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'Kiwi' by Jeff Thomson

‘Kiwi’ by Jeff Thomson
Screenprinted corrogated iron
(Image from Piece Gallery)

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…

'Green Cellular Leaf ' by Stephen Bradbourne

‘Green Cellular Leaf ‘ by Stephen Bradbourne
hot worked & kiln formed glass. approx 35cm in length.

Green Cellular Leaves - detail - by Stephen Bradbourne hot worked, kiln formed & cold worked glass (Images from Piece Gallery)

Green Cellular Leaves – detail – by Stephen Bradbourne
hot worked, kiln formed & cold worked glass
(Images from Piece Gallery)

Moth Brooches by Lisa West

Moth Brooches by Lisa West
Sterling Silver
I am jumping out of my skin about these brooches. My Mum bought me one and I managed to lose it. Perhaps I can find a sister piece…?
(Image from Piece Gallery)

'Edged Vessel' by Ainsley

‘Edged Vessel’ by Ainsley O’Connell
(Image from Piece Gallery)

Inlaid Stones by John Edgar

Inlaid Stones by John Edgar
granite & glass greywacke & glass
(Image from Piece Gallery)

'Red Orb' - detail - by Graham Ambrose

‘Red Orb’ – detail – by Graham Ambrose

Red Orbs by Graham Ambrose

Red Orbs by Graham Ambrose
Various sizes available
One ceramicist I particularly love…
(Images from Piece Gallery)

tape measure bangle and ring by Joanna Campbell

tape measure bangle and ring by Joanna Campbell
oxidised silver numbers, available in gold plate
(image from Piece Gallery)

'Kete' by Jeff Thomson

‘Kete’ by Jeff Thomson
Corrogated iron
Jeff Thomson is an iconic NZ sculptor. More of his work can be seen here.
A kete is a traditional Māori basket, usually woven out of flax
(Image from Piece Gallery)

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…

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