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The Plate Review

When:

Wed 3 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 4 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 5 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 6 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 7 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: re.SPACE, 176 Victoria Street Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Website:

Listed by: re.SPACE

Two local artists Marie Swanson and Julie Daysh have joined forces and put together a new and fresh installation for the Wellington public to view.

The idea started with a desire to support local events in Wellington and in this particular case the event is ‘Visa Wellington on a Plate’ that starts today.

Marie and Julie invite you to both read 'The Plate Review' below and then come in and take a look for yourselves.

The Plate Review

The Cuba Quarters new girl in town is parading some great new flavors, a veritable medley of dishes. I went with an open mind not quite knowing what to expect, as I entered a wide white space my attention was drawn to the gleaming cut and polished floors where a treat was in store.

Side plates, lime green beauties, from that era of afternoon tea with an aunt and cousins, I quietly celebrated a time when plates were adorned with an array of cakes, with yummy runny centres, and tea in cup sets pulled out from dark hiding places behind glass.

A selection of Mason’s Patent Ironstone, Shelley, Colclough, J & G Meakin, Aynsley, Grindley, and Royal Winton are amongst some of the imported delicacies. It was also great to see some homegrown produce by way of a few eye-catching Crown Lynn pieces- the warm Honeyglow from Kelston ceramics was a favorite.

I was recommended to look out for traces of a recent Anagama kiln firing. The matt textured surface and proud oblong edge, indeed fresh off the ceramicists slab and yet kindly reminiscent of fond childhood serveware memories, pickled onions and cheese atop.

Plates mostly round, some rectangular; others with scalloped corners that soften an otherwise square profile. I let my imagination wander over the foodie possibilities that might have surfaced the large platters, equally I wondered about the bite size dishes, too small for a Gingernut but perfect enough for an Oddfellow, maybe even an M&M.

A thought provoking series by a local artist entitled ‘Trading Plates’ – about two diverse cultures and for each the selling of the soul, sits alongside the celadon glazes, the hand painted and the wheel thrown.

I noticed a Denby and remembered from my ‘Kirks’ days some wise advise from Mary ‘what not to buy’. Me, I was taken by the beautiful greens and heavy glaze, but Mary insisted, while perfectly fitting while you’re young and strong, Denby got heavier with age...she was not referring to the plates! My eyes floated instead to loftier pastel delights, and metallic rims, another heartache from the fine china department, behind glass and beautifully arranged sat teacups and saucers neatly in a row. I read somewhere once Queen Vic had often slurped from deep saucers, sipping your cuppa from the delicate saucer had never been so fashionable.

One Thing You Should See:
An avid collector of Crown Lynn, my heart skipped a few beats, suddenly I let loose a not so discreet “oh s-h-u-t up!” If you’re a fan you had best not miss the swan family accompanying the show.

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