Thursday, December 30, 2010

Philadelphia Hanson-Viney

Ceramic Curiosities Opens Tonight New Years Eve at 6pm-8pm

I have spent the last two years working towards a diploma of art, craft and design in ceramics at the Tasmanian Polytechnic.

I am often inspired by the weird, the grotesque and the wrong. I love things which are beautiful and horrible and bizarre at the same time. .

I am fascinated by bones for their delicate and intricate shapes as well as for what they represent as relics of life past; they can be a strong symbol of death and yet exist as an object with a beautiful form.

I became interested in “cute” representations of animals that border on the monstrous. These led me to thinking about animal manipulation such as selective breeding and genetic modification.

I like the jarring feeling of something that is adorable and horrifying at the same time. The grotesque can sometimes be loveable when it is pitiable and the cute can sometimes be grotesque when it is so exaggerated as to be misshapen.

I make some things by hand and some things are slip cast. Sometimes my pieces are made with serious work and sometimes they are made by playing around.

Ceramic Curiosities is only available for a limited time. Don't miss out on your chance to view artworks by this exciting emerging artist.

Sunday, December 26, 2010



Contributors of this exhibition are Jessica Lloyd, Lily Ormerod and Danny Szypura. A first exhibition by all three, it has been a culminations of some years of work, in acrylics on canvas and photography.

Jessica Lloyd’s creativity has been recently unleashed by putting paintbrush to canvas. In exciting ways, her works have evolved into interesting representations of life, energy and movement. Her enjoyment in painting is clearly seen in her art. Jessica’s experimentation in colours also evokes differing moods and emotions.

Lily Ormerod returned to brushes and paints after a long period of absence from the easel. Previously her works were considered as traditional landscapes, with her return to painting, there has been a change in direction to abstract works, and working with acrylics rather than oils. Lily’s themes embark on much attention to creating vibrant, exciting strokes with a focus on movement.

Danny Szypura has been an amateur photographer for many years. His travels has given him extensive opportunities to capture diverse images both in Europe and Australia. He has chosen his favourites for this exhibition. Visiting Tasmania regularly, he has taken this opportunity to show some of his works.

Friday, December 10, 2010


I love to play around in Woks and frypans - my curvy form keeps your hands away from the steam while stirring things up. I don't mind a bit of heat but please don't leave me standing in liquid for long periods - it's bad for my looks.

When I've finished work for the day wash me up in warm soapy water and dry me off. A nice coat of vegetable oil occasionally will help keep me looking great.

Handmade in Tasmania from Tasmanian timbers.

Original design by Sculptural Images.

For more details contact Sculptural Images by emailing

Available at the Off Centre Galley until the 15th of December