Meet Our Artists
After a sell-out success at Artisans in the Gardens
for the past three years, Arenaria is a favourite with their beloved wombats. David and Dennis are South Coast based sculptors working mainly with Bundanoon and other local sandstones. Self-taught and constantly learning and evolving, they are inspired by nature and the infinite variety of colour, forms and textures in Australian sandstone. The sculptors use a number of carving techniques but let the unique features of the stone guide them to release the magic within.
Barbara’s introduction to clay came somewhat late in life under the mentorship of the late ceramic artist, Pamela Webster in New Zealand. After a transatlantic shift, Barbara found her own niche by adopting but adapting Pamela’s bird-making mantle. However she has found the application of different hands produce quite contrastive results, and also the challenge of hand-building has its own surprises, tinged with fun and frustration! Barbara notes that while each bird looks similar when first finished, it is the application of a vibrant colour palette that creates the unique features particular to each one.
Julianne's ceramic magpies are raku fired which gives them the intense blacks & rich glazed crackle surfaces, ensuring that no two are alike. She starts by making each bird in a mould and then carving and manipulating them to give each of them their own unique personality. Julianne loves the element of surprise, the moment in time when it suddenly becomes evident that what is before you is not real, it is man-made. This is an aspect she loves about her work and she aims to play with this illusion by placing her ceramic birds in an expected natural environment.