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Kirsty Gardiner ceramics

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Kirsty Gardiner
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
4 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017

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In January 2017 Zimmerman continues our summer holiday exhibition of the delightful ceramic works of Kirsty Gardiner.

Among the exquisitely crafted works Gardiner has released for this exhibition are a variety of wall-mounted ceramic huia.  The works are an ongoing tribute by the artist to the memory of the beautiful extinct bird.

Gardiner’s ceramic works echo the measurements of huia specimens, even down to the male and female beaks (the female has a longer, more curved beak).

Recent ceramic huia arrivals at ZIMMERMAN feature a variety of textures, embellishments and glazes, including the pair in the featured image (the male measures 310 x 60 x 50 mm, and the female 350 x 60 x 50 mm).

Installations of Gardiner's huia works have featured in a number of public exhibitions, including at Aratoi (Masterton), Expressions (Upper Hutt), Shapeshifter (Lower Hutt), Te Manawa (Palmerston North) and as one of the finalists in the 2016 Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards 3D (Whakatane).

Kirsty Gardiner: Brief artist’s bio

Gardiner’s ceramic sculptures are influenced by her childhood, natural history, and the collections with which Gardiner came into contact while working as a gallery technician at Aratoi Museum of Art and History in Masterton.

Gardiner’s works have been selected multiple times for The Portage Ceramic Awards, New Zealand’s most prestigious ceramics prize. Last year Gardiner’s work received an Honourable Mention at the Portage Awards, and in 2010 Gardiner’s work secured the Premier Award. 

Gardiner’s work has also twice been selected for the James Wallace Art Awards, and in 2013 Gardiner was the winner of the Friends of Aratoi Award.


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