We are “impacted by our close surrounds more than ever at present”
This theme of “Home” is a progression from our most recent “Inward Bound” group Exhibition of ceramics where we explored travelling closer to home, in our regional surrounds. For many, our world has narrowed even further, with 5km limitation boundaries keeping us very local and often indoors. How does this make us feel? How does this express itself? Do we alter our home, looking for improvements, do we accept and remain contented within, do we see things differently and have time to notice more beauty in the everyday?
Our lead ceramicists Karen Steenbergen and Kirsty Manger explore all of this and more in their latest body of works, incredible high end pit fired and kintsugi pieces from Kirsty that reference ancient ceramic artefacts that were primarily used for cooking, serving and storing food, along with stunning contemporary RAW functional pieces for a special meal. Then, the hand-built Shadow Series that celebrate a local trail ride early or late in the day when the shadows are long. Karen’s new series are earthy organic nature inspired pieces and vessels in Stoneware. ‘Around the Fire’ has involved connections and a process of collecting ash from The Hive Gallery fire and friends to create a black matte glaze that was applied to functional bowls and vessels. ‘Trees’ are inspired by walks in isolation around the Surf Coast examining the variety in colour and texture of bark.
Adding to this we introduce Katherine Mahoney from Sydney, also facing the circumstances now in NSW, that Victoria has previously been the main one to bear.
Katherine has a strong reputation in her field producing one-off pieces we hope to bring you in the future. She gained experience firstly in the UK then later in Hong Kong where she studied the rich history of Asian ceramics, taught at several respected institutions and was involved in judging competitions, including the Hong Kong Biennial. Currently we feature a selection of distinctive handcrafted tableware from Katherine with beautiful matte glazes that elevate the everyday . Build your collection and “make the everyday ritual a celebration”.
Pauline Fraser is a north-east Victorian established artist in many mediums, visual art, sculpture and ceramics. Pauline obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) at RMIT 1990, a Diploma of Fine Art at Monash and Master of Fine Art by Research at Monash 2002-2007. Career highlights include her City of Melbourne Public Sculpture Commission ‘Contrivance’ at Queen Victorian Market and City of Hobson Bay Public Art Commission at Altona Pier and Solo Exhibitions at Benalla, Albury and Shepparton Regional Galleries. She is currently working towards another Solo Exhibition at Benalla Regional Art Gallery later this year. We feature her striking lino prints that tie together the domestic scenes.
I have given an online overview below rather than every individual piece highlighted, so please enquire on 0417 116 216 if interested and I can send you multiple view images of each ceramic piece and details.