PAR­ADISE FOUND IN CE­RAM­ICS

BUD­ERIM CERAMACIST MICHAEL PUGH BRINGS A TOUCH OF THE PA­CIFIC OCEAN TO HIS PIECES

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ART - WORDS: TONY GILL Tony Gill is co-di­rec­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for 25 years.

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.

GALLERY SNIP­PETS

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.

Pic­tures: Cour­tesy of the artists

BUD­ERIM TREA­SURE: Artist Michael Pugh with a pot. TOP LEFT: Art Nuvo at Bud­erim has Far­ley Cameron’s Leu­ca­den­dron.

Pic­ture: Cour­tesy of the artist

Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery has Jan­damarra Cadd’s Clev­er­man.

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