Pot­tery, fi­bre at gallery

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An ex­hi­bi­tion of pot­tery and fi­breart is cur­rently on show at the Eltham Vil­lage Gallery.

Fea­tur­ing pot­ters Kathryn Gates and Bar­bara Ni­cholls, fel­ter Janette Theobald and weaver Ma­ree Lid­ding­ton, the ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Septem­ber 21

The four women com­bine their work ev­ery two years for the ex­hi­bi­tion. There is no con­sul­ta­tion on colours or de­sign, but a theme is cho­sen for the ex­hi­bi­tion which this year is tex­ture and form. Past ex­hi­bi­tions have had the themes of ‘from the land’ and ‘coastal en­coun­ters’.

Janette says the work look great together.

“The pot­tery com­pli­ments our works per­fectly. We love bring­ing the work together in this way.”

Janette has pro­duced four large cir­cu­lar pieces with dif­fer­ent fi­bres and sur­face de­sign in her felt­ing in­clud­ing one called Where There is Life There’s Hope.

For this ex­hi­bi­tion Ma­ree is ex­hibit­ing a new tech­nique called Saori Weav­ing — a freeform Ja­panese style of weav­ing which she learnt at a work­shop with New Zealand tu­tor Louise Cook, last year.

She has also been in­flu­enced greatly by a week long course with Peru­vian weaver, Max­imo Laura. He uses ta­pes­try tech­niques with mul­ti­ple threads and lots of tex­ture.

In one of her pieces, The En­chanted For­est, she has be­gun to ap­ply this into her work.

Bar­bara and Kathryn have ex­plored new glazes and dif­fer­ent shapes for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

■ The ex­hi­bi­tion is at the The Vil­lage Gallery, Eltham un­til Septem­ber 21. The gallery is open Mon­day to Satur­day 10 am — 3pm.

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