Open studios are nearly upon us and we are getting excited!
This year we bring you the amazing ceramic works by NZ artists, Chris Weaver and Katherine Smyth.
You may be familiar with seeing Katherine Smyth pieces at Tree, we stock not only her domestic ware but also a few of her animal urns as well. We will have brand spanking new work from both artists for open studios that you would not have seen at Tree before such as South Island West Coast based ceramicist, Chris Weaver.
We look forward to unwrapping the parcel and seeing the surprise inside, it will be like Christmas for us at the Tree Gallery as we have no idea what he is sending us!
Katherine Smyth is a well-respected potter and we have featured her work from when we first opened the doors to our gallery in October 2014. Her domestic ware is very fine and the colour palette so appealing, it is adored and collected by so many people who visit us.
Katherine has an interesting background to her training in ceramics and in 1993 joined fellow artist Jim Mason on a several month sabbatical to the Taibeh Village in Jordan (near Petra) where they taught pottery skills to young village women in the hope of reviving local ancient skills and traditions. The emphasis was on pottery made by the Nabateans (who built Petra) and other traditional potters from the region.
This is our first year in Open studios that we have expanded to showing work that is made outside of Whanganui, but they are what Emma says are heavyweights in the world of ceramics and very worthy of being featured in this annual event. We really look forward to seeing you at Open Studios on 22-30 March 2019!
Artists supporting artists! TREE celebrates creativity.