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Art On A Box And Tulipieres

Art On A Box And Tulipieres
log shelves, Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

This is one of shelves that Ronnie built with logs and glass.

This year’s Mud Trail aka Northern Rivers Open Studios aka Australian Ceramics Open Studios has come and gone.  It was a great success, lots of fun, and ultimately a good experience.

We decided on a theme of Food and Flowers.  Tara is a florist (her day job!) so her ability to arrange flowers was apparent- it looked so professional!

reclaimed clay, dinner set, Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

Lots of ceramics and lots of flowers!

We made lots of vessels for displaying flowers and plants and this definitely made me move to a new style of work.  I made a lot of tulipieres – Originally made by Delft – such fun!

Delft Tulipiere

I made a version of this piece:

tulipiere, Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

This was my biggest and best tulipiere. Thanks Lyndall for the great photo. It looks even better with flowers!

Tara filled it with flowers and it was just spectacular!

tulipiere, Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

Tulipiere with flowers.

Here’s a pictorial review of the weekend.

I have to say one of the highlights for me was working with Tara Dyson-Holland, a friend/artist/ceramic artist.

Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

Tara Dyson-Holland checking on her fired pieces.

Her studio was recently destroyed in the Murwillumbah Flood of 2017- completely under water.  She lost all of her work…her painting, her ceramics, the last 3 years of her creative life.

In an effort to heal and get past this horrible ordeal, Tara started making art on discarded boxes – 100 boxes in 100 days.

reclaimed clay, dinner set, Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

People could choose a box that Tara had decorated to put their purchase in.

As a result, she placed her boxes as an art installation at my studio, with a written explanation of the process, her thoughts.

reclaimed clay, dinner set, Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

100 Boxes in a 100 Days – Art Installation by Tara Dyson-Holland.

When someone purchased a piece of ceramics, they were “gifted” one of Tara’s painted boxes to house their piece.  Everyone loved it!

reclaimed clay, dinner set, Mud Trail 2017, australian ceramics open studio 2017, australian ceramiics, marian williams pottery, tara dyson-holland

A beautiful piece in a hand decorated box!

And one of the best parts was hearing Tara say that talking with people at the Open Studio weekend made her realize that “she’s over it” … she has healed and has now moved past her loss.

Art is the great healer.  Art is great therapy.  Art is life.  Or is it that life is Art?  It’s all the same to me.

Peace out,

Marian

Written by Marian Williams

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