ment professionals and architects, with the gallery and the art centres. Dubai is a vibrant growing city but it is difficult to just go there and sell work. Artists like other businesses need to forge relation- ships and networks there to gain access to the market. We have established an ongoing relationship that can be built on. I am sure further visits will eventu- ate it is difficult to ignore the energy emanating from the place.
We did have time for some sight seeing. A trip on an abra up the Dubai Creek from where we could look at amaz- ing modern architecture juxtaposed with traditional dhows loaded with goods bound for countries around the gulf. We wandered through the souks where you can buy anything from frankincense to Viagra. 뻘e gaudy gold souk with shop after shop dripping with 23-carat chains bracelets takes Kitsch to another level. We had drinks by the sea and listened to the mussein calling the faithful to prayer as we downed our pina coladas and drove through the new marina area and its countless high rise developments gasping in disbelief at the extent of the development. After the exhibition we went on an waddi bash driving in 4wds through the stark ancient mountains to a quiet spot away from the organized tour groups and swam in a subterranean pool which appeared from nowhere amongst the lime stone formations.
Marsh and Anne went on to Oman for a few days. You can now visit Oman by road if you have a visit visa to Dubai. One of the main aims of the trip was to visit the potteries of Bahla, near the beautiful town of Nizwa with its lovely old forts and markets. Anne has had an etching of one of these potteries for many years. With the help of two ladies who shut up their shops and showed us the way, we found the old potteries. 뻘ey have large kilns traditionally fired
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Last week I went north to Kaeo with Stewart Newby and his cameraman mate Bob to talk to Richard Parker about his work. Stewart is on a mission to capture as much as possible of contemporary NZ ceramics on DVD for future reference. He’s doing it all out of his own pocket and hopes that once the series of 4 to 6 DVDs is completed, he will be able to sell enough to cover costs, and any profits will come to the ASP. So far we have done interviews with, or filmed in action, Richard, Chester Nealie, Duncan, and Chris Weaver. 뻘ere are odd shots of my brick work, and most importantly he is putting together a DVD focussed on Warren Tippett
friends reminiscing and shots of his
work in private collections. 뻘is is a fantastic project and one that everyone should support. When it is complete, get in and buy the set – they won’t be hugely expensive but there are costs to be met. 뻘e best thing about it all is that there will be a record of potters and their pots in 2006 that will be of immense value in the future. He is busy uncovering old footage of potters in action as well, from sources like TVNZ, Unitec and people’s personal film archives – there are some classics of the 70s era, all black beards and stubbies (and I can hear you all saying – “and that’s just the women” but I will resist that).
I came back from the north and went straight to Coromandel with Eun Kyung Choi, a Professor of Sculpture at a Women’s University in Seoul. Her work is on the excellent web-site: www. ekchoi.org and features ceramics for the smaller pieces, and huge stainless steel and fibreglass work set in public spaces around Seoul. Very impressive stuff. Not sure why she chose to come to Auckland but seemed to be counting on a summer working holiday because when I met her off the plane she was very surprised to find the NZ summer so cold. We had to go clothes shopping first thing.
Barry Brickell was in good form and seems to have another kiln to play with every time I visit. 뻘is time it was a small (5 cuft) updraught oil/water kiln that he seemed happy with. His trains were full and his kilns too. 뻘e glass furnace has closed for the winter, but the brick kiln is churning out his boutique bricks.
There is a must-see exhibition at Anna Bibby’s gallery in Morgan St,
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