Potter Mirek Smíšek’s legacy - Smíšek’s Te Horo kilns

Mirek Smíšek's legacy

The ceramic artist Mirek Smíšek produced hundreds of earthenware vessels for the Lord of the Rings. He was New Zealand’s first full-time studio potter and produced a lifetime of works which are treasured today. His works are held in private collections and museums. Now his 'beehive' kilns are being carefully dismantled and rebuilt nearby in an effort to preserve them.  Both remarkable and fragile, these kilns helped produce much of his work since he moved to Kapiti.

Listen to Jenny Shearer, ceramic artist, talk about notable potters from the 1960s and Smíšek’s legacy of pottery that has shaped this tradition.  Conservation Architect Ian Bowman will show us how the preservation process of the kilns will be achieved.

Event Details


  • Thursday 29 October
  • 5.30-7.30pm
  • Refreshments from 5.30pm and talks begin at 6pm.


Antrim House, 63 Boulcott Street, Wellington 6011.

Make a Booking

Ensure your place with an RSVP by 22nd October to: infocentral@heritage.org.nz, or telephone Sophia on (04) 494 8320

Places are limited to 40 and Covid-19 guidance will be sent out prior.


  • 63 Boulcott Street
  • Wellington
  • 6011

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Alert Level 1: Monday - Friday
  • 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Alert Level 2 and above: Closed to the public
  • Grounds are open at all levels
  • Closed weekends and public holidays.


Free, viewing is limited to the main hallway, lower staircase and former drawing room. Check with reception when you arrive. You are welcome to use the grounds at any time for personal recreation and relaxation.