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Artist Biography

Alix Ashworth

(Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha)

Ko au te uku, te uku ko au ( I am the clay, the clay is me)

Alix’s work discusses identity and belonging through ceramic and fiber sculpture focusing on strong narrative.

Working from their home studio Alix uses personal reflection to influence work, which often instils an emotional response. Poems are placed alongside the sculptures to inform the viewer of the emotion behind the piece.

Having a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Pre-trader of the year in Tool making, eclectic learning choices lead them to explore clay through Otago Polytechnic. Graduating in 2018 it became apparent that clay/uku was the medium Alix had been searching for.

Most recently they have become a member of Ngā Kaihanga Uku (Māori clay collective), as well as showing in Takirua Toi at Dunedin Public Art Gallery under the care of Paemanu (Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts) and working under the mentorship of master carver Rangi Kipa.

Branching into other mediums and exploring through the support of these masters has allowed them to create a more in depth visual language and sense of self.


“First Thursdays”: December 2016 Kennett Jewellers, Christchurch
“Collude” Group Exhibit: Feb 2017 Next Gallery, Christchurch
“First Thursdays- Life Aquatic”: Dec 2017 Westende Jewellers, Christchurch
“Shared Lines” : Feb 2019 Kaikoura
“Shared Lines” tautahi: March 2019 The Arts Center, Christchurch
“Mata Hou”: June 2019 The Arts Center, Christchurch
“Ko Au”: Oct 2019 Absolution, Christchurch (Solo Show)
“Makeshift” : June 2020 Eastside Gallery, Christchurch
“Whitu” : June 2020 Masterworks Gallery, Auckland
“Makeshift” : June 2020 Eastside Gallery, Cristchurch
“Aoraki Matat” Ng i Tahu Artists: June-July 2020 The Arts Center Christchurch
“Te Whare Marie o Nga Pungawerewere” July 2020, Eastside Gallery, Christchurch


2018- Diploma in Ceramic Arts
(Level 6)
Otago Polytechnic

2009-Bachelor of Fine Arts
(Level 7)
University of Canterbury

2008-Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
(Trade) (Level 4)
Christchurch Polytechnic
Pre-Trader of the Year

2001-University Entrance
St Andrews College
Scholarship & Bursary in Painting


Artist Exhibitions

  • 05th Oct 2022 - 22nd Oct 2022: Tim Main – Alix Ashworth – Josh Bashford

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  • 25th Aug 2020 - 12th Sep 2020: Rebecca Smallridge – Regeneration, Alix Ashworth – “Singing them home, Karen Greenslade – Where the Creek Runs

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