The Rick Rudd Foundation Annual Installation 2017 - 2018
Post date: 22-Oct-2017 23:43:53
The Underwater Wonderland of Owen Bartlett
What lays on the seabed in the ocean of make believe?
A passion for scuba-diving and a long term interest in the fascinating forms created by eroding rock, corral, lava and shell has led to this current series of ceramic works.
Many of the forms are cone-shaped. This has something to do with Oceanic Vulcanology. There are many more volcanoes under the sea then there are above it.
I enjoy using clay to create pieces that hint at being something they are not. I do not want to make exact replicas of the things nature does so well, but would like the viewer to make their own connection between what they see and what thoughts the essence of the pieces trigger for them.
There are a wide variety of techniques used to create these pieces - wheel thrown, coiled, slab built, slip cast, sand blasted and aerated. All of the works are made from white earthenware clay and fired in an electric kiln to 1180 degrees centigrade.
Born in Nelson in 1968. Owen was raised in Richmond, near Nelson, where he enjoyed a marvelous childhood of fishing, gardening, playing with sticks and partaking in every sport going. With his brother as worthy opposition, many a cricket test was played on the back lawn of their family home, which was orange with a green roof.
He attended school on nearly all occasions and in the winter liked to be the first there so that on his way he had the whole untouched sports filed to scuff patterns in the frost.
After doing a little clay work in the final year of school, Owen managed to get work in the pottery studio of Peter Gibbs and Julie Warren. From there he moved to work and train with Royce McGlashen in Brightwater, Nelson.
After five years at the McGlashen Pottery Owen went to see the world, working in a pottery in Yorkshire in England, teaching pottery in Connecticut, USA and working in the hosiery department at Harrods in London.
On his return to New Zealand in 1997 the Owen Bartlett Pottery was established. Owen produces a range of hand made, designer tableware and some limited edition sculptural clay art pieces fro exhibitions and competitions.
in 1998 he met Katie Gold, who is a clay artist of some note, and in 2000 they purchased a 100 year old house in Upper Moutere Village, where they share a studio and gallery. The house is white with a blue roof and there is over an acre of garden with about 200 roses. Their two marvelous cats and a cheeky little dog live there to, and they plan to live happily ever after.