Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gift Guide - Gents

That special Gentleman in your life can sometimes be a wee bit tricky to buy for, here are some items to suit every taste and budget.

Rainer Beneke - Silver Cufflinks

Barry Clarke - Cufflinks

Paul Mason - Crucible

John Edgar - Banded Stone

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Layla Walter - Solo Exhibition in the States

Glass caster Layla Walter has just opened her forth solo exhibition at America’s top glass venue, William Traver Gallery.
"The show is a harvest from my work over the last 15 years. Including the woven series, flower and bird works in glass. It is also a reflection of living in my home, with the garden at a point of fruition, full of fruiting plants and trees. On the eve of becoming a mother it is wonderful to be at a point of nourishment and collection. Much of the detail in the work is drawn from the garden, including black fig and chrysanthemums”.
Also, just in time for Christmas Layla has sent us a couple of her amazing bowls, the 'Black Robin'and the 'Woven Bowl'.
Layla Walter - (L) Open Bowl -Woven Interior  (R) Black Robin

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Steph Lusted - One Dark Night

Steph Lusted's jewellery focus, One Dark Night, opens this Saturday.  Working hard on the Hobbit film, Steph has graciously found time to put together an amazing set of pieces for the show, and will be at the gallery from 11am - 1pm this Saturday to discuss her work.

Emma Camden in World Sculpture News

The Spring 2010 issue of 'World Sculpture News' has an article discussing Emma Camden's work at 'Koru Contemporary' in Hong Kong.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Museum of True History

(attributed) Lapita pot from the Museum of True History
Students of archaeology, ceramics and ceramic conservators will be interested in this (attributed) Lapita pot, in a collection of recent acquisitions of the Museum of True History at Objectspace in Auckland.  The exhibition, curated by Karl Chitham runs until December 18th 2010.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Janet Green's Persons of Interest visit the Far North

"Persons of Interest", ceramic heads by Janet Green
AVID ceramicist Janet Green's work "Persons of Interest" has been selected for a show now on at the Whangarei Arts Museum.  "Credo and Quest - A Selective Survey of Religion and Spirituality in New Zealand Art" is curated by Scott Pothan, and includes works by many of NZ's well known artists, including Colin McCahon, Charles F Goldie and Max Gimblett.

Other artists in the exhibition include Ralph Hotere, Edward Bullmore, Buck Nin, Sandy Adsett, Alexis Hunter, Darcy Nicholas, Star Gossage, Julia Morrison, Anna Starr, Matt Couper, Prakash Patel, Anne Nobel, Shigeyuki Kihara, Margaret Thompson, May Smith, Jeffery Harris, Nigel Brown, Tony Lane, Garth Tapper, David Sarich, Shariar Asdollah-Zadeh, John Reynolds and Jin Ling.

Also see the NZ House and Garden article about Janet Green

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christine Thacker exhibition now on

A fabulous exhibition of these very desirable handcoiled and painted earthenware jugs, vases and tiles is on now.  Christine features in the new Lark book "Masters of Earthenware", recently published in the USA.  Collectors of this artist's work and lovers of hand painted ceramic art will want to view these pieces quickly.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

John Parker receives Arts Foundation Laureate Award

Congratulations to ceramicist John Parker on his Arts Foundation Laureate Award which was announced in Dunedin last night.  John is one of five laureates, each of whom received a cheque for $50,000, and a statuette by sculptor Terry Stringer.

See more about John Parker, and pictures of his work on our website

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Alice Rose Mirage Vases.

Alice Rose has sent up a fresh batch of her ever popular 'Mirage Vases'.  These slipcast ceramic vases are hand decorated and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. To see more of her vases in store click here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Work from Dorthe Kristensen

We have now have in store some fabulous new pieces from Wellington jeweller, Dorthe Kristensen.
Come in store or look on our website to view the full range.

22ct gold ring with 5 cabichon sapphires - click here for more details

22ct gold ring with 1 raw diamond and 1 cut diamond - click here for more details

22ct gold wedding band - click here for more details

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Claudia Borella at Bowen House

Glass artist Claudia Borella, is part of a Whanganui Artists show  which is currently on at the newly refurbished gallery at Bowen House. Organised by the Whanganui MP, Chester Borrows, the show hopes to highlight the outstanding quality of art that is emerging from Whanganui, and expose the artists to the varied crowds that pass through Parliament.    The exhibition is open 9am til 5pm weekdays until November 12.

For more details on Claudia's 'Boat Form - Transference 18' click here.

Claudia Borella's 'Boat form - Transference 18' on show at Bowen House

Stephen Bradbourne vase to enter Wallace collection

Stephen Bradbourne's 'Black Mosaic' vase has been aquired by James Wallace and is to enter into his prestigious collection. Mr Wallace is one of the most prolific collecters of  New Zealand art and this will be the second piece of Stephens in his collection.

To see more of Stephens work available at AVID click here.
To read more about James Wallace and his collection click here.

Stephen Bradbourne's Black Mosaic Vase

Glass blowing - Stephen Bradbourne blows a murrine glass vase

Katherine Smyth - Opening Night

Katherine's opening night of  'dot dot dot...' was a great success, with a large gathering of people coming to admire her amazing collection of vessels.  The show is on until the 30th if October, so come along and see this unique ceramic up close!
View of Installation

View of Installation

View of Installation

Opening Night

Monday, October 18, 2010

Penelope Barnhill in the latest House & Garden

The lovely Penelope Barnhill is featured in the latest NZ House & Garden where she discusses her inspirations and processes. You can read the article in full here and see Penelope's work available at AVID here.
Image of Penelope from House & Garden
Penelope Barnhill Ring - Pink Tourmaline, Stg Silver, 18ct & 22ct Gold

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Parker and Parker at the Suter Gallery

John Parker (Image from the Suter Gallery)

Today is the last day to see the successful West East exhibition at the Suter Gallery in Nelson, where two of our artists, Richard Parker and John Parker, had pieces as part of the show.
Richard Parker (Image from the Suter Gallery)

Kobi Bosshard - Focus on Now

A focus of  Kobi Bosshard's jewellery is currently on from the 16th - 30th October. Also look out for a write up about Kobi in the latest Life and Leisure Magazine.

Katherine Smyth - Exhibition Opening

Wellington ceramics artist, Katherine Smyth has a new exhibition opening on the 19th October entitled 'dot dot dot...''.   In the collection of new ceramic vases, Katherine continues her explorations of surface colour and texture on her simple yet strong handbuilt forms. The exhibition will be running through to the 30th of October.