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Limited Addition: Recent Ceramics by Trevor Wright


Tue 24 Dec 2013, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 27 Dec 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 28 Dec 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 30 Dec 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 31 Dec 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts presents two special end of year exhibitions which showcase the talents of renowned potter Trevor Wright and Liza Haarhoff, a painter new to the gallery scene who is showing her work alongside that of daughter Amy. The work will be shown in the gallery’s changing exhibition space from Saturday November 30th through Tuesday 31st December.

Trevor Wright formerly of Palmerston North now residing in Waikanae is an award-winning ceramic artist whose work can inspire, amuse and entertain the viewing public. He is known for ‘pushing materials and techniques to the limit.’ Whether it be high-fired stoneware or low-fired Raku, Trevor’s pottery is world class. He is joined in this exhibition by two very competent artists, mother and daughter, Liza and Amy Haarhoff. Liza Haarhoff’s portraiture is finely detailed; classically presented and often drawn from life using her daughter’s face as the visage of choice. Daughter Amy uses her drawing skills to capture young women in special moments and to put on paper what must be the fertile mind view of youth. The juxtaposition of strongly presented vessels with sensuous renderings of the soul should make for an exciting finish to the exhibition year at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

A potter’s potter is how Trevor Wright is often referred to by other ceramic artists. His exquisite forms and surface treatments bear witness to the exacting methods, patience and time required to achieve ceramics that regularly wipe away the competition at national and regional exhibitions. A master of Raku and related firing techniques, Trevor Wright continually produces work that often stops viewers in their tracks. The decorative work on his pots is akin to the architectural design and craftsmanship of the late 19th century Arts and Crafts period, at the same time reflecting a contemporary exuberance and style that only handmade ceramic wares can bring to the home or office environment. The potter has used an electric kiln and fast fire techniques using multiple glaze layers and resist patterns to achieve the stunning results that pottery enthusiasts seek.

Wrights says: “My designs are influenced by what I see around me…an interpretation of the environment.” He also admits that like potters before him the failure of materials like clay and glazes often produces happy accidents that lead to one-of-a-kind pieces sought after by collectors, art galleries and corporate collections.

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