Room with a View

Room with a View

It takes a while to work up the courage to hack into the brand new tin walls of the workshop. I had to figure out where to put the windows and how to configure the 6 individual sashes that I had bought off TradeMe. My builder, Rudolph, helped immensely by milling the timber for the frame at his workshop. My job was to assemble the frames, frame up the holes,…

Exhibition at The Vivian Gallery

Exhibition at The Vivian Gallery

Charade is taking part in an exhibition curated by Bronwynne Cornish at The Vivian Gallery in Matakana, opening this coming Saturday 24th September. Artist’s Statement My work for this show has evolved from a question of our relationship to place, whenua (land); how do we honour and protect where we live? The second biggest gold mining company in the world is investigating the land surrounding the area where I live. The…

Latest Firing

Latest Firing

We had a successful firing last week, a chance to burn out the cobwebs in the kiln and test a range of clay experiments. Rose helped out with the firing and also got some lovely pieces out. The firing took 13.5 hours and I used the new Chinese silicon carbide shelves (which worked well). It’s been great to have a studio space next to the kiln, so handy to sort…

Consent Granted

Consent Granted

It was like being back in school, or sitting your driving test. The inspector was booked for 1pm Tuesday and although my head said my new shed should pass, I did fret that some important and completely overlooked detail would de-rail my shed plans. In the end it was swift, painless and the consent was granted with more talk about our appalling weather and how to deal with overflowing drains…

Walls and a Door

Walls and a Door

The weather played up as expected and made the job of attaching the tin that much harder. I’d thought my days of stomping around in the mud were over, but no, I was the ‘lucky’ guy positioned at the bottom of the sheets making sure they were level and screw fixing the bottom edge. That meant my boots got heavier by the minute as vast clumps of clay accumulated on…

Roof on

Roof on

Despite all the interruptions of schedules and the weather packing up we’ve managed to get the roof tin on and one wall. My theory was that cladding the building would be quick and done by the end of last week, but life and autumn rain has delayed progress – and power cuts that prevented batteries being charged! I’m hopeful that sometime next week the last sheet of tin will be…

Framed Up

Framed Up

As predicted the pace of the build took off once all the slow tediousness of foundations were out of the way. Everyday a major section of the shed was built; Monday the plywood floor was laid, Tuesday the rafters were cut into the poles, Wednesday the purlins were hung off the rafters, Thursday the wall girts along the long side were installed and finally on Friday the gable end girts…

Out of the Ground

Out of the Ground

My pole holes passed the council inspection, despite the best efforts of the weather, torrential rain two days before meant a lot of extra work draining the holes and cleaning them out yet again. Then all the wood arrived and a mate from down the road helped out with his digger, hauling the poles up to the site and plonking them into the holes. Rudolph then came the next day…

Digging the Foundations

Digging the Foundations

Finally I’m underway with digging the foundations for the pottery studio/storage shed. The building consent came through at the end of February and my builder Rudolph set out the profiles in early April, then the Bobcat came in and started drilling the holes. I managed to hit huge rocks, a septic tank outflow line and the phone cable (luckily not the power!). So that has meant an extra week of…

Exhibition at Front Room Gallery

Exhibition at Front Room Gallery

Front Room Gallery Opening 2nd April, 1pm to 4pm Runs to 10th April. 300 Pt Chevalier Road, Auckland For this exhibition both Charade and I are looking at ideas around containment. Charade has a body of work that she made for her Otago Polytechnic School of Art Post Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts course, which focuses on the concept of a box, one that carries concerns on its surface and…