Amanda Brooking and Della Goodinson – Pot, Paper and Print
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Sat 20 Apr 2019, 02:00 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019, 04:00 pm
Fo Guang Yuan Gallery
22 Harakeke Street Riccarton
Free Entry Event, Visual Arts, Exhibitions, Crafts
Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking
Ceramicist and printmaker Amanda Brooking and potter/ceramicist Della Goodinson have known one another for more than 25 years and are currently exhibiting and collaborating on ceramic works at Fo Guang Yuan Gallery. Both have a background in Studio pottery. Goodinson tracks her development as a potter through three teachers: Shona Clarkson who introduced her to the practice of pottery, Frederika Ernstein, encouraging her to seriously critique her work, and Tatyanna Meharry who, in contrast, taught her to ‘loosen up’ again.
Their exhibition, Course of Existence. Pot Paper Print, is due to a visit by Goodinson to the Fo Guang Yuan Gallery. Impressed by the pottery in its cafe, she spoke with staff, leading to her agreeing to exhibit and asking Brooking to participate, filling the gallery’s walls with her prints.
Brooking graduated from the Otago School of Art in 1987, tutored in ceramics by Laurence Hewick, Christine Boswijk and Neil Grant, she majored in printmaking. She describes her practice as grounded in the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, acknowledging the beauty and value of the incomplete and imperfect. It is about ‘my meaning and my place in the world. The work, for me, has always been about the course of existence and existential themes.’
In collaborative ceramic vessels, Brooking’s lino-cut stamp has been imbedded into pieces turned by Goodinson. Both made the glazes and Goodinson says that when the vessels were fired, ‘they all had a gold band. Amanda had been working with gold and no matter what combination we had - all of them had this gold band around them.’
Amanda Brooking and Della Goodinson, Course of Existence. Pot Paper Print, Fo Guan Yuan Gallery, 2 Harakeke Street, Christchurch 8011
1. Della Goodinson, Stoneware Mug, 2019
2. Amanda Brooking, II of VII Series Pukanui – ‘Puka’ Matai – ‘Black Pine’ Kuripaka/Wheti-Ponga , (detail) 2019, monoprint