Team NZ Clay Gulgong 2018




Christine Thacker and clay first made contact during high school days. Their work together has typically been using simple building methods, mostly coiling, with few tools and electric fired at low temperatures with plenty of applied colour. Early works were mostly figurative venturing into vessels and lately lots and lots of jugs, mostly quite large and highly decorated. More recently jugs with faces have reconnected Christine with earlier figurative themes.

Kate Fitzharris grew up surrounded by women who sewed and painted and has been seeing faces in flowery curtains and the bark of trees since she was a child. The small scale Kate employs invites close inspection and a kind of intimacy, something familiar, but not quite. Her work often incorporates other media, such as raw clay and textiles, creating tableaus of people and domestic objects. She draws on ideas of domesticity and wildness, the history of figurines and children’s playthings. Kate lives in Waitati, New Zealand.

Jim Cooper: Most often there is no concept driven desire outside of myself to make a statement or engage in some political debate. Oh, there are some images that I stitch together – things remembered or invented. Often at the time they are sort of snatched up, stowed in a subconscious recess, to reveal themselves later, according to their whim.

The making is about the work, the work is, on a good day, about challenge. In a, why, if the paint splatters on the wall are better than the paintings, don’t I just do paint splatters on the wall? This question presents itself as if I was a contestant on university challenge.
I like working, I like the intensity of working, I like excess in working, the immersion. It is in here that a personal and intimate relationship is revealed in apparent limitlessness, in here I feel weary of real world intrusions, yet in regard to the work I feel guided; I feel altered.
A very important part in all of this, perhaps the most important part, is to make work that informs for myself. It doesn’t mean that the work has another value outside of that context. I am ok with that.

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