Yesterday (March 20, 2010) was the annual “Artists in Eden” event, a splendid community initiative by the Maungawhau/Mt Eden Community Arts Trust.
More than 40 artists are rounded up in the Essex Road Reserve to do their thing, plied with food and drink by the crew of volunteers, and amply distracted by curious onlookers and their curly questions. By 2:30 p.m. the works are finished and ready for auction – proceeds go to community arts projects.
I hasten to add, that I am not claiming Mt Eden as part of the West, however the potter Peter Lange has a strong foothold in the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson. You can visit him in his studio next weekend (27/28 March) when many Waitakere artists have their open studio weekend. Last year when I went there, I got a ride on his brick rocking chair – he may have other surprises this year.
The notes to yesterday’s event describe Peter Lange as “A potter of 35 years who has worked with bricks for the last five”. That’s a pretty good summary for brevity, anything more would fill volumes – just google him.
The photo above shows Peter’s hands as he makes a cast of a weta, with the finished result shown below. Further down there is a sample of Peter’s brick art being used as props by a wedding photographer nearly three years ago (I just happened to be in the vicinity), and the last picture is one of Peter’s works shown recently at “Art in the Woolshed“, Tawharanui.