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Kara Pryor

Felicity

Ceramics

26 x 20 x 26cm

$850

Instagram: @ceramicsbykara

THE ARTWORK

In 2018, Kara rescued a dog, named Nelson, he has a whole bunch of different breeds in him including American Staffi/Sharpei cross.  A lot of dogs that are mixed breeds are misunderstood. Some are aggressive, but mainly because of their owners and circumstances in which they have lived.  

 

Nelson had been beaten and chained up and is still very nervous, but we have given him an abundance of love, and he is now so loving and loyal. Kara made Felicity and put her in a pink embroidered cardigan, a reminder of her nan who used to wear one to show the world how soft she really is underneath and you can’t judge her by her looks as all she needs is love and care, like all rescue dogs do.

THE ARTIST

The world of fantasy has captured in Kara's imagination since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She would fill art books with drawings of fairies, unicorns & strange yet beautiful worlds. The essence of Pryor's work has always been fun, colour & perfection and always a reflection of herself.

Kara’s work has been in many galleries for sale and exhibition such as Kerrie Lowe, Breathing Colours, Art Est. Art School, NSW Craft, Manly Art Gallery, Northern Beaches Ceramics TAFE, Saint Cloche and Ewart Art Gallery. She also regularly exhibits at The Sydney Teapot Show and the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where her teapots have won prizes and have been bought by collectors. 

She obtained her Certificate for Advanced Diploma for Ceramics at Northern Beaches TAFE in 2015 majoring in hand building and creative teapots.

Chiara Barbi

Shadows #2, #15 & Meandering #3, #5

Embroidery on acrylic glass 

Various sizes

$350 - $700

www.chiarabarbi.com

Instagram: @chiarabarbi

THE ARTWORK

Barbi’s practice involves her laser cutting design onto a variety of surfaces including acrylic glass, plywood and stainless steel. Working with rigid sheets allows her to think spatially, building layered models very sensitive to lighting conditions.

 

Her use of needle and thread is an alternative way to draw on the planes of her models, introducing different textures, rather than just adding pure colour. This is a challenging but very rewarding process: She loves to create new stitching patterns and to work a gentle, traditional craft onto seemingly impossible substrates.

THE ARTIST

Chiara Barbi was born in Italy in 1965. She graduated at the Polytechnic of Milan (M.Arch.) and worked for several years as a registered architect before moving to Australia.

 

She further pursued her interests gaining a Master in Design Science (Sust. Des. USYD  2011) and studying at the Julian Ashton School (2014 - 2018). She was semifinalist in the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and finalist in the 2021 Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award.

Clare Nicholson

Hortus Conclusus 

Porcelain 

2018

H18 x W25 x D18cm

$3,255.00

www.clarenicholson.com

Instagram: @clarenicholsonsculptor

THE ARTWORK

Hotus Conclusus rewrites the legacy of anatomical medical models to visually critique the nascent scientific inquiry of epigenetics.  Environmental epigenetics demonstrate exterior influences have the ability to impress upon the body, altering gene expression.  

 

Essentially, the body and the environment are now revealed as interdependent and permeable, rather than discrete entities. Hortus Conclusus imparts a hopeful sense of biophilia embodiment – the innate love and connection with nature. 

THE ARTIST

Clare Nicholson lives on Gadigal Wangal land in Sydney’s Inner West. She is a sculptor and educator, with a PhD in epigenetic maternal-foetal programming from UNSW Art & Design. Clare has held several solo shows within Australia and exhibited overseas.

 

Along with presenting at international conferences, Clare has co-authored ‘Sustaining Seas. Oceanic Space and the Politics of Care’, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Clare taught at UNSW Art & Design and currently teaches from her Haberfield studio.

Stefanie Ferguson

Sea Creatures: Coral, Pod, Tubas, Plero

Stoneware

2021

Coral $40, Pod NFS, Tubas NFS, Plero $35

www.stefanieferguson.com

Instagram: @niefeceramics

THE ARTWORK

Stefanie’s inspiration comes from the seabed exploring aquatic and marine life forms, in particular coral reefs and algae. Concepts for work occur through researching photographic images of specimens and creating her own forms through sketching.

 

Her work incorporates techniques and aesthetics such as hand building and wabi sabi to create individual works and works as a group she refers to as ‘clusters’.

THE ARTIST

Originally from Scotland, Stefanie studied a (BA) in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art. Upon graduating she moved permanently to Australia and pursued a career in galleries and museums across Australia. In 2019, Stefanie returned to her arts practice exploring ceramics and sculpture. She also curates PIVOT an online platform matching local makers with small businesses.

 

Stefanie has exhibited both in Australia and internationally. She has been a finalist in the Greenway Art Prize and was the 2021 recipient of the Village Hub Artists Grant where she held her first solo ceramics exhibition at Gaffa Gallery in mid 2021.

 

Her brand Niefe Ceramics sells across Australia, Singapore and is a featured brand on Finders Keepers.  

Amaya Iturri

Pull the Thread

Ceramic Sculpture (porcelain, stains)

2020

$1, 575.00

Music: 'Trail' by Willebrant

www.amayaiturri.com

Instagram: @amaya_iturri

THE ARTWORK

Even though the artwork has a bias towards criticism of the fashion industry, the significant paradigm is the consumerism of fashion and its significant contribution in providing the foundation for the existence of the entire industry.

Pull the Thread is an invitation to consider our purchases and the power it brings in generating a cultural shift within the industry by maintaining an open dialogue regarding ethical production, and the irrational use of water in our society as a not ending resource is a fact that we should address as a priority.

The musical composition brings closer the notes of the environment, the sound of water, a walk in the bush, turning our emotion to the need of connecting with nature, in a subtle and meditative way.

THE ARTIST

Born in San Sebastian, Basque Country. Amaya moved to Australia, Sydney in 2000

She studied BFAA at the university of Basque Country in Bilbao holding a BFAA Art Conservation. She is based in Melbourne since 2005, where she has her Art studio.

Amaya has been finalist in numerous national art competitions such as Arthur Guy Memorial, Sunshine Coast and semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Art price.

Her artworks are held in private and public collection.

As a Conservator she has worked on the restoration of Sydney’s Town for the 2000 Olympics., and as an Antique Frame Conservator for the State Library, Victoria.

In 2020 the Moreland Council acquire her portrait of artist Turbo Brown, for their permanent Collection.

Pamela Drewitt-Smith

Woman Draped

Bronze on a black granite base.

25 x 36 x 22cm

$3,900.00

www.Pameladrewittsmith.com

Instagram: Pamela.drewittsmith

THE ARTWORK

Pamela sculpts from her drawings sketched with a nude model. Woman draped is part of a series of 4 bronzes where she experimented with drapes and folds of fabric. Her interests lie in the human figure is in its fluidity of continuous line, she deliberately discards the detail so the emphasis is on the drape. It’s a source of inspiration and an ongoing challenge.

THE ARTIST

Pamela is a Sydney based Sculptor and painter. During Covid lockdown she has been finding painting inspiration closer to home, Garigal National Park and local parks and gardens. She enjoys the late afternoon light which brings with it elongated shadows and the abstract patterning of light. 

She is mostly a figurative sculptor. When sculpting, her marquettes begin in clay with a nude model. Working in clay is like working with a second skin and I try not to have a pre-conceived idea and let the clay bend to the model in front of her.