and More artists studios, Artisans in the Gardens 2014

The lovely ceramics of Katherine Mahoney and her group of functional porcelain and stoneware ceramic ware, ‘Flora Impressions’ created in her studio at home, at the bottom of the garden. Bowls, platters and vases are thrown and then impressed using materials gathered directly from the Botanical gardens, and glazes created to reflect the palette of a watercolourist. The ceramics are “inspired by the beautiful native seedpods and leaves that are bountiful in Australia”.

 

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Harriet Schwarzrock’s studio where she created work for Artisans in the Gardens using tinted blown glass and stainless steel. The sculptural glass blown forms, vases and tumblers, “speak of organic growth and transpiration cycles”, predominantly organically inspired “I am often drawn to the delicious form of the spiral”, “and seek to express a rhythm and cadence between individual, yet sympathetic forms”.

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Bev Hogg’s studio a converted garage, overlooking her front and back garden, created a collaborative work with Marianne Courtney, ‘Groundwork 1’. Using assembled cut and stacked eucalyptus sticks, taking essential elements of garden or bush land “and translating them into a semi-ritualistic meditative work that speaks of growth, wholeness, and also vulnerability.” The outdoor sculpture will weather over time reflecting the “natural cycles of birth, ageing, change and decay”.

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Marguerite Derricourt’s studio where she created  ‘Travelling Light 11’ using moulded Japanese papers. These sculptural wall pieces of moths, in particular the migratory patterns of Bogong moths, are made from moulded Japanese papers and laser cut powder-coated steel. The works speak of the moth’s nocturnal habits and self-destructive behaviour, a poetic and symbolic universal theme within

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Jan Howlin’s studio where she has created the work ‘Family Tree’ using ceramic, glazes and underglaze. “As a maker of sculptural works, I try to create forms that embody meaning; objects that suggest ideas”, “I am drawn to universal issues such as human relationships, foibles and experiences along with sustainability, the natural environment and the contemporary world”.

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Artist studio visits with Artisans in the Gardens

Along with the Artisan in the Garden committee we have made several visits to artists studios that are exhibiting in this years Artisans in the Gardens at the Botanical gardens, Sydney, from 1th – 19th of October 2014. I have been posting these studios daily on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Here is a snap shot of some of the great spaces and work.

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Denise McDonald works in stoneware and cool ice porcelain, and creates her own glaze producing a range of functional tableware ceramics, ‘The Flannel Flower Range”. The bowls, jugs and vases are soft-slab and wheel formed featuring a vintage flannel flower design. The design is taken directly from her immediate environment in her home and studio, a source of inspiration and part of her family for three generations. “the range speaks of our relationship to our native flora and our use of decorative motifs of great longevity”.

 

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Dimity Kidston creates tapestry using wool, cotton and linen. The shapes and textures of the seeds, pods and flowers of the Botanical Gardens inspire a series of woven tapestries, printed aluminium and ceramic plates.

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Geoff Harvey is both a painter and sculptor, creating ‘The Garden Dogs’ series using laser cut steel and found objects which frolic in the garden. His extensive studio has built up a collection of  found materials that is a source of inspiration for many of his works.

 

Artisans in the Gardens 2014, I am on the committee and currently posting updates

I am on the committee for Artisans in the Gardens for 2014. Having previously exhibited three times in the exhibition which is held annually at the Lion Gate Lodge, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney, I thought it could be a good experience to be involved in the other side, part of the team organising the show! I have been posting daily on Instagram and Facebook each of the 50 artists exhibiting, and will then post images of several of the artists studios to give an idea of their art practice and inspirations.

Have a look on our Facebook page artisansinthegardens2014 and Instagram, #artisansinthegardens2014 also the Royal Botanical Gardens website

https://www.facebook.com/artisansinthegardens2014

http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/support/foundationandfriends/events/friends_events/artisans_in_the_gardens

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(Images, Mollie Bosworth, Braidwood Central School, Fiona Budzynski, Helen Earl, Yoko Fujita, Bev Hogg & Marianne Courtney, Dimity Kidston, Katherine Mahoney, Shan Shan Mok)

“Artisans in the Gardens exhibition 11-19 Oct 2014 brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans, artwork inspired by nature”. “The popular Artisans in the Gardens exhibition will return for its fourteenth year in 2014. Held in the iconic Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, the exhibition showcases the work of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and craftspeople along with Indigenous Australian artists. The exhibition features the works of artists from around Australia including emerging and established contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, weavers and sculptors. Presented by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Artisans brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans whose inspiration for their outstanding work is drawn from the beauty and complexity of nature. All work is for sale and proceeds support the work of the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.” When: Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 October, 10 am-4 pm Where: Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Cost: Free Entry

SELECTED ARTISANS IN THE GARDENS ARTISTS 2014

Peter Anderson
Terry Baker
Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins
Julie Bartholomew
Gen Barratt
Thor Beowulf
Senden Blackwood
Mollie Bosworth
Braidwood Central School
Fiona Budzynski
Giselle Courtney
Steve Croquett
Linda Davy
Marguerite Derricourt
Helen Earl
Yuko Fujita
Elod Gunther
Geoff Harvey
Bev Hogg and Marianne Courtenay
Sarah Vane Howell
Jan Howlin
Dimity Kidston
Gayl Leake
Alison Littlemore
LoveHate
Katherine Mahoney
Nikki Main
Jen Mallinson
Fiona Martin
Denise McDonald
Lucy McEachern
Helen Mok
Shan Shan Mok
Marisa Molin
Clare Nicholson
Kevin Norton
Chris Polglase
Aleida Pullar
Richard Raffan
Adam Rish
Julie Ryder
Harriet Schwarzrock
Emily Snadden
Doffy White
Jacek Wankowski
Morgan Shimeld
Jan Shaw
Ella Szpindler
Wendy Thurgate
Ralph Tikerpae
Judy Warne