Our work is on display and for sale at Burt Street Gallery, open every Saturday 10am-4pm.
I normally work with porcelain, but I used stone ware this time. I like simple forms and colours. I like this technique I used for these pieces. It’s called ‘Agateware’.
Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family.
Called the Earth rainbow, the concentric bands of Agate form in nearly every colour the earth can produce, including a colourless form.
In these pieces, two colours of clay creates natural pattern as I throw and gives natural movement and flow.
My passion for art and design is reflected in her my multi disciplinary background in product, furniture, lighting and graphic design. Irene expands my creative boundaries through the use of incorporating multi disciplinary art and design practices with different material mediums with particular exploration in ceramics. My recent project involved plant installations and terrariums which her porcelain vessels are a new edition of planter pots.
Over the years I have enjoyed working with different clays to create a variety of textured forms that look good in the garden
The works are fired once at a very high temperature.
Penni Jongen Sutton
Using architectural drawing conventions daily as an interior designer, when faced with the theme of 'scale' i naturally identified with contrast in scale of form as a reference point for the functionality of the 'object' and a play on the architectural theme of 'less is more'.
Where the 'object' is concerned the greater the scale the greater the number of individual components that represent the whole. This is often how we as human beings join together to form a larger cooperative scale and therefor achieve greater things.
I hand make ceramic bowls, platters, cups and Japanese tea bowls (Unomi) using a variety of techniques, including throwing on the wheel and slab building.
I then use a selection of glazes to produce dreamy layers of colour which drift over my work to look like cloudy skies, or mossy gardens. I also carve back into my pieces to add a textural dimension, which then allows the glazes to ripple and transform as they move across the altered surfaces of the piece.
I also make complex carved sgraffito bowls, platters and cups where I use coloured underglazes as a ground for carving designs. I have also started using a looser style which invokes the lino printing process.
I love the idea that my work can become a thing of beauty in someone's daily life.
Tracey-Lee van den Bergh
I believe that we need to allow creativity to take a path in everything we do, not constrained but free.
To create something from nothing and share that statement of joy in itself is an inspiration for society and the artist.
The whale is not confined like land dwelling creatures, it is free in a three dimensional oceanic world filled with unending colour, peace and harmony. Grace, beauty and magnificence is the epicentre of this humble creature, from which we can learn so much.
I escape from my work as an engineer into the world of clay, which provides a welcome contrast to my rational profession. Art is the therapy that we all need, it provides us with an escape from our often materialistic lives. I make mostly sculptures of the human form and I am influenced by my African roots and artists such as Modigliani. I work only with earthenware and have an ongoing fascination with primitive firing techniques. All my work is hand-made. The "feel" of the clay is important to me because I massage clay into form to create something which hopefully touches the observer enough to evoke a response.
I enjoy working with various clays and experimenting with texture.
This form has been wrapped to create the impression of something found in a seascape. I fire my work to a high temperature.