Chris Weaver began his career as a professional ceramicist following the completion of his Diploma of Fine and Applied Arts in 1975 and a Certificate in Ceramics from Otago Polytechnic in 1976. The following year he built a kiln and studio near Hokitika.
Chris produces a range of domestic ware which is instantly recognisable for its strong, simple uncluttered form and emphasis on function. Items such as his grandmother’s pressing iron have inspired the sculptural quality displayed in his work.
He uses white high-firing clay body sections which are wheel thrown and then altered by hand and assembled. The work often has additions of heart rimu handles.
Chris has exhibited throughout New Zealand and his work has won several prestigious awards. He is represented in many public collections. In 2011 Chris won Second Place in the Portage Ceramic Awards.
In 2013 Chris participated in the Fuping Group Artist in residence in Sturt, Mittagong, NSW, Australia.
In 2015 he was admitted to the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva. This was followed by two artist residencies in 2016, one at the Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA and an Artist in Residency at Red Lodge Clay Centre, Red Lodge, Montana, USA.