Reflecting glorious moments

By Cloe Willetts

Raumati South artist with some of her clay and glaze creations for this weekend's Glorious exhibition.
Raumati South artist with some of her clay and glaze creations for this weekend's Glorious exhibition.

They're all women having glorious moments.
Debbie Pointon

An exhibition reflecting the glorious moments in life launches in Wellington this week, courtesy of Raumati South's Debbie Pointon.

Glorious, an exhibition featuring new and inspiring works by multimedia artist Debbie and popular Wellington artist Di Conway, is running for a week at the Academy Galleries, located on Queens Wharf.

Opening this Friday evening at 5.30pm, Glorious invites art enthusiasts to come and witness Debbie's reconnection with clay, after years away from the intricate creative method.

"The name Glorious reflects all the glorious moment of our lives and there's an incredible amount of these moments, if you just look for them," she said.

For Debbie, her "gloriousness" is in reconnecting with clay and glaze, which she loved being fully immersed in as an artist for 10 years, from 2000.

"My inner voice said to go back to where I left off, which was back when I won the Academy Art Award for my Women series.

"So I've gone back to that as a dominator."

As a result, her series for Glorious features all women.

"It's all the same woman and the same body.

"They've come off the same mold I did back then, but I've developed them and each one is different."

According to Debbie, who has gained recognition for her enchanting and innovative multimedia works, crackle glaze was the springboard for her latest project.

"I've experimented with crackle glazes again, because my love back in the late 70s and early 80s was a shino glaze, which is a beautiful Japanese crackle glaze."

The concept for her works, which combine mysticism and traditional elegance, were also inspired by a series she created in 2004, titled China Rose.

"I bought a little old kiln from a lady in the Wairarapa and with it came a whole bunch of China transfers that go on teacups, which I used as part of that series.

"I've done a similar process for this series, with some screen printed onto the raw clay."

In addition to her usual themes of wheels and roses, Debbie has used gold leaf in some of the works, which showcase 16 women, including mermaids.

Along with combining some of her popular box art pieces in the exhibition, Debbie's work will accompany Di's well-known roly-poly women, made with clay.

"They're all women having glorious moments."

Glorious is running daily between 10am and 5pm, from Saturday, December 9 to Sunday, December 17, at Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington

- Kapiti News

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