Ainsley O'Connell, Ceramics, Contemporary Jewellery, Emma Haughton, Glass Art, Graham Ambrose, Jeff Thomson, Joanna Campbell, John Edgar, Lisa West, Matakana, New Zealand, Piece Gallery, Stephen Bradbourne
A wee bit excited here at Casa TSL because this morning I’m off to New Zealand to catch up with some good friends for a girls weekend in Matakana. With the weather turning (in quite a major fashion, from what I understand), I have visions of lots of great conversation in front of the fire and a few glasses of good Central Otago pinot… Bring it on, I say!
I love the Matakana region. It’s just a hop, skip and jump from Auckland and full of galleries, wineries, eating spots and a great sculpture walk. One of my favourite spots is the Piece Gallery, located bang smack in the village.
Emma Haughton opened her gallery in August 2007, to showcase New Zealand Object Art. The gallery has over 60 New Zealand artists work represented predominantly in the disciplines of Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery. One of the girls I will be away with is mad-keen on ceramics. Personally, I lean more to glass and contemporary jewellery. I think we’ll both be happy with a visit to the gallery.
These are a few of the pieces that jumped out at me from the gallery’s catalogue. Let me now what you think…
Piece Gallery ships internationally and (the best bit) is that given the value of the Kiwi dollar, you almost always feel you’re getting a hefty discount when shopping with the Aussie dollar, the greenback or the pound. That is a pretty good reason to shop, I reckon…