Sculpture blog

  • With two full workshops in September and October, a repeat of the Head workshop is scheduled for 16-17 November (see Workshops page). This workshop is also in high demand but please contact Kay if you want to attend, there may be a cancellation.
    Posted: Monday 28 October 2013
  • This workshop on 19-20 October is also being held at Keirunga Homestead and focuses on modelling a life-sized human head. Participants from the Clay Bodies workshop in September are keen to attend this workshop as well having made some beautiful figure sculptures which are currently drying in preparation for firing. Contact Kay to enquire about a place. 06 8771182
    Posted: Sunday 22 September 2013
  • The Clay Bodies workshop happened this weekend and some beautiful figures were produced by the 11 participants who attended. I'm now gearing up for the next one 'Forming the human head' when the group will be working on life-sized heads on the 19-20 October. Venue is the Keirunga Gardens homestead, such a beautiful venue for something like this.
    Posted: Monday 16 September 2013
  • I am hosting a workshop in Havelock North 14 & 15 September, two days devoted to shaping a sculptural form. No more than 10 people, still have a few places left, contact me if you want to know more.
    Posted: Friday 30 August 2013
  • 7-11 August at the Cloud on Princes Wharf. Very vibrant and an interesting experience with many of the Dealer galleries promoting their artists' work. I went to try to get a handle on how dealer galleries operate compared to the commercial galleries that I deal with.
    Posted: Tuesday 13 August 2013
  • This is a gallery and cafe worth visiting and great to break the journey to Auckland, go through the mainstreet of Cambridge, over the bridge on the Waikato River and take the road towards TeAwamutu. Turn right at Kaipaki Road,great food and a lovely collection of art, paintings and ceramics mostly. Mine too of course.
    Posted: Tuesday 13 August 2013
  • This week I have made four forms of a size that fits into the hand. Using a handful of paper clay I push and prod the clay into a smooth pod-shape human form, pushing the limbs into shape, incising the folded legs and arms around the body, extending a slender neck and an expressive turn to a fine head shape. I smooth the surface with the pads of my fingers, then take a wire to cut the form in half in order to hollow it out then reseal the cut.
    Posted: Saturday 27 July 2013
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday organised by Hastings City Art Gallery and ideaschool at EIT, this was for artists to share knowledge, encourage collegiality, try new ways of sustaining our work. Sessions were very useful, best effect is the nudge factor, prodding us into new ways of promoting ourselves and collaborating. Many thanks to all involved.
    Posted: Sunday 14 July 2013
  • Back in the studio
    At last, back into playing with clay. Three new figures now drying on the shelf, a stylised reclining nude and 2 similarly posed but different building methods.
    Posted: Monday 8 July 2013
  • I have just returned from a trip to Auckland and Cambridge to deliver my ceramic figures. They are in Art by the Sea, Devonport, The Garden Art Studio, Cambridge and The Parnell Gallery. Next month I will deliver to The Poi Room in Newmarket.
    Posted: Thursday 27 June 2013
  • A+E gallery (formerly Statements) displays my work and Anneke Bennett, the gallery's new owner is selling my bronze finish figures.

    The Auaha gallery at the Hastings City Art Gallery also holds a collection of my figures.
    Posted: Thursday 27 June 2013
  • A series of high energy poses of dancing forms when displayed and lit create beautiful shadows. They are white crackle glazed and will come out of the kiln today.... fingers crossed.
    Posted: Friday 7 June 2013
  • My figures go travelling
    Recently, I drove up to Auckland with a sample collection of my wall dancers and the free standing figures. Whilst I have work in galleries in Hawke's Bay (A+E Gallery formerly Statements, Auaha Hastings)I haven't taken them further afield.

    My production has grown and so need more gallery exposure. I visited several and they all wanted my work! So, I'm very hard at work in my studio making new work.
    Posted: Thursday 30 May 2013
  • My pleasure and passion in making clay sculpture is the forming of figures that tell their own story. However, when working with clay the pieces are finished by adding a surface; be it colour, texture or glaze.

    So, this is how I have been spending my time recently, doing tests with clay slip which is coloured by ceramic stains or oxides, applied on to smooth or
    Posted: Thursday 25 April 2013
  • Creative Hastings Artists' challenge
    Couches, Corsents and Carpentry Tools is the challenge for 2013. This is a piece made yesterday.
    Posted: Thursday 25 April 2013

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