Chris Pittard Red Chair Event

Chris_Pittard_Ceramic_3_s

Last night was one of those cold wet Melbourne winter nights, when the most appealing thing is to snuggle up beside the fire.  I did think about not going to the Red Chair Event at Montsalvat. But Chris Pittard, winner of the 2010 Nillumbik Art Prize, was the speaker and I've been wanting to meet him ever since his win was announced last year.  So I wrapped myself up in a scarf, coat and hat and braved the weather.  I'm so glad I did.  Chris is a very engaging speaker. He skillfully navigated around a history of his work. I shouldn't have been surprised to discover that he began his artist life painting in oils. He loves it.  Had he not met and married potter, Mary-Lou, he may never have moved into the area of ceramics.  He freely admits that she taught him everything he knows.

His larger works are more often than not, coiled pots. He allows the process to determine the shape. Once complete the painting can begin. That's where Chris's first love really kicks in. He won the Nillumbik prize with a large pot painted with a circus theme. The details of some of the pots shown here also explore that theme. The painting encourages the eye to move right around the pot. There are often surprises painted in the interior of the pot or bowl.

Chris_Pittard_Ceramic_2_s

He says that winning the prize in itself didn't alter his work, but what happened as a result did.  In his case, the prize meant that a trip to Perugia in Italy was possible. While there, a visit to Deruta's museum of the history of ceramics in the area, is an experience still reverberating through his work.  He showed a work he had painted depicting the tower at Kangaroo Ground and I swear that when I first saw it, I thought he must have done it in Italy, so strong is the influence.

Chris and Mary-Lou have a studio and gallery in Eltham.  They are part of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studio's Program so will be open to the public again in November. Both Chris and Mary-Lou participated in the Mudka exhibition earlier this year.

Chris_Pittard_ceramic_1_s

Chris_Pittard_ceramic_5_s

Chris_Pittard_Red_Chair_Event_s

Red Chair event is gaining momentum.  There are regular attendees, who organizer Irene Pagram suggests are guilded on to the seats.  Last night saw lots of new faces eager to 'hear from the artist himself'.  It's a great initiative by a local council that truly values its artistic roots.  Red Chair Event takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. For details of upcoming speakers go to the Nillumbik Shire website

Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Fu Hong

Fu Hong - a Retrospective Exhibition FU Hong Window I, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm. (Photograph courtesy of the artist) The above painting is one of many being exhibited in the… More…

Violins, flutes and Japanese Ink painting.

David Brown... violin maker, Shakuhachi flute maker and Sumi-e painter... Yes that's right, one artist, many skills. Add an Aikido master with 6th dan to that already impressive… More…

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas Sue enjoys nothing more than playing around with textile ideas in her tiny studio at Montsalvat. She shares the studio with her daughter Amy Skipper, grand daughter of… More…

New Montsalvat Studio for Jeanette Dyke

New Montsalvat Studio for Jeanette Dyke I'm pretty happy working from home at my little piece of Warrandyte heaven, but I have to admit that this workspace did have me feeling… More…

Stonework and sculptural details.

Stonework and sculptural details. On my first visit to Montsalvat, I noticed the big picture. The buildings, the large sculptures, the steps, stairs and pathways. The things that… More…

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper 1922-2011 I wish I'd met Matcham Skipper. His farewell gave me a glimpse of him. Whistler, story teller, father of many. I've seen his work of… More…

Montsalvat extension

Montsalvat Extension As I suspected, a Month in Montsalvat just wasn't enough. It officially ends today but I still want to bring you a special tribute to Matcham Skipper, a piece… More…

Beyond the Trees

Beyond the Trees- A celebration of Thomas Lloyd Guitars. A guitar is shaped like the body of a beautiful woman. All sensuous curves and smooth 'skin'. Any wonder that they're… More…

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat.

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat. Dena Ashbolt is Montsalvat's latest artist in residence. She arrived there over a week ago and will be there for six weeks in all.… More…

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist The great news from Montsalvat is that more studios have been made available for new artists to join the arts community there. Before Christmas I… More…

Lyndal Walker

Lyndal Walker How audacious of me to take a photo of a photographic artist. I cant help myself though. As you see, Lyndal Walker, photographer and latest Artist in Residence at… More…

Liz Nettleton

Liz Nettleton I came across Liz's work at the exhibition Symbols of Loss and Recovery at Montsalvat. So I hopped in my car yesterday and headed out to her studio at Hurstbridge to… More…

Engaging Form

Engaging Form Maria Vanhees, More Than Skin-Deep ll, earthenware, press-mould and coil built, soda fired, H47 x W53 x D34cm. 2009 (detail) Feast your eyes on these examples from… More…

"Urge" -A Celebration

"Urge"- A Celebration The night after Susan Reddrop delivered her work to the MARS Gallery for this exhibition, she delivered another precious gift to the world. That night, her… More…

Big, bold, brave woman!

Bold, brave woman! Susan Reddrop Sue Thomas warned me that I'd be mesmerised by Susan Reddrop's stunning aqua blue eyes. She got that right! I've never seen eyes that colour… More…

Chair of the Board-Morag Fraser

Chair of the Board- Morag Fraser It's true to say that over the last month and a bit, I've fallen completely and utterly in love with Montsalvat. If you've read the Montsalvat… More…

A Month in Montsalvat

A Month in Montsalvat Here's the scoop! Over the next month, I'll be bringing you the latest from Montsalvat in Eltham. Exhibitions, artists, classes, the works. I had the best… More…

Textures

Textures While at Montsalvat today this selection of textures took my eye. Every time I go there I see something I haven't noticed before and I'm inspired to get my camera out all… More…

Kavisha and La Voce Della Luna

Kavisha and La Voce Della Luna I need some new superlatives. A quick check of my trusty Thesaurus and I found some new words for magnificent... sublime, splendid, splendorous,… More…

Susan Reddrop cont...

Susan Reddrop cont... (Front) Theses photos came in today from Susan Reddrop. Another great piece. Here's a commentary in her own words... "called 'Table Ornament for… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.