24 March 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Local artist representing NZ at conference in Malta

Browns Bay polymer clay artist, Claire Fairweather, is thrilled to have received grant funding from Creative New Zealand towards travel costs to attend EuroSynergy 2014. This conference from 30 April to 3 May, organised by the International Polymer Clay Association, will have seminars presented by the world’s leading polymer clay artists and practioners.
Claire also has one of her polymer clay artworks, a three part sculpture titled “Spring Trio”, selected by the jurors for the 2014 International Polymer Clay Awards Exhibition. The photo exhibition will be displayed and prizes awarded at the Eurosynergy Conference.
“Polymer clay is still in its infancy as a creative medium in New Zealand” says Claire, “I have started teaching others how to use polymer clay but there is so much more for me to learn as I am self taught. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to meet and learn from the masters, to improve my own skills and knowledge, which I can then pass on here in New Zealand”.
You can see “Spring Trio” and other examples Claire’s polymer clay artwork in her solo exhibition running throughout April at Beach CafĂ© at 1a Beach Front Lane, Browns Bay. It is a great place to have a coffee or food from the tempting menu, whilst enjoying the sea view and the artwork on the walls.
If you want to try it for yourself, Claire will be teaching polymer clay workshops and classes at Glaze, 17c Vega Place, Rosedale, North Shore (http://www.glaze.co.nz/craft-art-classes/polymer-clay-classes/polymer-clay-intro-class.html) and at the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna (http://www.lakehousearts.org.nz/calendar/adult-weekend-workshops)

17 March 2014

Spring Trio selected for International Polymer Clay Awards Exhibition

Spring Trio
One of my three entries in the International Polymer Clay Awards 2014 has been selected by the jurors for the International Polymer Clay Awards Exhibition. This selection will also be evaluated by the jurors for 'Best in Show' and IPCA members for 'Members Favourite'. The photo exhibition will be displayed and prizes awarded at the Eurosynergy Conference in Malta on 30 April.
I am so excited that I will actually be going to the conference in person, so I will be able to see the exhibition and be present when the awards are announced and presented.

14 March 2014

A big thank you to CreativeNZ

I am thrilled to learn today that my grant application to CreativeNZ, has been successful, to cover travel costs to Malta to attend EuroSynergy 2014. This will be such a fantastic opportunity for me to meet and learn from the polymer clay masters, who will be presenting at this international polymer clay conference.

So I just want to express my thanks to CreativeNZ, for enabling this to happen, I am so grateful and excited about this forthcoming event.