Saturday, April 10, 2010
Exhibition at Gallery On Blueskin is Going Well!
On Thursday evening we had the opening of my exhibition of crystal glazed pots at Gallery on Blueskin, Waitati, near Dunedin. As can be imagined from previous posts, and my silence for the last few days, it was a very busy period getting the work ready for the exhibition.
Sorting out which pots to send to the exhibition was a bit of a challenge. I found that the best way was to put all the pots together on our old post office counter, and arrange them in colour groups. The effect of so many pots together like that was rather horrid, but as I progressively remove pots that appeared not to fit in for one reason or another, I began to see that I did have an exhibition after all. I was surprised with how many pots I had managed to fire and was able to select 29 of them for the show.
I hate pricing work, and I was exhausted. Poor Louise, who runs the gallery, had to cope with my dithering and negativity as she sorted out the prices. She gave me a coffee, and made me sit on a chair, and made a good job of it in spite of me, and the pots that seem to be selling are mostly in the middle to upper middle price range so far, which probably indicates that they are priced about right.
Louise also arranged the work, and put up two displays of some macro photographs I have taken of the glazes. Nicky, who also works at the gallery, did the catering for the opening, and Laura and I are very thankful for her efforts with that, she did a great job, and it took a big load off our shoulders.
The opening was lovely and we were well supported by friends who made the effort to turn up on a cold autumnal feeling evening. I usually feel a bit nervous at openings, but there seemed to be a very positive and happy feeling about this one, that made it enjoyable. There is not a lot of crystal glazing going on around here, and people were very curious about the process, and I answered lots of questions throughout the evening.
I was pleased to see the exhibition mentioned in the Otago Daily Times, and their reviewer also visited the gallery before the opening to look at the work so we are expecting something about it in the paper later in the week. Bill Campbell, who runs the East Otago Review newspaper in Palmerston almost single handed, also attended the opening and took photos. Bill does a terrific job of collecting and publishing local news stories, and is the hardest working man that I know, so I always am hugely thankful when he makes the effort to turn up to an evening opening when he probably should be enjoying a well deserved rest in front of the fire.
I took my camera to the gallery with the intention of getting some photos of the opening, but was too busy talking to people and answering questions about the work to take photos until after people had gone home. I filmed a short video clip, and I have added some still photos to it to include all the pieces at the exhibition as a little slide show. The quality of the video won't be that great on line, but I hope it gives an impression of the exhibition to those of you who would have liked to have been there.
I am looking forward to getting back to more work soon. I really want to do some throwing on the wheel, and have some bigger pieces in mind.