I am so very proud to announce that you can now buy my candy bowls online at the brand spanking new artisandgrove.com
Angela who has set up the store is fantastic and has done an amazing job of finding beautiful pieces from around the world. There are so many things I want to buy myself!
Check it out and support designer makers worldwide!
I am half of a design collective called the Ministry of Art + Design (aka MoAD). MoAD is upping the ante this year – we are set to host NZ’s inaugural Art + Design Week, which will showcase the exceptional talents of NZ’s emerging and established artists + design brands.
Aroha Lewin and I started MoAD in 2008 to develop a deign community that would grow together by hosting annual showcases of the Artists and Designers in our collective. Below is a body of work that Aroha and I have been working collaboratively on called ‘Alice In Wonderland’.
Please visit our website to find out more about our collective and upcoming events: http://www.moad.co.nz
Woohoo I have a new product!
The Candy Bowls come in two sizes: soup/salad and dipping. They are available in all the tasty colours that the Bambina Vessels come in: strawberry, mint, lemon, dusk, lavender and grey. Colour is available on the outside or inside so you can mix and match whatever colours you like. A glossy clear glaze is applied to the bisqued surface to make them foodsafe.
They will be available to buy through my Etsy shop very soon, I will keep you posted!
For more images go to the BOWLS page.
I have been in my studio testing some new clays for the production of my lighting designs. I have tried two different porcelains, and two different pure white slips. The results have been interesting, the varied light qualities that come from one clay to another are quite dramatic. Now its just a matter of deciding which one to run with!
The bases of my lights have changed too. Until now, the bases have been made from cast clear Resin. Resin is great in lots of ways for its ability to glow and the amazing colours you can make, but the bottom line is that it is incredibly toxic, and once cast there is no going back. Unlike other plastics, Resin is a thermoplastic, which means that it can not be melted down and re-cast, making it not very environmentally friendly.
Step by step I want to make my designs more and more eco-friendly, so I have decided to make new light bases from recycled timber floorboards. I have been getting off-cuts from demo yards and getting it turned by a local wood turner. The first run that I have made is New Zealand Matai, which I have sanded and waxed. They are gorgeous, and compliment the unglazed white ceramic shade.
Below is my latest light which I have been working on for an upcoming Modern Art auction at Webbs Auction House in Newmarket. The pattern is made up of multiple pierced Kowhai flowers. The flowers have a beautiful golden glow when lit, just like the colour they are in nature.
Kowhai is a one off design and can be viewed at Webbs Auction house, Manukau Rd Newmarket from the 22nd October.
These vases really are the ultimate in Popkraft!
I enjoy the free process of making the Pollock vases, and the unique characteristics each one displays. I use the same pastel colours of my Bambina vessels in combination with black and white. The splattering is layered with colours randomly, producing entirely one-off patterns each time.
These three vases will be auctioned in the Webbs Contemporary Art, Modern Design auction on the 22nd October, along with a set of Bambina vessels and Kowhai light.
These Zebra Vases were made for the Mazda Artworks Exhibition at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland.
The technique I have use to create the pattern is by double pouring the slip and carving through the grey to reveal the white. Each of the Zebra Vases are made in the same way, but because each is hand carved, no two pattern is identical.
Like all of my other work, the Zebra Vases are unglazed, sanded and buffed. This means that I can halve the amount of firing time needed, saving energy and being that much more friendly on the environment.
These vases are the same size as the Pollock vases, but left completely untouched. I sand and buff the unglazed surface until smooth.
Single stem flowers look incredible in them, these orchids are sitting in the same little sealed tube of water that they came in from the florist.
The Globe Vases are simple and elegant. They have a feeling of calm and tranquility like Japanese ceramic design.
These vases will soon be available to purchase through my etsy store http://www.popkraft.etsy.co