Kirsty Gardiner ~ Ceramic Artist, Wairarapa,
My work is influenced by Museum Collections and objects collected over time. I like to think of my work as a trans-cultural mix of myths, ceramic archetypes, historical influences and extinct birds.
My most important acheivements are:
2006 Solo Exhibition "Secret Theatre" Reform Gallery
2007 Solo Exhibition "Fetish" Aratoi, Masterton
2009 Solo Exhibition "Secrets-a-Jar" Aratoi, Masterton
2010 Premier Award The Portage Ceramic Awards
2011 Merit Award The Portage Ceramic Awards
2012-2013 Touring Show, Portmanteau: A Cabinet of Curiosities at Aratoi Masterton, Expressions Upper Hutt, Te Manawa Palmerston North
2013 NZ Potters National Exhibition
2013 Finalist Wallace Awards
2013 Finalist The Portage Awards
2013 Premier Award, The Wairarapa Review, sponsored by the Friends of Aratoi
2014 Finalist Wallace Awards
2014 Finalist The Portage Awards
2015 Excellence Award NZSP "Elements" Exhibition
2016 Honourable Mention in The Portage Ceramic Awards
2016 Finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards
2016 Wellington Art Review. Expressions. Upper Hutt
2017 Shapeshifter. The Dowse. Lower Hutt
2017 Wairarapa Art Review. Aratoi. Masterton
2018 Solo Exhibition. Remnants, Remains. Aratoi Masterton.
2017 Non functional Award, NZSP National Exhibition, Quartz Gallery Whanganui
2013 The Wairarapa Review
2011 Portage Ceramic Awards
2010 Portage Ceramic Awards
Kirsty with the work that won her the Premier Award in
The Wairarapa Review, 2013, sponsored by the Friends of Aratoi Museum of Art & History
2010’s Portage Ceramic Awards judge, Australian ceramic artist Stephen Bowers says Kirsty Gardiner’s work won because it was distinctly imaginative and well realised.
‘It takes a classic vase-shaped urn and then, literally, opens it up, to reveal a strange and delicate inner world. It shows the narrative, illustrative side of clay. It is like a 3D illustration, a miniature model of a scene from surreal, perhaps slightly gothic and unsettling fantasy story. It references dreams, science, museums, laboratories, mummy jars, collections, nature and metamorphosis (amongst other things). It is quite an intriguing piece, like something straight out of an adult fairy tale."
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