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Festive Season 2016

Ideas, Stories & Inspiration from Piece Gallery Artists.


ALISON BLAIN JEWELLERY Tones of blue - the colour of the sky and sea, a colour considered beneficial to the mind and body. Blue appears different in different light - reflects with more intensity in glass than ceramic, and glows in cool calmness in the stones of stunning jewellery pieces, as seen above. GARRY NASH CRUSHED GLASS VESSEL



Anne learnt her craft as an expatriate of New Zealand while living about 22 carat or more in a medium. The medium fires away leaving the gold on the glaze. The gold is fired to 700 Celsius. Each in Dubai, going on to teach at the Dubai International Art Centre. stage of the process involves attrition, successes and failures.? On her return to New Zealand, Anne furthered her practice by studying towards a Diploma in Ceramics developing her skill level while learning from many experienced potters. On another overseas adventure, this time to Sydney, Anne studied at the National Art School where she undertook a Masters in Fine Arts. This study confirmed for Anne that ceramics is a mode of expression worthy of a place in the art world and developed an interest in the value of the vessel as a metaphor or vehicle for meaning. Anne liked to consider the vessel and how it sits with inguistic concepts and philosophical theory, at the same time as enjoying the tacit enjoyment of working with clay. One of Anne?s favourite references is from Rose Slivka who states that the object is the poet. Anne firmly believes that a good object can sing, speak or give rise to the narrative, ideas and concepts. The vessel is an abstract form in that it is a skin for nothing with a limitless potential to express meaning. Vessels are an integral part of our existence from the womb, breast, cup to coffin and as such need our respect and reverence. Of her technique Anne says: ?My blue vessels are slip cast porcelain. I pour porcelain slip, liquid clay into a mould and let it soak in irregularly. This is then trimmed and dried. Then bisque fired to 900 celsius. This ware is then painted expressively with copper oxide and glazed over this the glaze and copper combine to create the blues and greens. This is fired to 1170 to 1200 Celsius. I then freely paint a gold lustre on the glaze. The lustre is pure gold


Sue Scobie primarily takes her inspiration from the world around her - the colours, forms, sounds and textures of the land, sea and bush are limitless in the way she sees the world. Her work aims to capture the essence of our wild places and is intended for quiet contemplation in a world which is far too busy. She loves the tactile nature of unglazed surfaces and the subtlety of finishes which can be achieved without glaze. All her work is hand-formed by pinching and coiling using combinations of porcelain and stoneware clays with the silky, translucent porcelain contrasting with the rough, gritty stoneware. We at Piece love Sue's work. It is connected, earthy and exteremely tactile.


Jamie Adamson?s strong interest in working with wood began during his early years when he loved to join his grandfather in his workshop, where they would spend time using tools and machinery to fix and create things. After leaving school Jamie completed his apprenticeship in the boat-building trade. This gave him experience working with timber, steel and fibreglass materials. Through boatbuilding Jamie learned patience and the ability to craft a concept into a product that looks aesthetically pleasing.. For Jamie, wood is a natural pleasure to work with. He enjoys the physicality of the forms he creates, emulating natural shapes, flowing lines and working with the organic nature of the material.


RACHEL MURPHY ?For as long as I can remember, I painted and created art. Not only is it an important part of my life but is truly who I am, all my creations are a part of me.? Rachel Murphy was born in Christchurch but moved when she was a child to Holland with her family for a couple of years, arriving back in NZ to Auckland, Rachel grew up in the idyllic Titirangi - Waitakere Ranges of Auckland. As a young adult Rachel lived for a time in Sydney, Australia and then Scotland, she still feels a strong connection to the land, architecture and people of Scotland. Mostly self taught, Rachel works predominantly in porcelain slip casting, using plaster moulds and slip (essentially a watery clay). Whilst studying a Bachelor of Design, she learned the basic technique of Slip casting from Jo Nuttall - Glass casting Artist in Auckland. Much of Rachel?s skills have been developed over time, through successes and failures and in the case of Gilding, many years of practice. After 15 years Designing furniture and interiors, with the creation of art as a hobby, it was not until 2012 that Rachel decided to concentrate on ceramics and then in 2014 become a full time artist. Her work is therefore influenced by her design background, with an emphasis on form and texture. Rachel considers herself a student of nature and is constantly in awe of the subtleties and extremes of land, sea and air. Her creative process often begins with observations on a walk in the bush or on rugged west coast beaches.

"Rachel is one of the most exciting ceramic artists to come through in a while - I find her work representative of modern New Zealand - delicate , strong and precious all at once", Clare Mora, Piece Gallery.

Suzan Lee's journey in glass started when she took a year off Art School and did a short course in glass casting. "On completion of my studies, I found I was still drawn to the beguiling nature of glass and have been working in the last four years predominately in the lost wax, kiln casting method using glass manufactured locally. Albeit a challenging process, I find it totally fascinating and captivating." Suzan currently works as a full-time artist, based on Auckland's North Shore., working out of a studio with other cast glass artists, making, sculpting, learning and creating. An artist's dream.

View Suzan's charming and beautiful Cast Glass Birds online here.

The wonderful John Parker is visiting.... Coming off the back of a highly successful exhibition at Te Uru and celebrating 50 years as one of New Zealand?s most celebrated ceramic artists, we are bringing John Parker to Matakana for an exhibit and artist talk. Parker is well-known for his clean shapes, his grooved vessels and sculptural, rugged glazes that will be available in a variety of colours. This will provide a variation to the modernist colours and glazes he generally works with. Parker will talk about his choice of colours, his influences and impressions from Bauhaus architecture, and his ?other life?as a Theatre set designer.

