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 witha National Diploma of Design, and in 1964 with an Art Specialist Teachers Diploma. Holiday work in a country pottery in Ireland prompted her to return to New Zealand where she has been a full-time professional potter since 1976.
Wiseman is the recipient of major awards including the 1984 Premier Award in the Fletcher Challenge Pottery Award, The 1992 and 2001 Premier Awards in the Royal Easter Show Pottery Awards, the 2005 Premier Award in the Portage Ceramic Award, and the 2007 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award.
Wiseman is a three times recipient of a QE11 Arts Council Creative Development Grant. In 2002 her work ‘Pacific Rim’ was featured on a special edition of stamps issued by New Zealand Post and Sweden Post called “Art Meets Craft”.
Her work can be found in important public collections throughout New Zealand and internationally including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Waikato Museum, Hawkes Bay Museum, Dowse Art Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery. Otago Museum, The Department of Foreign Affairs, theTaipei Fine Art Museum, and Te Papa.