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The studio looks better than ever.
Thanks to all the artists that helped put it together and masses of visitors that made it all worthwhile!
Thanks to Amy Manfield for all the updates, the Auckland White Night team that put it together and thanks for including what appears to be the only Artist`s Studio in the event.
Its a little bit of Melbourne in Ponsonby.
My 4x G grandparents immigrated to Melbourne1841. Grandfather to NZ in 1928.
Some might say it explains alot!
Nestling somewhere between the 50's and 60`s the new ceramic lights have a touch of nostalgia with some intricate detailing transforming the shapes into a glowing sculpture that suits many spaces especially apartments with its warm romantic ambience.
Achieving the glow requires a steady hand and accuracy, the Pleats Light has 1600 2.5mm holes!
Pleats 180 x 125 mm dia
Fins 190 x 115
Pineapple 165 x 145
Small Cylinders 200 x 85
What a relief not to be exhibiting at either the Sydney or Auckland Gift trade shows someone really needs to check the calendar!
We are opened all days and even later than the tradeshows in the heart of Ponsonby. Which is about to explode with retail developments.
I get the feeling the industry is on the road to getting another slap. Over the last 30 years its done nothing but stagnate compared to the growth of other sectors ie music wine, food, fashion, design, technology.
Now its got to the point where it can be dominated by a few individuals at the expense of the viability of a whole industry. Step out of line and suddenly its very difficult to do business.
It wasn`t so long ago Eon Design store died at the expense of a huge number of suppliers, they dominated for over a decade if you weren`t in, you were not good enough was the unwritten byline for media, consumers, trade buyers to senior government officials, well it looks like its about to happen again.
Which leaves an export potential industry and the ability to employ thousands without any major retail front representing (dominating) NZ Design since Eon went belly up, add to that a lack of a sound Industry structure as would be expected of any other Sector in NZ leaves us all worse off.
We weren`t in Eon or any other store that required exclusivity to the Auckland region or who dithers for months trying to make up there minds whether they are coming or going.
Well I guess its gone wasn`t it?
| |As you will guess we haven`t been sitting around twiddling thumbs.
New products and directions and some big plans as well as alot of Art shows Table lamps
a reworking of the Waltz sculpture as table lamps distinctive and each one uniqueRetro Range
going back to the 50`s and 60's with new ceramic lamps, jewellery
and some might say with an Australian touch hardly surprising as I discover my family connections in Melbourne from 1841! Big Design Market
December last year for the first time, 170 Australian & NZ designers exhibited at the Royal exhibition hall in Melbourne, it was stunning! If you want unique products for your stores this is where you can find them. Life instyle never had this many designers exhibiting and most if not all are wholesale. ....more
59 Galleries and one Artist Studio -US! are open till midnight 16 March the Council has laid on several buses to help move people as well. For the first time ever we are opening up the back studio creating an outdoor gallery, we have invited other artists to show as well. No fees & No commission because we think some artists just need an opportunity to get started.....more
By the time of the next trade show a 200sqm metre space with rooms sets showing off a new range of exterior objects!
Just booked a space at the first The Big Design Market
in Melbourne, 7,8,9 December. It is a retail event with both established and emerging designers located in The Royal Exhibition Hall.
The format has huge potential to becoming the premium design show in Australia , especially considering the changes in retail and wholesale as well as the location.
NZ designers could easily use this to test the Australian market. At this stage I`ll be taking art, waltz sculptures, lights and jewellery plus my son, its time he learnt what I have to do for a living.
Kohia is a small Epsom school
which has exhibited some prominent names in the art world including, Billy Apple, Karl Maughan, Richard Killeen, Sheyne Tuffery, Jeff Thomson, Paul Hartigan and Russell Jackson. Making for a compelling show both for the art and the high level of sales. This year Chan Andreassend will be exhibiting all new work including sphere lights, resin icon paintings, Work Tools & The Last Waltz sculptures including two of the 700mm versions.
All still in production.
Which is why The 4th in the Engelbert Strategy Series is still a few days away. About Ten in total with a climatic three song finale.Photos below are sold works
Now in its 8th year The Kohia art show is the school's largest annual fundraiser and this year it will go towards additional teaching resources and a new classroom. 8-10 June Gala opening on Friday $40/ticket www.kohiaart.co.nz
Myths seem to abound when it comes to selling Art to China especially ceramics. At the risk of appearing to blow my own trumpet, gotta put another tick on the list.
The Ceramic Dome Jars
have been used in a couple Chinese projects, some of which went to the Ritz Carlton in Shanghai for the Presidential Suite. Not that I`ll be staying there any time soon, last I heard it was HK$100,000 per night.
Hand pierced ceramic, customised patterns with highly detailed resin components approx 700mm h.
The Torso Series
are getting a makeover, some pieces were too dry for piercing so time to have some fun. Tooled with an almost reptilian texture and finished with a satin glaze.
Stunning results and very tactile.
300mm w $650