Denis O’Connor

Denis O’Connor – Biography

Denis O’Connor is a ceramicist, sculptor and writer based on Waiheke Island.

O’Connor is primarily known for his emblematic limestone carvings, slate engravings, and large-scale public commissions, that draw on references from the rich literature and histories of Ireland and Aotearoa New Zealand. Renowned for his fastidious craftsmanship, O’Connor delights in mercurial narratives, weaving past with present, through the many mediums he works in.


He has been the recipient of many awards including:

  • the Blumhardt Foundation Residency in Gulgong (2016)
  • Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at Otago University (1985)
  • Moet and Chandon Fellowship in Champagne,
  • France (1996)
  • the Rathcoola Fellowship in Cork, Ireland (2005).