2018, 200 mm x 250 mm, vintage china, glass tiles and gems on ceramic substrate. This little fellow was made for the Year of the Dog exhibition at the Otago Art Society. I fell totally in love with his personality and was a little saddened when he sold.
2019 500mm tall, vintage china, glass tiles, bugle and seed beads on a wooden substrate. I've always loved horses, and had my own as a teenager. Arion was made for an exhibition at the Otago Art Society where she was highly commended (and in the top 10 people's choice).
2020 290mm x 210mm stained glass on Marmox. This is a portrait of my much loved late cat, Furry. She had a rather striking black and white coat which I thought would lend itself well to a mosaic.
2020 900mm tall, vintage china, glass gems on an old shop mannequin (covered in thinset and mesh). As the name suggests, Lady Lockdown was completed during the level 4 Covid-19 lockdown period. The inspiration came from her hat and the rest just followed. To date she has been one of my favourite pieces to work on. I made her for my own collection but entered her into an Otago Art Society exhibition on a whim (where she sold).
2019 500mm x 450mm, china, stained glass, jewellery on a paper mache base reinforced with thinset and mesh. This was a commission for a woman who had inherited her father's much treasured Franklin Mint plates. As plates they weren't to her taste but by having them repurposed into a piece of art, she is able to enjoy them as a remembrance of her father.
2019 190mm x 140mm, vintage china, stained glass, spiked collar on a French Bulldog china ornament. I had Rosie in my head for a while. I wanted the juxtaposition of girly pink and the harsh spikes of the collar. She was made for an Otago Art Society exhibition where she sold (or else I would have kept her!). Sharon Pine
I’ve been mosaicing for about 20 years, after a friend in Wellington introduced me to it when I was visiting one weekend – and I was instantly hooked. I work a lot with vintage china, but I also love incorporating other objects into my work such as jewellery, stained glass, beads and more.
I love the thrill of finding gorgeous china in charity shops – I do have a rule that I won’t break up undamaged trios, which I try to stick to!
I really enjoy creating original and beautiful 3D pieces from my little shed in Dunedin (or the kitchen table in the depths of winter), and especially love the challenge of designing and producing pieces for art exhibitions.
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