PARADISE FOUND IN CERAMICS
BUDERIM CERAMACIST MICHAEL PUGH BRINGS A TOUCH OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN TO HIS PIECES
The latest in the series of noted artists of the Sunshine Coast is ceramist Michael Pugh. He was born in 1944 and says that starting as a potter early on in Buderim was rather daunting. He was teaching himself and seeking help from older resident potters, building elementary wood kilns and producing ash glazes that no one responded to at the local Eumundi Market.
Gradually, Pugh succeeded in producing some pots and got a good response.
It was exciting and involved much exploration and research.
Travelling to Japan, Cambodia and Bali to work with ceramic studios further enriched his vocabulary and generous customers looked forward to seeing the kilns unpacked.
First the work was woodfired and waste oil was used. Then a gas kiln was built — all part of the journey. Clay was from the land initially and then from a man called Merv Feeney.
Pugh was interested in the blues and turquoises of the Pacific Ocean and the sea creatures who inhabited this world.
He worked on recipes to find these colours. Pugh travelled to Dunk Island in north Queensland and met up with other artists in different media. All this fed into an environmental development in the design and making of the lovely platters and bowls.
That was 49 years ago and now he can enjoy a larger studio in the rainforest of Buderim. The children of his original customers now visit with their friends and children and enjoy buying his latest firings.
Pugh would like to say thank you to all who
have bought his work over the years and hopes to continue for many years into the future. His works are available from Art Nuvo in Buderim and his home studio.
Check the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website for the many talented artists and the individual galleries opening hours at www.sunshinecoastartgallerytrail.com.au.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Sunshine Coast Art Prize: various artists Exhibition dates: until September 15
The annual Sunshine Coast Art Prize is showing at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. Now in its 14th year, the prize showcases a selection of the best contemporary art in Australia. With the winner receiving $25,000, this prize is highly regarded among the nation’s best artists in all two-dimensional media. Be a part of this exhibition and vote for your people’s choice award.
Art Nuvo, Buderim
Natives and Nature: various artists Exhibition dates: until August 31
This is a group exhibition that brings to Buderim four outstanding female artists: Jennie Fawckner, from Toowoomba, with her landscape and floral oil paintings; Shannon Garson, from Maleny, with her fine highly decorated porcelain vessels; Emma Nancarrow, from Noosa, who captures natives from her garden in acrylic on canvas; and Farley Cameron, from Buderim, with her ink florals through silk on paper. The Nature and Natives exhibition is all that you love about our natural Australian flora and fauna.
Solitude Art Gallery, Glenview
Rise Up: Darren Treblico
Exhibition dates: until September 28 Following the birth of his first child, artist Darren Treblico is a changed man. This body of work has emerged from the completely new energy, the new circumstances, the new world of becoming a dad. Fatherhood has forced him into his own rebirth.
BUDERIM TREASURE: Artist Michael Pugh with a pot. TOP LEFT: Art Nuvo at Buderim has Farley Cameron’s Leucadendron.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery has Jandamarra Cadd’s Cleverman.