Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Hours

24 December 2011 - 04 January 2012

Saturday 24 December open 10 - 4 pm
Closed 25 December 2011 to 3rd January 2012 inclusive
Reopen Wednesday 4 January 2012 , resuming normal hours
(Mon - Fri 10 - 6pm, Saturday 10 - 3)

Janet Green wins award

Janet Green has won the Wairarapa Review with her piece, 'Conversation'. This is a selected exhibition that is open to artists living in the Wairarapa and is the second time she has won it.  You can view the winning piece at the Aratoi Museum in Masterton.

'Conversation' by Janet Green

John Parker Christmas Stock

John has kindly sent us a shipment of his work just in time for Christmas. The red and white is very festive, and perfect as a gift or to display some freshly cut flowers.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bronwynne Cornish - New Stock

We are delighted to have some new 'Niads' from Bronwynne Cornish in stock.  Also look out for some new Owl Jugs in the comming week.  The new Hoot Owl Jugs have now arrived, along with some Nativity Rabbits , that Bronwynne has made especially for the season. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Paul Maseyk - Maquette

Paul Maseyk's show 'Maquette' is the last exhibition for the year.  Paul has given us a fantastic show to see the year out; he has used the "Shelf Show" concept to experiment, and develop a range of small, intriguing  sculptures.  Calling the show "Maquette" indicates an intention to develop larger works from these forms.  These forms are works of art in themselves, exuding a huge amount of character.  The show will be on until the 10th of December.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Emma Camden - The Girl Inside my Head

Today is the last day of our current shelf show, 'The Girl Inside my Head', featuring four beautiful pieces of cast glass by Emma Camden.  These sculptural works are inspired by the memories of a friend, and provided an opportunity for Emma to try some new experimental designs.  

Emma Camden, 'Hollow'
Emma Camden, 'Chaos'

Emma Camden, 'Light '
Emma Camden, 'Flyer'

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Birth, Life and Death: Jeweller Steph Lusted creates miniature masterpieces

An absinthe glass and spoon set, an opium poppy necklace with syringe brooch, and a tagua nut realisation of a da Vinci sketch comprise this fantastic new exhibition by Wellington jeweller Steph Lusted.  In her spare time (Steph is working full time for Weta Workshops) she has created these miniature sculptures, exquisitely carved and presented in museum-like display cases.  See them now in our Jewellery gallery

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fascinating work from visiting French sculptor Vincent Gontier

A very special exhibition for a very short time only, this selection of small "sketches"  are made of compressed newspaper and steel.  Gontier is in New Zealand on an exchange project sponsored by the village of La Tour du Pin, in which he visits New Zealand, and AVID artist Johnny Turner then visits France .  See our website for more images.

While Vincent was at AVID he took this picture of the Saturday team (from left: Anna, Sharon and Dorothy.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Joanna Campbell Cuffs and Brooches

Joanna has sent us some fun new lace embossed cuffs, that are made from anodised aluminium.  Perfect for a summer outing.  Also new from Joanna are some stunning antique lace brooches.  The lace in each brooch  is suspended in a silver ring, giving it strength as well as highlighting its' dellicate nature.

New Richard Parker Work

We have just received thirty new Richard Parker signal dishes and two stunning vases.  Now is the time to come in if you would like to add some fantastic new designs to your collection.

Richard Parker - Signal Dish

Richard Parker - Signal Dish

Richard Parker - Signal Dish

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RED - by John Parker Opening Tonight

RED is opening tonight!   Come in from the rain and meet John in person from 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Andrea Daly - Small Things

Andrea Daly will be having a focus of her latest works in our jewellery space from the 8th to the 22nd of October.  'Small Things' will be a collection of curious brooches featuring Andreas' distinct use of multimedia and iconic references.  The full range is available to view and purchase on our website.

