Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Commission - Abbey Museum 'Roman Dig' Pottery

Making progress with the Roman 'Dig' pottery.
Amphora and assorted 'Samian ware' bowls

The weather being overcast and the occassional shower has delayed the drying process somewhat, but atleast it has given me time to move from one project to another while waiting for things to dry.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Commission - Abbey Museum

What's 'on the go' in the studio, now....

Recently I've been asked to do another commission for the Abbey Museum, they house educational programs for school children on history and re-create archaeological 'dig' sites where the kids have 'hands-on' unearthing pottery of that time. To date I have made pottery for their Eygptian and Neolithic digs.

This time the commission is for a 'Roman dig' pottery... the deadline is approaching fast atleast I have made a start on it!

Roman oil lamps

"Razor's Edge"

Since my exhibition at Maleny Artworks I've been flat out in the studio. On opening night I decided (and at the last minute) to enter into Ken's next, now current Exhibition "Mapping the Range" (9th Dec - 30th Dec 09) giving me only three weeks to come up with new work, seeking the next challenge...as I do! 

"A Road Well Travelled"

The concept behind Mapping the Range is to purchase a grid on the map, explore this area and create works based on your research. My segment on the 'grid' is the windy road that leads down to Palmwoods from the top of Montville, with that beautiful treasure trove of rusty metal, sitting proudly atop - Hooper's Engineering!!!! What a feast! Pure serendipity really.


While exploring the area notable erosion spoke to me the most, eroded soil banks and exposed tree roots, the man-made rubble in the repair of landslides, re-vegetation with trees covered with bright pink protective tree guards...


Then last but not least to explore Hooper's Engineering...like leaving the best chocolate till last!!! On introducing myself, I was given a guided tour from Mr Jim Hooper himself. He shared stories of how he began, how much land he owned, what machinery does what and how old it was...over 50 years history in one shed (well several actually!). I was in total awe, in my mind, an icon in our very midst. "What can I then, do for you?"said Jim.... no guessing my answer "visual - head down boots up in skip bin!"

'Flourish' was the first to evolve, couldn't help notice years upon years of metal shavings underfoot while on my guided tour, and was picking up to put in my pocket, lol....
'Flourish' in the making
Also, I heard this area was once called Razor Back, wow, what a name! Razor's Edge instantaneously came to me, yep! that's the name of this piece...

"Razor's Edge"

Artist statement: 'Razor's Edge' 

"My judgements prevent me from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances" - Wayne.W.Dyer
This piece resonates with the strength of metal - like the company for which it stands. 'Hoopers Engineering' has stood solidly atop the steep slopes of the Blackall Range for more than 50years, supplying farm machinery both locally and overseas; still strong in tough economic times.
Geometric shapes mimic the machinery for which the metal was discarded; positive and negative forces powerfully unite like the spaces in the work. The sharp angles of the mountains climb down to a spiral buoyancy of ocean, in a work that plays with the idea of the useful and the used.
A thread of hope, like the exposed tree roots of Razor's Edge, clings tenaciously to what is left behind, merging the past with the future.

Unearthed & Discarded - Exhibition

Well better get this blog underway!!

My exhibition "Unearthed" & "Discarded" was a great success! The positive feedback I received, especially the response to my "Discarded" works was wonderful.
The exhibition showcased two bodies of work "Unearthed" my ancient Minoan influenced vessels, and my more contemporary "Discarded" works.

This was the first time I've exhibited my "Discarded" works to the public and to be honest I was a little reluctant to do so as they are the rawest forms closest to my inner crust! Knowing they've come from a tender place within and exhibiting them to the mercy of 'opinions of others' can make one feel somewhat vulnerable. However, with an unexpected and overwhelmingly positive response, I am reassured I am on the right path!

Friday, November 20, 2009


Please accept this warm invitation to my solo exhibition Unearthed ... a series of contemporary clay vessels and mixed media sculptures.

Meet and greet the artist on …Saturday 21 November from 5pm - upstairs 50 Maple Street, Maleny Qld.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery to view my exhibition, however, If you are unable to attend opening night, the exhibition will run from 18 November to 09 December 2009.