Sculpture blog

  • Figure in the Garden. Seven talented artists joined me for this project, work was very diverse because the participants were working freely using hand building techniques learned on this and other workshops.
    Posted: Tuesday 21 July 2015
  • For a month now I am working with a different style of figurative work, heading towards a major exhibition in Napier at the Arts + Enterprise gallery next year. I'll photograph and load pics of these pieces once I am happy with them. Clay is cream when fired and coloured with slips and acrylic to finish.
    Posted: Tuesday 21 July 2015
  • On their trip to Hawke's Bay visiting their artist suppliers, I was delighted to welcome Kaye and John to my home and studio. They saw me in my studio for the first time, gathered up boxes full of my sculptures, and then treated me to lunch at the Birdwood Gallery in Havelock North. I'm back to the studio now to make 15 little hanging/flying figures for their gallery.
    Posted: Wednesday 22 April 2015
  • My piece, 'Seated boy' sold on opening night of the exhibition at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery on 4 April. The exhibits were every kind of material and only a few were ceramic or glass. I hope to visit the exhibition before it closes on 5 May.
    Posted: Wednesday 22 April 2015
  • Yes, it was a success, please read the story about my open day in the garden which appeared in Hawke's Bay Today Gardening page on 23 January 2015.
    Posted: Thursday 29 January 2015
  • Ten days in a remote valley in the Wairarapa in January, 18 artists gather each year and has done for over 25 years to cast their wax forms into bronze, it isn't just the amazing cost savings of the collaboration, it is the meeting of minds and shared knowledge. There was a diverse range of art forms, many figurative but many quirky and individual forms from this group of mainly Wellington artists. A privilege to be involved.
    Posted: Thursday 29 January 2015
  • Took place on Sunday 7 December on a day of perfect weather. My garden looked perfect and the people came in a steady stream all day. Several other artists displayed their work, paintings by Mary Sullivan, stone and wood sculpture by Marcus Helmore and Di Conway's charming womanly figures. Polly and Beth, GAP students from England had made beautiful Christmas wreaths, bringing a seasonal touch to the event. Lots of work sold.
    Posted: Friday 12 December 2014
  • I am joining the Pueto group again this year and preparing for it by melting the wax to make the initial form. It is driving me to frustration, on five occasions in the last weeks have have spent time in my studio playing with the warm wax. It crumbles, it sticks to my fingers, tools and anything it touches, it won't go into the shape I am planning to make into bronze, I am wondering, is it worth it? Clay is so malleable so obliging and tactile.
    Posted: Friday 12 December 2014
  • 4500 visitors attended over the five days of the exhibition with 70 artists exhibiting. The garden was magnificent and the sculptures were set off to perfection. My 24 dancers were hanging from threads on a topiaried tree - people leaned in to look closely to watch them circle in their dance with the wind.
    Posted: Tuesday 18 November 2014
  • 26 Toop Street, Havelock North on Sunday 7th December between 10-4. My work will be on display and most of it is for sale. Friends will also bring their work and set it up in the garden. Please join us.
    Posted: Tuesday 18 November 2014
  • Wildflower sculpture exhibition opens on Tuesday 4 November. I visited the Round Garden in Rosser Road yesterday, the wildflowers are looking beautiful and already a significant number of sculptures are dotted around the huge garden. This weekend sculptors from all over New Zealand will be setting up their work including me, my 25 white ceramic figures have a great site in three compact trees near the swimming pool it is a lovely sheltered spot close to the action.
    Posted: Thursday 30 October 2014
  • 25 white dancing figures are now suspended from threads in my studio in preparation for the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition in November. They move slightly in the movement of air, so I call them Air Dancers as they look like they are dancing, floating or flying.
    Posted: Friday 10 October 2014
  • The Keirunga Potters birdhouse group meet on Monday next to prepare the installation of terracotta birdhouses which will also be exhibited at the Round Pond Garden where the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition is taking place.
    They look so cute hanging together in a tree.
    Posted: Friday 10 October 2014
  • Having run several 'Likeness in Clay' workshops I realise how much this group of enthusiastic artists (and aspiring artists) contribute so much to the communal knowledge of the group. I have also become more flexible, relaxed about solving problems the work throws up and everyone learns from that openness. Everyone who comes on the workshop brings with them their experience acquired over a lifetime, some may be unsure how to proceed at first but soon allow the process to carry them forward.
    Posted: Monday 22 September 2014
  • Dear Kay,
    Thank you, thank you! I always learn so much at your workshops. The problem is to retain it all! Angela
    Posted: Sunday 21 September 2014

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