More Tiny Sculptures

Brendan’s Tiny Sculptures have proven to be very popular.  After completely selling out of the first batch he has made 6 more.  Click here to see more.


Elena Renker

Our first exhibition was to be in March, Elena had all her pots made in December, but with the fire ban in her area due to lack of rain, it is not possible to fire her kiln. With all the rain we have been having Elena has now manage to fire her kiln with good results. We will now be having her exhibition opening on
                                                Saturday 20th May.

Elena Renker Artist Statement

"I make my pots by cutting and carving a solid block of clay in very quick, gestural movements. Once the outside has firmed up I can then carve out the inside and shape the foot of the pot. I use various types of stoneware clays from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Korea and Japan. Each clay has a different colour and texture. The pots are then decorated with an iron oxide or an ash based slip and glazed in a Japanese shino style glaze.

Shino is a traditional Japanese glaze made from a local feldspar found in the Mino region. It became very popular with the Zen tea masters of the 16th century for theirceremonial wares. Shino’s white and brown surface has been compared to the lasttraces of winter snow, with the promise of spring in the air. I first became drawn to shino when I was searching for a glaze to suit a particular pot. Once I started experimenting with this glaze I became fascinated with its compelling nature. The crazing, the pin-holing and crawling, all factors normally considered glaze defects are what give the shino glaze its special character.

As we are unable to obtain the Japanese feldspars here, western potters have developed glaze formulas using available ingredients that mimic the nature of the Japanese shino. But it is really the interaction between the clay, the glaze and the fire that makes this glaze such a challenge for me. Using the same clay and glaze in the same firing cycle can produce completely different results.

When I first started working with this technique a few years ago my main focus was on making tea bowls. For me a tea bowl is a fascinating thing, an object of appreciation and contemplation. It allows a unique combination of functional and sculptural elements.  My aim in making a tea bowl is not perfection, on the contrary, it is the imperfections that make the bowl come alive, making it easier to relate to, it makes it more human. During my residency in Japan a couple of years ago I started to experiment making bigger pots, sake cups and bottles, vases etc.

In 2009 I build a wood fired kiln at my studio north of Auckland. I now fire most ofmy pots to 1300C for 15 to 18 hours in this kiln. I love the effect that the wood ash has on the shino glaze, the subtle colours and ash deposits."



















Work Featured in our Front Room Gallery

Below is a small selection of work that is in the gallery at present. If you are interested in purchasing any of the following items, send me an email to arrange payment and freight.

To see more work go to Brendan Adams Work page.






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  Height 10cm Width 10cm  $120

View

Height 11.5cm Width 11cm $95 

Over Crowding

Height 17cm Width 8cm $120

Yellow Sitting Man with Tree

Height 14cm Width 5cm  $95 

White Sitting Figure

Height 19cm Width 17cm $120

Red Sitting Figure

Height 13cm Width 12cm $105

Big Head

Height 12cm Width 7cm $105

Earth Texture Pointed Oval Shield 
Table

This wall sculpture is made from a clay that Brendan has specially formulated for sculptures. It is light and strong and he has fired it to 1200°C.  All the colours and decoration have been made from glazes and oxide so this sculpture can be hung both inside and out, sun or rain will not affect them.
Height 62cm Width 17cm  $380

Earth Texture Oval Shield
“Mountain"

This wall sculpture is made from a clay that Brendan has specially formulated for sculptures. It is light and strong and he has fired it to 1200°C. All the colours and decoration have been made from glazes and oxide so this sculpture can be hung both inside and out, sun or rain will not affect them.
Height 60cm Width 33cm $550

Earth Texture Oval Shield Medium
“Foundations"

This wall sculpture is made from a clay that Brendan has specially formulated for sculptures. It is light and strong and he has fired it to 1200°C. All the colours and decoration have been made from glazes and oxide so this sculpture can be hung both inside and out, sun or rain will not affect them.
Now at Piece Gallery go to piecegallery.co.nz/welcome 
Height 45cm Width 23cm 

“Watch Dog” Wall Block Sculpture

Height 22cm Width 26cm Depth 8cm  $377

“Residents” Wall Block Sculpture

Height 36cm Width 14cm Depth 8cm $375

“Hades” Wall Block Sculpture

Height 37cm Width 16.5cm Depth 8cm $375

52 Teapot Project

This year Brendan decided to make a teapot a week, for an exhibition that we held at our gallery in November 2016. For each month he concentrated on one particular making technic to have 12 distinct groups of teapots ready for the show.
The photo’s below are of the teapots currently for sale in the gallery.  To see all the teapots click here.
“For the potter the teapot is an iconic object with infinite possibilities of how the different parts can be bought together, handle, lid, spout, body, foot…At the beginning of the year I set a goal to make a teapot a week. Each teapot would be unique and over the twelve months I wanted to utilize all the making techniques that I have acquired over my 28 years as a potter.”

Mountain Small Coiled and Pinch Teapot

Height 18.5cm $300

Scalloped Green Teapot

Width 30cm $330

“Cut Away” Slipcast Teapot 

 Height 21cm $240  SOLD

Handle Moulds I Slipcast Teapot 

 Width 31cm $240 SOLD

Blue Sidewise Handle Teapot Thrown and Altered

 Height 29cm $380

Purple Racing Slipcast Teapot

33cm Long $195

Pinched Scaffolding Teapot Turquoise 

Height 24.5cm $330

Red Circles Slipcast Teapot 

Height 20cm $185.

Iron Siipcast Colbalt Teapot

Height 23cm $150  SOLD

“Patched” Slipcast Ball Teapot

Height 20cm SOLD

Steam Boat Thrown and Altered Teapot 

Width 24cm $220

"Interiors" Iceberg Slipcast Teapot 

 Height 27cm $280

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