Sat urday, December 10t h., 2-4pm Other treats will be available on the day, along with bubbles and stunning company!

Taking stunningly prepared "lolly-like" pieces of glass, the Murrini Technique requires the initial skill set to make intricate, delicate glass cane, then work them into blown glass vessels. Highly complex, and highly decorative.

?Glass is a unique medium because it can colour, shape, bend and reflect light. In it's purest form as clear glass it is invisible, seen only by its effect on the light that passes through it. I am intrigued by the limitless possibilities with colour and pattern that are possible using Murrine ( slices of coloured glass). The process of consciously composing complex and intricate tessellating patterns in two dimensions, before expanding these into a three dimensional blown form is breathtaking and exhilarating at the same time. I like the analogy with music: the spectrum is like an octave, and colours are like musical notes. When consciously arranged in a

harmonious composition, beautiful music for the eyes can arise in glass via the interplay of light with pattern, colour and form. The impetus behind my work is the joy I derive in creating new and unique pieces as I explore this infinite area. My work is a documentation of my exploration of glass as well as my attempt to make beautiful music along the way.? We have a few, stunning pieces by Michael at Piece at the moment. They are all so striking, that it is very difficult to decide which one is the winning beauty. Thank you to Michael for providing us with such a visual feast.

Miraculous, marvelous glass... by Michael Waysmith


MERILYN WISEMAN VESSELS For Marilyn Wiseman, new ideas grow out of past work and from the exploration of ceramic materials.. The unique structural and textural qualities of these materials, in combination, are infinite and for me remain a constant source of fascination. Merilyn Wiseman is a well established ceramicist who has exhibited and lectured widely throughout New Zealand. Following a Preliminary Diploma at Elam School of Art in 1959, Merilyn continued her studies at Goldsmiths School of Art, University of London, and graduated in 1963 with a National Diploma of Design specialising in painting. Holiday work in a country pottery in Ireland prompted her to return to New Zealand where she has been a full-time professional ceramicist since 1976.

The iron man, the mailbox artist, different or try and find a new the elephant man, the chicken man, direction, just to keep ideas and the roof man, the walking artist, the the ways of working ticking over. I?ll make things, then treat the lace artist, the corrugated artist? .Jeff Thomson has been called surface by burning them in a fire many things over 20 years practice to patinate them. A lot of my as a sculptor, but he?s forever ahead concerns are still very painterly in of the pigeonholes. With seemingly that respect. I use other people?s colour more like a collage. Often in relentless energy, Jeff works at finding new ways of doing things, his my studio I?ll have hundreds of chosen materials often suggesting sheets of iron all different colours. I?ll lay them out like a lithographer uncharted territory to develop within. No matter the physical form it would stones. I call it a library of manifests itself in, his work always iron. I can pick and choose as I need.? causes great public interest - be popular or controversial. The materials used might amuse or the unique DIY techniques cause talk, but it?s the freshness of the ideas that betray Jeff as both a rigorous and sophisticated artist. ?I grind it, I curve it, I stack it, I cut it, I print onto it, I even chop the iron into strips and weave it. I?m always conscious of finding new ways of working and using the material. When I do an exhibition, I try to do something JEFF THOMSON ROOSTER





JAY LLOYD, DEBORAH MOSS & JOHN PARKER. A selection of gifts for each occasion, starting at $25. We pride ourselves in selecting items of varying value, to make every piece from Piece significant in the recipients eye. View our online Festive Season Selection to see pricing.

Glassblowing is a magical art form. Starting from what is essentially sand, the combination of extreme heat and a few catalysts ,(like minerals,) thrown in, a liquid material is created. This is then crafted with amazing skill, which takes over 15 years to develop, to become sculptural applied art to last generations. At Piece Gallery, we have a number of techniques represented by different artists: cast glass, free-blown, mould-blown, etched, engraved, Murirni, Millefiori, Incalmo, Lip-wrap...and so on. Skills learned initially overseas, then adapted to our own kiwi-style and taught to 'slightly mad scientists', as glassblowers are, in New Zealand. The below collection, pretty in pink, demonstrates how a setting of completely different objects work together - as one.


REBECCA HEAP BUBBLES A WONDERFUL FIRST YEAR AT PIECE GALLERY What a wonderful first year of trading since taking over the gallery! In September 2015, Angus left his teaching job to become a gallery owner. As an artist and collector, there had always been appreciation of New Zealand Art and Craft, but never had he expected to be situated to be in the beautiful Matakana, as a gallery owner of New Zealand high end craft objects and jewellery.

This would not work without the support of our artists - a most amazingly talented, creative, colourful group of people who constantly amaze us with their new directions, inspiration and skills. Thank you to both artists and customers., and our local community of Matakana Village.

Merry Christmas from the Piece Gallery Team.

So, after a whirlwind learning curve and with the help of his partner, Clare, who had been in the creative sector for over 20 years, Piece Gallery became his. Angus says, 'We would like to thank our customers for their loyalty, wonderful feedback and encouragement over this first year, and we look forward to sharing the next stages of our journey with you."


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Piece Gallery Newsletter & Ideas for the 2016 Festive Season. Be inspired by very clever craft artists from New Zealand, working in ceramic,...