Open Studio – Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May , 261 School Road, 10am – 5pm
For many artists, experimentation with processes or materials is essential to their creative practice. For a few however, experimentation is not just a means to an end but is the conceptual basis of their art works.
A self-confessed glaze junkie, Karuna freely admits that for her work it’s all about the surface. “I love the infinite possibilities within the surfaces of ceramics – that layer just below and just above the clay.”
Primarily self-taught, in 2004 Karuna enrolled in a long-distance 2 year Glaze Technology paper and while studying, continued to work in the studio alongside her husband, contemporary Maori ceramic artist Todd Douglas.
In 2012, Karuna began translating her love and knowledge of glazes and surfaces into artwork, using 3-dimensional architectural tiles to explore the macro of landscapes to the minutiae of surface.
A deep interest in the natural sciences, geology and cosmology coupled with living in a dynamic, coastal landscape has inspired work that evokes a unique sense of place either through the use of texture and colour, or from using a painterly approach.
“I’m incredibly lucky to both live and work in the bush but so close to the ocean. I’m surrounded by visual stimulation. Vibrant green bush, frothing waves, endless black sands, expansive blue/green/grey ocean, towering black lava formations, and of course the amazing pink/orange/gold sunsets … I think you get the picture.”
In 2013 Karuna published in the international ceramics magazine, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, outlining the kaupapa behind her development of Todd’s acclaimed pounamu glazes.
1st Ceramics Award – 2013 New Zealand Easter Show
Alien Intruders, Wallace Arts Trust Collection, Pah Homestead, Auckland
(Collaboration with Todd Douglas) – On permanent display in front garden
2014 Maori Art Market, TSB Events Centre, Wellington
2014 Art Fusions, Carmel College, Auckland
2014 Matariki Art Market, Auckland Museum
2014 Ngapuhi Art Exhibition – Kaikohe, Far North
2013/2014 Sculpture in the Gardens – Auckland Botanic Gardens, Auckland
2013 Nga Hoe o Waka – Ipipiri Gallery, Paihia
2013 Atamira – Shed 10, Auckland
2013 Matariki Art Market – Auckland Museum, Auckland
2013 Muriwai Arts Exhibition – Muriwai Beach
2013 Aho Whenua – Pataka Museum, Porirua
2012 Ruaumoko – Ta Moko Studio, Auckland
Infinite Shades of Green – A Glaze Story, Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 521, April 2013.
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