established ceramicist who has exhibited and lectured widely throughout New Zealand.
Following a Preliminary Diploma at Elam School of Art in 1959 Merilyn continued her studies at Goldsmiths School of Art, University of London, and graduated in 1963 with a National Diploma of Design specialising in painting. Holiday work in a country pottery in Ireland prompted her to return to New Zealand where she has been a full-time professional ceramicist since 1976.
Wiseman is the recipient of major awards including the 1984 Premier Award in Fletcher Challenge Pottery Award, the 1992 and 2001 Premier Awards in the Royal Easter Show Pottery Award, the 2005 Premier Award in Portage Ceramic Award, and the 2007 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. Wiseman is also three times recipient of the QE11 Arts Council Creative Development Grant. Her work can be found in important public collections throughout New Zealand and internationally including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, and Canterbury Museum, Christchurch.