Andrea Daly - Nude with Gun

Andrea Daly - Skull Angel

John Parker - RED

John Parker is next to have a show in our object gallery space.  He will be deviating from his traditional white ceramic forms, to 'non-white'.  The shows' title, RED, is a bit of a clue to what to expect in this exciting exhibition.  Opening night is 11 October, from 5.30 - 7.00pm, where you are welcome to come along and meet John.  The show will be running from the 11th to the 22nd of October, and all of the pieces will be listed on our website as soon as they arrive in the gallery. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Artists at Portage Ceramic Awards

Congratulations to several of our ceramic artists for making it into 2011 Portage Ceramic Awards.  It is a must-see exhibition at Lopdell House in West Auckland.  We wish all the best, and good luck to:
Andy Kingston
John Parker
Sue Scobie
Katherine Smyth
Chris Weaver
Katherine Smyth - 'Pollen'  Vase

Chris Weaver - 'Made to Measure'  Bucket

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Peter McKay - Crossroads

'The Light ' Tablets

Peter McKay currently has a focus of his work entitled 'Crossroads'. In this show, Peter returns to the theme of The Passion, producing three remarkable sets of tablets each set telling its own story.  The show is rounded out by brooches in the style of earlier works, incorporating architectural columns, and three remarkable necklaces of fish.

Fish Necklace

New Work by Christine Cathie

Christine Cathie has some stunning new pieces in the gallery.  From her 'O-Void' collection, they are an evolution from her ribbons, continuing the same simple elegance and bringing a sense of movement to the glass.

O-Void  - Lime

" I want to keep a sense of the lost wax process in my work - some of the initial stages of working with warm flexible wax strips, building them up to alarger form that works with variations in thick and thin. The works of Alexander Calder and Barbara Hepwoth have been an influence with these forms."
- Christine Cathie, 2011

O - Void Red

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lynn Kelly - Souvenirs

Lynn Kelly, Posy - Stg Silver, Rubber


29 August - 10 September 2011

As a borrower and appropriator, in this installation Lynn Kelly uses traditional materials – sterling silver and jet – combining them with non conventional materials and found objects, such as piano keys, synthetic hair, and even an umbrella handle. These works invite the viewer to re-examine the boundaries between historic and contemporary objects and consider what is meant by a ‘colonial influence’.

Lynn Kelly, Fern - Stg Silver, Plastic

Lynn Kelly, Beak - Stg Silver, Hair Clip

Monday, August 22, 2011

Barry Clarke - A Brand New Day

Barry Clarke - Emerald Earrings - 18ct Gold

Barry Clarke - 'Essential symbols for life' ring, 18ct gold

Barry Clarke - Emerald Ring, 18ct gold

Christchurch jeweller, Barry Clarke, currently has a focus of his latest work entitled, A Brand New Day.  Running from the 13 - 27 August, it features an assortment of his beautiful hand-cut stone necklaces and 18ct gold rings and earrings. 

Alice Rose - Still Life

Still Life, 16 - 27 August, is the latest exhibition of works by Dunedin ceramic artist, Alice Rose.

Still-life Painted Objects are 3dimensional painted studies of the domestic vessels that placidly fill our houses as naturally occurring still-life groupings of domestic-ware, often becoming a pictorial part of the background surface. Almost real, these pieces challenge us to take notice before returning to the quietly unobtrusive and ordinary objects that they really are.

There is a connection with the past that surrounds each object, often with nostalgic associations, that goes beyond the simple representation of a domestic form. As a sometimes subconscious awareness of a source of light or situation, our mothers’ china or past eras and the Artists that represented them.

I view still-life studies by Artists as if I am standing in their studio looking at the original collection of objects. I take these pieces out of the painting and make them into 3dimensional objects again, in the painter’s style. This gives me an insight into their technique and a connection with the original setting.

It has been a concern for me that Pottery has not always been accepted as a ‘Fine Art’ and is usually relegated to the more homely status of ‘Craft’. My family background and employment in the Arts, has given me an opportunity to have a foot in both camps. I like to think that by representing my pottery through the medium and presentation usually exclusive to ‘high Art’ I have blurred the line that often separates them.

Alice Rose
Dunedin, 2011

Alice Rose - Dali's Cubist Fruit Bowl

Alice Rose - Seurart's Vase of Flowers

Alice Rose - Butter Dish after Lichtenstein

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

John Lawrence at HCAG

'Sun ' ceramic sculpture
 A selection of works by  John Lawrence  is currently on show at the Hastings City Art Gallery.  Uncommon Ground draws on work from the last ten years of Lawrence's career, and "showcases his expertise in paper clay and the development of a unique ceramic aesthetic" (Kathy Purchas, 2011).  The exhibition is on until the 24th October  2011, and provides a fascinating insight into a pioneering ceramic artist.

'Fold ' ceramic dish