Monthly Archives: May 2012

Interview: Sarah Hudson, award winning ceramic artist

Sarah Hudson is an award-winning, Melbourne ceramic artist. A detailed and delicate finish to her creations – which include jewellery and tableware – has won numerous awards and recognition both locally and internationally. Off the back of her first solo exhibition in Melbourne this month, we caught up with the artist to discover where she finds her inspiration to promote harmony and beauty in her ceramic designs.

Sarah Hudson

Tell us about your background. What path led you to ceramic design?
 I’ve always worked in a design environment, such as graphics, communications and industrial and product design. The experience gained from this and working with amazing creatives in these fields has formed a strong influence on all aspects of my practice.

When I chose ceramics as an elective course in the first year of my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I hoped to learn techniques that would complement my metals and jewellery major. By the end of the year I was combining techniques learned from both disciplines.

Where do you turn to for inspiration?

I tend to re-visit my visual diaries – of which I have many! Over the years I’ve sketched and researched a myriad of concepts I like to turn to for inspiration. My studio is also a treasure trove of curious pieces that capture my attention for one reason or another – whether it’s colour, texture, pattern, words or interesting objects I’ve collected.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

My day is always varied and full – which I love. I make, design, source, research and, when firing, my day often extends into the night!

Your ‘Bamboo Sake Set’ won a prize at the 2010 Itami International Craft Exhibition. What was this like? Why do you think you were chosen as the winner? Describe the winning piece and what inspired it.

This International craft exhibition receives hundreds of entries from around the world, so to receive The Itami Prize among lots of amazing works is an honour. My design was a response to the judges brief to create a Sake Set that would bring friends together to enjoy the drink. My inspiration to use a bamboo theme with ‘clusters’ of bamboo poles suggested this connection and fellowship.

The materials, bamboo and porcelain, were carefully selected and hand finished resulting in a harmonious and calm environment. The set is appealing if only a few cups are used and, as friends gather, new bamboo vessels can be added to share the joy of drinking Sake, too.

Your jewellery collection, ‘Beauty, a quiet conversation’, also won an award at Itami International Craft Exhibition. Describe this collection and what inspired it.

Each year the Itami Craft Exhibition alternates between the themes Sake – Itami being the birthplace of Sake – and Jewellery. This necklace series is a collaborative design with fellow Melbourne artist, Pennie Elliott. Pennie and I studied alongside one another in ceramics and jewellery at Monash University.

The necklaces combine handmade porcelain and precious metal beads. The subtle design reflects on the repeated process of making over time. It features unique, irregular pieces that join together without interruption in a state of harmony.

You showcased your works at Potier Gallery in May. For those who didn’t attend, what were visitors privy to?

The exhibition was a quiet reflection on the beauty of porcelain, inviting the viewer closer to contemplate on the detailed and delicate work before them. The exhibition launched new designs including delicate and thin-layered tableware, new bamboo-themed vessels and necklaces.

I also launched an installation of hundreds and hundreds of translucent porcelain petals. Many hours of work, but worth every minute to see my idea fully realised!

What is your favourite piece/collection you have designed and why?

I can’t say I have a favourite as each individual artwork or coloured bead is intriguing. I’m fascinated with combining pigment and porcelain as its not until the final firing is complete that I can see the subtle or intense colouring I’ve achieved.

Which artists/designers do you admire?

A mix of local and international artists I love: Vera Siemund, Ted Muehling, Lucy Sarneel, Nga Waiata, Letitia Buchan and Sarah Dingwall.

What’s next for Sarah Hudson?

With the Potier Gallery exhibition finished, I’m looking forward to taking a step back and reflecting. Having said that, there’s always a mix of different opportunities and awards to develop ideas and designs for.  This year I was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart grant and I’m currently setting up my studio which is very exciting!

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World’s first Smart Printer launched in Australia

A world first for all smart phone users was launched this month in Melbourne. The Bolle Photo BP-100 Printer is a compact printer that’s compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices.

It caters to the growing trend of smart phone users taking snaps on their phone as opposed to using a camera. The beauty of this creation is that it requires no computer – it produces 6in x 4in prints directly from your Smart device.

Printing your smart phone images is now a breeze, simply ‘dock’ the device or connect via the inbuilt USB port for both printing and charging. It prints on photo-quality paper that’s tear, fingerprint and water-resistant and offers a number of fun templates.

