What inspires your art practice?
Julie: The systematic discipline and devotion of throwing ceramic forms communicates a productive work ethic and a commitment to process and tradition but also acknowledges a love of form, meaning, and material expression. Peter: Working in both traditional and contemporary methods when working with steel to construct my pieces. I am interested in the sublime and the powerful nature that sculpture can bring, along with timeless qualities.
What materials do you work in?
Julie: I have been working clay for 27 years. Specifically, the potter’s wheel and also explore a variety of firing techniques. Peter: I have an intimate knowledge of steel and metals with over 26 years experience working as an Engineer and artistic craftsman. For the last 25 years the focus has been on being an artist and blacksmith.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Julie & Peter: Vitality Ascending brings together two materials, steel, and clay. Both materials originate from the earth and are created through fire, therefore sharing fundamental elements. The steel aging process forges iron runs from the weather this is then replicated in the glaze of the vessel. This freestanding sculpture explores ideas of histories, architecture, and containment.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Home gallery, website, and Instagram.