Hawke’s Bay pot­tery art for sale

Napier Courier - - NEWS - BY BRENDA VOW­DEN brenda.vow­[email protected]

When the Napier Pot­tery Club de­cides to have a sale, it’s a good idea not to miss it.

With the cream of the lo­cal pot­tery world on show at next month’s ex­hi­bi­tion and sale, pun­ters will be tempted by pieces from artists in­clud­ing Penny Mad­den, Sue King, Sally Evans, Robert Har­ris and So­phie Lankovsky.

“So­phie has been with us while Keirunga has been closed fol­low­ing the fire. Our won­der­ful artists will be ex­hibit­ing and sell­ing at be­low gallery prices,” says club sec­re­tary and fundraiser Julie Beere.

Emerg­ing artists Ka­t­rina Gard­ner, Karen Cooper, Julie Marie and Emma Hall will also be ex­hibit­ing. And as this is the in­au­gu­ral an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion, the theme for this year’s event is Plant as you In­tend to Grow On.

“So we have made loads of pots and planted them with a won­der­ful va­ri­ety of plants, herbs, suc­cu­lents, flow­ers, etc. Plants in pots — some­thing new for the house or pa­tio, gifts or early Christ­mas presents.”

Julie says most of the ex­hi­bi­tion at the 63-year-old club will be ce­ramic sculp­tures and table­ware, but with many mem­bers pur­su­ing other artis­tic medi­ums, a va­ri­ety of work will be on dis­play.

“This will in­clude paint­ing, wool, pastel, wood, sculp­tures, pot­ted plants and the new trendy air plants on drift­wood.”

Julie be­lieves the de­mand for lo­cal, hand­made goods is on the rise as eth­i­cal, savvy con­sumers are choos­ing to sup­port New Zealand artists and craft makers.

“Hand­made is the new in. While we may take for granted the hum­ble cup we swig our cof­fee from on a daily ba­sis, we for­get that clay ves­sels have been a part of hu­man cul­ture for thou­sands of years, ar­ti­facts of which fill mu­se­ums the world over.”

She says fol­low­ing the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion se­ries The Great Pot­tery Throw Down, pot­tery has had a resur­gence of in­ter­est, with a new re­spect for the chal­lenge of ma­nip­u­lat­ing clay. Around 40 mem­bers be­long to the club, with mem­bers at­tend­ing on Tues­day morn­ings and through­out the week.

“We also have peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and in wheel­chairs at­tend most weeks. Our club also sup­ports some of the lo­cal schools who fire their work in our kilns, as do the HB Bon­sai Club,” Julie says. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come, with classes start­ing soon and a chil­dren’s school hol­i­day class in Jan­uary 2019 with Sue King.

■ Napier Pot­tery Club, Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale, Napier Pot­tery Club, Whit­more Park, Nuffield Ave, Napier, Fri­day and Satur­day, Novem­ber 23 and 24. Fri­day, 5pm-7.30pm and Satur­day, 10am-2pm.

Pot­tery by Sue King.

Pot­tery by Penny Mad­den.

Pot­tery by Sue King.

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