The Printer is available nationally from leading camera retailers and is distributed by Australian Photo Supplies.

Visit www.apspl.com.au or call 1800 619 319 for further details.

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Otazu’s Lady Gaga collection available in Australia

Jewellery designer, Rodrigo Otazu’s sought after Lady Gaga collection — originally made exclusively for the queen of pop — is now available in Australia!

The inspiring collaboration was sparked after Otazu designed Gaga’s controversial meat purse and jewellery for the Video Music Awards in 2010. The Lady Gaga inspired collection features six striking tribal inspired, Swarovski crystal necklaces Gaga herself has been snapped in numerous times. The pieces are designed to be worn together or separately.

Otazu Crystal Tiara

It’s no surprise Lady Gaga was drawn to the craftsmanship associated with Otazu. His instinctive signature style is quickly making him one of the world’s leading jewellery designers. “I am self-taught and have a very personal style, for me design is about a feeling inside me, a sensation you want to share” he says.

Rodrigo Otazu’s work encompasses a myriad of influences from architecture, travel, music and fashion, to the arts! It’s no surprise to see his designs adorned by the hottest female celebrities on the scene with powerful women such as Madonna, Grace Jones, and Mary J. Blige photographed in his creations. Otazu’s work has also been featured in the film Sex in the City 2 and worn by Britney Spears in her infamous Slave 4 U video clip.

For stockist enquiries, contact Liberta Jewel on 0412 193 763.
For more drooling over Otazu’s work.

Otazu Earrings, Crystal Clear Swing Gold

Otazu Long Necklace, Silver with Crystal Pendant

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New Balance M574 ‘Backpack’ Collection

The M574 is arguably one of the most popular New Balance shoe models. It’s so loved in fact, it’s often the first model of choice when it comes to collaborations and special editions. Not to be disappointed this time around, we’ve been tempted with the ‘Backpack’ Collection. This collection features the M574 in five different colours — black, orange, green, red, and blue.

Featuring tan suede details, the upper of the M574 is constructed from ballistic nylon, this is similar to what you’ll find on your everyday carry backpack. Each shoe also comes with its own backpack in the same colourway and matching detailing.

Look for the New Balance M574 ‘Backpack’ Collection in retail stores this August.

New Balance M574 Backpack Collection

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues teaser

The Channel 4 news team is back in the long-awaited movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Led by Will Ferrell, the sequel features Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell for another round of crazy hijinks.

After its highly publicised announcement on Conan back in March, two teaser trailers have already aired and surprisingly screened ahead of Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator.

There has been no details released on the plot or word as to whether Christina Applegate will reprise her role as Veronica Corningstone, but director Adam McKay has hinted that the story will focus on two things – a custody battle and ‘bowling for dollars’!

Although shooting has not begun, we expect to see Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in cinemas in 2013.

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MySpace to relaunch in 2012

The once most popular social media platform, MySpace is under reconstruction for a much-anticipated  relaunch in late 2012. It’s set to have a new focus on music and entertainment following its 2011 purchase by Specific Media and music star, Justin Timberlake. It was purchased by the duo for approximately $35 million from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, who had originally bought the social media forum in 2005 for $580 million.

Specific Media’s senior communications manager for Europe, Rikki Webster says “MySpace will look to roll out consumer-facing activity towards the end of this year, at which time we’ll most likely undertake a formal pitch, but nothing is happening at this time.”

Between 2005 and 2008, MySpace was the most visited social networking site in the world, helping launch the careers of music artists such as Lily Allen and Sean Kingston. Its user numbers peaked at 73.6 million in October 2008 but have since dropped below 30 million.

“There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. MySpace has the potential to be that place” said Timberlake last year.

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The Great Gatsby 2012 Movie Trailer

It’s T-minus 8 months until the much-anticipated Baz Luhrmann adaptation of  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic, The Great Gatsby hits Australian cinemas. Set in the early ‘20s, it’s a moving representation of the American Dream with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the lead role of mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. Along with Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton, the cast recreates the love, drama, and tragedy associated with the famous novel in a world where “the parties were bigger, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper.”

For those who can’t wait till December to see the film, enjoy the trailer!

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