Thursday, November 22, 2018

Second Award for 'Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud'

Just found out that as well as selling my sculpture, Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud, it has won the 'Peoples Choice Award' at the Lake House Arts Centre's 'Members Merit Awards' exhibition. I am thrilled that it has won two awards but will be sorry to see it go.

You can see it in this earlier post

Monday, October 22, 2018

A beautiful day at Mission Bay

The weather was perfect today for this market, set by the beach at Mission Bay. My display was tightly packed, as I needed to clear my studio in preparation for a likely house move. I got a lot of positive feed back on my Swirl-StoNZ and it was a great day all round.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Labour Day Art & Craft Market at Mission Bay - 22 October 2018

The weather is looking good for this event. I will be selling Swirl-StoNZ and various other one-off original pieces on my 'Studio Clearance' table - come and get yourself a bargain!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Featured on The Daily Polymer Arts Blog - 28 september 2018

I look forward to seeing inspiring and different polymer clay work on The Daily Polymer Arts Blog. This morning I had quite a surprise, to see my own work featured. See here. This follows on from the 'Accomplished Artist' article from their magazine, in the previous post.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Featured in The Polymer Arts Magazine

So proud to have been featured in The Polymer Arts Magazine as an 'Accomplished Artist'. Just a shame I did not get to proof read the text before it went to print, as there are a couple of incorrect words, however the photos look great.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud

This piece won 1st prize in the 3-Dimensional category in the New Zealand National Mosaic Art Exhibition 2018.

Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud (6 views)

As you look round this spherical sculpture, you will see
  • The North and South Islands, with the main towns/cities in grey and the topography in shades of green.
  • The Auckland city skyline, with Sky Tower, and some yachts indicated by the white sails. Auckland is often called the 'City of Sails'. Rangitoto Island in tucked in the background
  • A sandy beach. There are so many beautiful beaches around New Zealand.
  • Mt. Cook and part of the Southern Alps, with one of the many beautiful blue lakes.
  • The top end of the 'long white cloud' forms into a spiral shape, reflecting the Maori 'koru' symbol. 

Aroha Nui (with afterglow)

Aroha Nui (with afterglow) - in daylight and darkness

This polymer mosaic is my first one to incorporate ‘glow-in-the-dark’ tiles. They outline the central heart shape when the lights go off, hence the reference to ‘afterglow’ in the title of the piece. Aroha Nui means ‘much love, with deep affection’ in Maori (the language spoken by the indigenous people of New Zealand).

Friday, September 7, 2018

New Zealand National Mosaic Art Exhibition - opening night and prize-giving

General view on the opening night

My two entries were Aroha Nui (with afterglow) and Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud. Now that the judging has taken place, I will post more details of each soon.

Aroha Nui (with afterglow)

Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud

So proud to have won an award, as this is the first time I have entered work in this exhibition.

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Zealand National Mosaic Art Exhibition 2018

I have just handed in my two pieces for this exhibition. Will post photos after the judging and opening night on Friday 7 September. The exhibition will run all through to 30 September at The Estuary Art Centre, Orewa.

Monday, August 13, 2018

New Zealand Mosaic Art Inc - New Website

The website for the New Zealand Mosaic Art Inc is now up and running:
You can see some of my polymer clay mosaics featured in the Member Gallery

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Annual Members Awards 2018 at the Estuary Arts Centre: 6 July - 5 August

Note: the last day of the exhibition is 5th August
(not 6th as shown on the poster)

Here is my main entry on the opening night:
'Mochacinno Swirl'

Friday, June 29, 2018

My latest sculpture - Mochacinno Swirl (with afterglow)

Mochacinno Swirl
in daylight and in the dark

This my latest sculpture, which is being entered in the Annual Members Merit Awards Group Exhibition at the Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa. The exhibition opens on 6 July and runs until 5 August 2018.

There will also be also be three of my Swirl-StoNZ pendants, including 'Prima', which was the very first one that I made.

          Prima                              Rainbow                     Midnight Fiesta

Friday, April 27, 2018

Cut in Colour Mosaic Exhibition - sale on the first day

I have entered one large picture, a sculpture and three brooches in this exhibition which is on throughout May at the estuary Arts Centre, Orewa.

Post Script: On attending the opening of this exhibition, I was thrilled to find out that my large mosaic picture, 'Watching the sunrise over Rangitoto', sold on the first day. 😊

Sphere of Happiness

This is my latest dot mosaic sculpture titled 'Sphere of Happiness'.

I was wanting to include words in this next sphere sculpture, which was inspired by a recent customer who requested yellow Swirl-StoNZ because, in colour therapy, yellow is for 'Happiness'. I have chosen to use shades of yellow and orange for the tiles and have included words associated with 'Happiness' by stamping individual letters on some of the circular tiles. You will find the following words spiraling around the sphere: Happy, Joy, Smile, Content, Love, Blessed, Delight, Laugh, Elation, Bliss, Hug, Fortunate, Radiant, Satisfaction, Pleasure, Well-being, Euphoric, Cheer, Enjoyment.

Sphere of Happiness

This piece is one of my entries in the 'Cut in Colour' Mosaic Exhibition, which will run from 2-27 May 2018 at the Estuary Art Centre, Orewa.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A fabulous day at Mission Bay

So lucky with the weather at Mission Bay Art and Craft Market today. It was sunny, sunny, sunny. No worries about rain and not very windy either. It might have been a bit too hot for some people but I was lucky to have my stall under the shade of a large Pohutukawa tree. Just perfect.
In addition to my Swirl-StoNZ, I also had a 'studio clearance' table set up with older items that I wanted to move on but it was the Swirl-StoNZ that attracted the most interest and sales. A busy but really enjoyable day out for me.

I got some very positive and useful feed back, which I will take on board, as I plan to invest more to give my Swirl-StoNZ display a more professional look for my next event.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 - The Year of the Swirl-StoNZ

I have decided to set just one goal for 2018 – and that is to continue developing my Swirl-StoNZ.

Following my successful launch of Swirl-StoNZ by Claire on 1st December 2017, there are several aspects I want to research/develop further, but the main aim is to make it a viable little craft business.

Sadly, this means that my dot mosaics will take a back seat, at least for this year, apart from creating a couple of pieces for the New Zealand Mosaic Art exhibition in September 2018. I really need to focus on one thing and I feel it needs to be the Swirl-StoNZ if I want to continue riding the wave of interest created at the end of last year.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and creative New Year – for me it will definitely be a ‘Swirly New Year’.