The Vase is an immersive vessel and has been an important part of human daily life for thousands of years, with some fragments found in China dating back as far as 20,000 years ago. The ancient Greeks used ceramic vessels in every aspect of their daily lives: for storage, carrying, mixing, serving, and drinking, and as cosmetic and perfume containers, many with pictorial illustrations that provided insights into their everyday existence as well as philosophical scenes and stories.
Tree has its own retro inspired range that is modern, sleek and simple. We all like to smell and admire freshly cut flowers arranged into lovely posies; it is a way of brightening our moods on melancholy days and is a reminder of all the natural beauty that surrounds us. Emma Bass has frozen beauty in time with her imperfect series, capturing specific moments of wilting wonder by photographing her floral arrangements in her personal collection of Crown Lynn vases. So, come see us at Tree Gallery and we will help you find the vase that’s just right for your home, work space, mum cave or as a gift for a deserving friend.
The Dinosaur being chained and tamed by the little blue figures is titled Wrath of a Titan and it has a lot to say about the relationship of command. The Dinosaur rests on its own base, as do the little blue men, separating the inhabitants of two different worlds or islands. The blue men are a technological advancement, while the dinosaur is the master of its own environment with no natural predators. The blue men manage to chain the beast representing industrial dominance over the Titan (dinosaur).
The monkey and the cephalopod in the spacesuits talk to us about how biological and cultural evolution go hand in hand and the dinosaur fetus looks like it could be straight from a Jurassic Park lab!
Personally, I feel most captured by the earlier image of the little spaceman out of his suit sitting with his head in his hands, titled Adaptive Radiation. Justin explains “long after the time where a hard-suit might be necessary for a new environment, the individual who was inside can now reflect on the role they played. The term "adaptive radiation" related to the way in which populations move into new environments and establish fitness”, but he somehow reminds me of the ashen victims of Pompeii in a melancholy kind of way; out of the safety of his suit and just letting himself be taken by the environment force that is too uninhabitable for his organic body to endure.
No don’t be silly, it’s not the price of this one compared to that one! For us it was the humanity instilled in the mug by the maker and the loss of relationship you connected to choosing one by that artist or perhaps the memory of the person who gifted that mug to you.
We would love for you to share photos and stories of you with your best mug on our Facebook page or by using the hashtag #treegalleryfavmug on Instagram and share the love of handmade ceramic mugs far and wide!
Spring is here, and it is time to clean the dust off your shelves and make room for inspiring artworks or perhaps new mugs in your cupboards. We have plenty of new arrivals at Tree, and an exhibition by New Plymouth based artist Marita Green planned for October. Although we don’t see Emma and Angela during open hours at Tree much these days, they are still very much a part of the Tree team. Recently they visited Marita to collect the pieces for her up and coming solo exhibition, Smallish with a few skatepark tricks in between.
What is it about animals that we love so much?
At Tree Gallery, we have many artists who use animals as inspiration for their work; from decorative illustrations on mugs and plates, the infamous bird urns, as well as quirky sculptures.
We recently acquired Katherine Smyth Polar Bear and Rat urns that go nicely with our Steve Fullmer Polar Bear mugs and bowls! Angela Tier has dropped off some Black Robin urns to nest alongside the remaining doves, and Janet Green's cat sits proudly in our window looking out upon people in the street like an actual cat.
Aaron Scythe uses little birds too; on all his ceramics (if you hadn't noticed), he says that the little bird is him when we asked him once, which is such a lovely trademark touch by this talented potter!
Jane Kennington also uses bird illustrations on her pinched vases and cups; sometimes accompanied by a feminine friend, and Angela also makes beautiful ceramic bird brooches and cast glass bird pendants that are to be worn to remember wonderful memories of loved ones who have passed.
We look forward to showing you all of these pieces when you visit the Tree Gallery, and also any new pets we aquire in the coming months!
Ever so popular is Tree Gallery artist Steve Fullmer; when his work arrives, it flies out the door! Here is a little bit more of a background about Steve and his quirky, illustrated ceramics.
Jane Kennington is a local based artist living in Whanganui amongst beautiful and inspiring surroundings, with many trees, birds and gardens; these manifest through into her making. Her work is very feminine, with a lot of her pieces featuring illustrations of flora and fauna, as well as delicate drawings of women.
Jane mentions she has a background in a Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in sculpture and wood from Nelson, as you can see in the sculptural way she constructs her work. Showing process in making is important to Jane, you can see the organic way she carves the clay like a chisel to wood from a leather hard solid block, reducing it until the clay takes form and then hollows it out for the firing. All her pieces are one offs and you can see the movement of the artist's fingers, or the use of tools to form the object.
Jane says that drawing and mark making is very important to her process of examination and discovery. She likes to make pieces that people can use everyday because she believes it to be very satisfying to use a handmade object.
Jane's ceramics are exclusive to the Tree Gallery and we are excited to bring them to you!
The definite highlight of the month is the Creature exhibition currently being held at the the Sarjeant Gallery upstairs at the iSite building in Whanganui, which is on display until July 15th 2018. In this group show, we are delighted to see the work of artists that we also exhibit at Tree Gallery; such as Kate Fitz-Harris, Katherine Smyth and Angela Tier.
Whether you want to support some of our favourite artists, or just take some time out to marvel over the beautiful works on display, the Creature exhibition is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
If you are interested in acquiring an Avian Ambassador for your growing art collection, please contact Emma at Tree Gallery.
We are really thrilled to announce this month, that we now have exquisite Lynn Kelly Jewellery at Tree Gallery, and we are proud to be the only gallery in Whanganui where you can find her pieces!
For more information about Lynn Kelly, come see us at the gallery!
It was another busy March for many artists in the Whanganui area with the annual Open Studios eventful weekends. Tree Gallery took part for the fourth year, with an exhibition called "Three" featuring artworks by Emma Camden, David Murray and Angela Tier.
David delivered three candy-coloured glass chalices, titled 'Vessels for a New Economy'. These are stunningly displayed with ambient light illuminating them from the window and making them glow with glory and richness.
There are connections that can be created when you get drawn into all three works.
With strong elements of grief, extravagance and tension coming through.
The exhibition will remain on display at Tree Gallery for the month of April, so make sure you get along to see it!
Artists supporting artists! TREE celebrates creativity.