- Colleen Waata Urlich
- Te Popoto o Ngāpuhi ki Kaipara/Ngāpuhi/Māori
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- New Zealand
- Date of death
- 10 Sep 2015
- Place of death
- Dargaville/Northland (region)/New Zealand
- Colleen Waata Urlich was born in Te Kōpuru, Northern Wairoa, and later attended Dargaville High School, where sculptor Fred Graham was her art teacher.
It was in Auckland that Waata Urlich first started working with uku (clay). She also began to take further art classes with Colin McCahon and Hamish Keith, and was mentored by Reverend Māori Marsden in mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) relating to clay.
In 2002, Waata Urlich was awarded a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland for her research into Lapita design traditions and the retention of clay knowledge by Māori.
Waata Urlich was a foundation member of Ngā Kaihanga Uku, committee member of Te Ātinga, co-ordinator of Kauwae and trustee of Toi Māori Aotearoa. In 2015, she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art.
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