The Assassination of Mr Tui by the Coward white-backed Magpie is in a series works using themes from Western Movies to express a conservation message about the threat to our native birds from introduced species. The strapline from the movie “The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford” which I am referencing here states “…But the greatest threat to his life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most”* Universal Pictures.
Punk Rococo: An apple and a flower is based on a 19th century Rococo-Revival Old Paris vase that took my fancy long before I began seriously working with clay. The artisans of Paris of the time appealed to their bourgeois clientele with a romantic view of what had gone before using lush ornate gilding and sumptuous decoration. Many stories were told in this way and my story on this piece is of an apple and a flower.
"Ode to a Grecian Urn - All things must pass" by Chuck Joseph is the Premier Award winning work in "the Vessel - rethinking Function". Designed by John Parker and judged by James Parkinson, the Auckland Studio Potters Exhibition 2015 is at Allpress Gallery, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay, 25th June - 5th July.
John Parker is talking on 23rd May 2015 at 2pm at Te Uru Titirangi Auckland and at 3pm there is free film showing of the Barry Brickell film "the Last Fatso"Read More
Curated by John Parker Five by Five brings together work from five artists — Kate Fitzharris, Tessa Laird, Kate Newby, Louise Rive and Suji Park — who each straddle the divide between craft and fine arts, promising to again challenge perceptions about what can be said about clay, with clay.Read More
In the Barry Hopkins Gallery, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga O Waikato, "A Friend in Deed" until 26 January 2015, is Chuck Joseph's well-travelled work TOY SOLDIERS Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau 1868.Read More
Excerpt from Moyra Elliott's review of the Portage Ceramic Awards 2014 as judged by Takeshi Yasuda.
"Rive’s winning work was one of her three entries that were included in the show and all were stunning in their vibrancy and execution. The Space Between, a figurative work about, as she put it, an ongoing conversation with self, was a depiction of photographer Diane Arbus’ quote that attempted to describe the gap between who someone is and who they think they are. This may seem a little weighty for aceramics but it is skilfully illustrated by the hard-to-read expression on the larger figure’s face – was it derisive, distrusting, disconcerted or simply grieved? The mien is almost passive and that mouth – neither smiling nor scornful but also not relaxed gives but little away. Looking down, perhaps pensively, at the drooping figure of herself she clasps in her hand, the space between is immeasurable. It’s a deserving win."
'Emotionally compelling work' wins top ceramic award
Hartill Communications, FuseworksNovember 7, 2014, 10:02 am
Established ceramic artist Louise Rive has won the country’s top ceramic honour, the 2014 Premier Portage Award for her figurative work, The Space Between.Read More
This work is in the Trusts Portage Ceramics Awards touring exhibition 2013/14, developed by Lopdell House Gallery and showing at the Te Awamutu Museum Gallery 15 November 2013 - 19 January 2014.
MOTHER AND CHILD by Louise Rive.
Merit Award Winner 2013 - Fire and Clay, Pah Homestead, Hillsborough, Auckland.
12 September 2013
"TOY SOLDIERS Von Tempsky and the Hau hau" has been accepted by one of Europe’s most important competitions for ceramics. The Sparkasse Talent Award. Held in the KERAMIKMUSEUM WESTERWALD in Hohr Grenzhausen – a historic salt-glaze centre, the competition centres upon a different subject each time. This time it was on THE FIGURE - SCULPTURE IN CERAMICS. There was an international jury of five from Germany, Great Britain and the USA.