Ceramic birds on display

Christine Davey's ceramic birds titled "Feathers in Focus" will be exhibited alongside...
Christine Davey's ceramic birds titled "Feathers in Focus" will be exhibited alongside photographs at Stoddart Cottage Gallery in Diamond Harbour throughout November.
Sculptor Christine Davey was born and raised in Governors Bay and has always loved its prominent birdlife.

That love has inspired a display of ceramic birds titled Feathers in Focus which will be exhibited alongside photographs at Stoddart Cottage Gallery in Diamond Harbour throughout November.

Her home environment influences Davey’s art, whether it is the clay she uses, the design, or the firing process which may involve seaweed, shells or saltwater.

Davey is a ‘raku’ clay specialist as it suits her sculptural forms.

Said Davey: “I enjoy the excitement of the firing where your pieces are removed at a thousand degrees centigrade from a special kiln and placed into combustibles. At this stage the piece is so hot it is translucent, like molten glass.

“The metallic results are unpredictable but sometimes stunning, which keeps you returning to try for perfection.”

One of her raku pieces was purchased by the Canterbury Museum in 2010.

Davey is a former member of Mount Pleasant Pottery Group and current member of Halswell Pottery Group.

She helped establish a small pottery group in Governor’s Bay which has been running for 20 years.

Davey has entered several exhibitions and has many pieces in private collections, including the Peninsula Art Auction 2019.

Stoddart Cottage Gallery at 2 Waipapa Ave is the birthplace of well-known Canterbury impressionist Margaret Stoddart. It is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.

 

 

 

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