Open Studios are finally here, our favourite time of the year!
We look forward to meeting new visitors from far and wide in our lovely little gallery as we are showcasing our top ceramicists alongside many of our local talented artists here in Whanganui, who have opened their studio doors to the public. We have many new works to show you from our popular artists at the Tree, such as Marita Green, Steve Fullmer, Aaron Scythe, Justin Cook as well as the new Katherine Smyth and Chris Weaver works mentioned in our previous blog. Here are some of the exciting pieces you can find at the Tree...
In the theme of artists supporting artists, we would love to share some of the other ceramic based studios participating in Open Studios this year. There is a lot to see during Open Studios, and these are a just a small few we recommend to be well worth a visit while you are here...
The Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics
Here you will meet talented studio ceramist, Rick Rudd. He has a wonderful collection and exhibitions that will blow your socks off!
Ivan Vostinar in Castlecliff
Ivan makes brilliant colored domestic ware with his own mixed glazes incorporating sand from the local beach, as well as one-off sculptures. If you get thirsty, go over the road to the Citadel Café and try out his domestic ware for yourselves before buying - your coffee will be served in one of his lovely vessels.
The Rayner Bros Gallery on Glasgow Street
One we highly recommend visiting! They are rich in ceramics for such a small town, and have great senses of humour which reflect in their many artworks. They also showcase other artists work and currently have Sam Ducker Jones from the Wairarapa staying as an Artist in Residence. Sam uses clay in new ways that seem almost rebellious, but give his work a new exciting edge in the world of ceramics.
If you feel in the mood to go along and meet some of the exhibiting artists and chums from our diverse arts community, there is an exhibition opening happening at the Rayner Bros Gallery at 5.30pm on Friday 29th.
With only one more exciting weekend left, we have decided to open our doors sporadically during the week for any people that are wandering round the Taupo Quay hub and feel like a mid-week gallery binge and a taste of crafty ceramic culture.
Don't forget about our instagram tag for Open Studios we mentioned in our last blog - pop into Tree Gallery during Open Studios and pick up some driftwood, then upload your creations to Instagram with the hashtag #driftwoodtreeceramics
See you at the Tree!
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.