Sculpture blog

  • I have become very excited about the possibilities of Raku firing my figures and in collaboration with a friend who owns a raku kiln have experimented with this form of finishing my work. Exhibition of 20 Raku fired standing figures opens on 16 December at Muse Gallery Havelock North.
    Posted: Saturday 26 October 2019
  • The figures are first bisque fired in an electric kiln. A white crackle glaze is brushed on and fired in raku kiln to 1000degC at this point the lid is removed from the kiln and with metal tongs the red hot figures are removed with metal tongs and placed into a tin bucket of sawdust. Flames flicker on contact with the extreme heat of the ceramic form and a lid is placed on top shutting off the supply of oxygen.

    Once cool the pieces are removed from sawdust and washed to remove ash and sawdust. The effect is the glaze has formed crackles and the black markings is the carbon from smoke entering the surface of the clay and cracks in the glaze.
    Posted: Saturday 26 October 2019
  • Sunday 24 March I travel first to Osaka for an adventure with friends that takes me to explore the culture of Japan. We arrive in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival and take in the ancient cities of Japan, Kyoto and Kanazawa and walk the Nakasendo Trail in the mountains, the route of Shogun entourages of 16th century to pay annual homage to the Emperor in Tokyo. We will learn about the ancient traditions of ceramics during our visit to Kanazawa and visit the museums
    Posted: Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Price: $1150 each (includes totara stand)
    Dimensions: All sculptures with stand approximately 1005mm tall x 170w x 170d
    Materials: Red raku clay, totara fence post, copper, steel plate

    Artists’s statement:
    The figures in the Waiting series express vulnerability, patience and thoughtfulness. In reading their stillness and uncertainty, we participate in their moment.

    The lichened totara posts used to elevate the figures lend a rustic harmony to the terracotta colour and surface textures of the red raku clay. They were made by Russell Evenson in collaboration with the artist.

    The Sculpture Alfresco exhibition in Malo courtyard is ending soon, however three of the figures will continue to be exhibited within the Muse Gallery
    Posted: Tuesday 19 March 2019
  • Sculpture Alfresco Havelock North
    The Waiting figures stand tall in the courtyard of the Malo restaurant. Sculpture Alfresco is a collaboration between Muse Gallery and Malo, transforming the courtyard into a temporary open air gallery.
    I have collaborated with artist Russell Evenson to present the Waiting figures on bespoke plinths.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 March 2019
  • Old man tree
    Such fun working in red raku clay imagining the mystical lifeforms of an ancient forest dweller
    Posted: Thursday 9 August 2018
  • Abseilers
    Ceramic figures suspended on wire, fired clay and given a bronze patina, these were commissioned pieces but I am making more for MUSE gallery Havelock North
    Posted: Thursday 9 August 2018
  • Communion
    This large form goes into the kiln today
    Posted: Thursday 9 August 2018
  • Upcoming exhibition
    WAITING (For Life to Begin)
    at Hastings City Art Gallery
    19 May - 24 June 2018
    Posted: Tuesday 15 May 2018
  • SEED sculpture symposium
    Hastings CBD 24-27 January 2018
    Posted: Tuesday 30 January 2018
  • 4 Ceramic sculptures on exhibit at Viva Gallery Napier
    Posted: Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • On Pencarrow Head
    This is a bit of a departure into a new building method. The clay is Laguna paper clay (cream after firing) black iron oxide, red stain, other colours are underglazes. It was fun and exciting to break out into different techniques from the methods I had been using.
    Posted: Wednesday 11 October 2017
  • Its Viva's birthday party
    Posted: Thursday 21 September 2017
  • Workshop the standing figure
    Posted: Wednesday 19 April 2017
  • Come to the opening 30 September 5-7pm, we would love you to join us!
    Posted: Friday 16 September 2016

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