GLOUCESTER’S new Black Pig Gallery will officially open to the public this Friday.
The former Gloucester Advocate building has been converted into a bright, open studio, showcasing works from artists across the Mid North Coast.
Curator and owner Peter Gosling has selected good friend and ceramicist John Tuckwell as the first feature artist for the gallery.
John has been a ceramic artist for more than 20 years and has been exhibiting since 1996.
He is a multiple award-winner and his work has previously been selected for display at the the fourth festival of Postmodern Ceramics in Varazdin, Croatia.
John has also been a tutor for the past six years at Camp Creative lin his hometown of Bellingen. His exhibition at the Black Pig Gallery is made mostly in porcelain.
“I use up to four different clays depending on the piece. The clay is coloured using oxides and commercial pigments,” John said.
“I love working with porcelain. It is difficult and my failure rate is high but with porcelain I start with a wonderful surface.
“I like the translucency, the whiteness and the colour response. It is my canvas.
“My work is made with emphasis given completely to the surface and form. I do not set out to make things that are functional. That they are functional is almost am accident.
“I think of myself as a landscape artist.
“After a while at an idea the landscape motif disappears and I am left with just the colour and memory.”
John will speak at the gallery opening between 6pm and 8pm on Friday.