23 Feb - 19 March 2016
preview sunday 21 Feb 3-5pm
hold - verb (used with object), to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp.
Our first show of the year explores the relationship between the vessel and the hand, highlighting the resurgence of focus on the importance of the makers hand in contemporary creative practice.
Vanessa Arthur is fresh from her time as a mentee in Peter Deckers groundbreaking mentoring programme Handshake. The programme has given Vanessa inspiration through mentor David Neale (Australia) and her current focus explores vessel making within a jewellery context.
Stephen Bradbourne's recent collaborations with Emily Siddell have inspired a new approach to vessel making and grouping works which he continues here in Hold.
Fellow glass artist Isaac Katzoff's current interest in evoking the molten quality of hot glass making in his resulting 'soft' works that encourage further tactility in an already alluring material.
Jieun Kim, a recent (and one of the final) graduates from Unitec's now defunct Contemporary Craft course creates small fine porcelain vessels that focus intimately on the role and remnants of the makers hand in contemporary ceramics.