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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‘Strange Pockets’, ceramic sculptures by Bev Hogg

A really interesting recent exhibition was by the wonderful Canberra based artist, Bev Hogg. The show titled ‘Strange Pockets, turf wars: wild life at the urban fringe’ was exhibited at Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, Sydney.


“Over the past twenty years Bev Hogg’s figurative sculptures have developed as a social commentary bringing together cultural, political and environmental issues that we face today, on a local and global level. They examine the intricate relationships and interconnection between people, animals and their environment – whether natural or built. Operating in the space between understanding and imagining, these narratives encapsulate the emotional and psychological attachment to place.” (Quote from Craft ACT web site)

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This exhibition explores the urban edges. Edges which expand into the bushland which surrounds Canberra, the bush capital of Australia. A shared landscape of shared borders, between wildlife and the suburbs. This is a space that is not fixed but an inter exchange between humans and species, featuring the kangaroo and native and introduced birdlife. Bev is interested how we can live in partnership with flora and fauna, not as a dominate force, but how to bring compassion and practical applications to environmental issues affecting all native animals slowly loosing their native habitat. Each animal or bird is treated as an individual. For this exhibition Bev has looked at eighteenth century naturalistic interpretations of a strange new land, where for example a kangaroo was a totally new species, and acknowledging that now some of these species have now been lost.

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Circular disks diplay birdlife that can live alongside humans, (on the left) ‘Adaptables’, the Thornbill, Currawong, Kookaburras, Wattle birds, Noisy Miners, Budgerigars, Blue Wrens etc, and on the right, vulnerable species in danger of extinction, the ‘Vunerables’  the small finches and larger birds.


Bev gave a great talk, and looked as striking as her art work!