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The Potter’s Hands: Peter Lange

The Potter's Hands: Peter Lange

The Potter's Hands: Peter Lange

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.

Peter Lange: weta casts

Peter Lange: weta casts

Peter Lange at Artists in Eden

Peter Lange at Artists in Eden

Peter Lange: Brick Art

Peter Lange: Brick Art

Peter Lange: Bollard

Peter Lange: Bollard

Chaise Lange (Peter Lange)

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

This happy moment of caffeine indulgence presented itself to me when I took pictures of this brick art bench by Peter Lange outside Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret in Karangahape Road. As I was taking pictures, these two gentlemen emerged from the Thirsty Dog Tavern and Cafe next door, asking me if they should liven up the image by sitting on the bench – thank you guys, much obliged, you made my day, and my blog! (I don’t even know their names, they were so eager to get back to work.)

Peter Lange has appeared on this blog before – he has honed pottery and bricklaying to a fine art, with accomplished skill, great imagination, and a lovely sense of humour. He is a studio tenant at the Corban Estate Art Centre in Henderson.

This is from the “News” tab on Peter’s website: “With Jenny, my daughter, I recently installed a seat on Karangahape Rd “Chaise Lange” which is designed to hold 5 large drag queens dancing and also provide casual seating for passers-by. Made of a steel plate core and tiled with 1300 hand-made tiles.”

And here is the video of the opening ceremony.

Chaise Lange (Peter Lange)

Chaise Lange (Peter Lange)

“Still” Photography

The Still Building - Corban Estate Arts Centre

The Still Building - Corban Estate Arts Centre

The Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson used to be Corban’s Wines, founded in the early 1900’s by Assid Abraham Corban (1864-1941), an immigrant to New Zealand from Lebanon. This building housed the still. Peter Lange’s Studio at ground level.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

New Camera

Peter Lange's Camera in New Lynn

Peter Lange's Camera in New Lynn

New Lynn’s Totara Avenue got revamped recently, and this retro camera is part of the brick art “Tokens from the game” (brick, epoxy, steel) by Peter Lange that is now on the lawn where Totara Avenue meets Great North Road. With New Lynn’s heritage being steeped in brick and clay, it is great to see these sculptures here.

More of Peter Lange on this blog.

Tokens from the game (Peter Lange, 2011)

Tokens from the game (Peter Lange, 2011)

Brick Bench

Good for a Bite of Lunch

Good for a Bite of Lunch

Another brick sculpture by Peter Lange in the revamped Totara Avenue in New Lynn. Good to see it put to use.

(Was I sloping more than the bench? And is that Peter Lange in the background?)

Brick Bench by Peter Lange

Brick Bench by Peter Lange

Arriving at Work

Ready for a Day's Work

Ready for a Day's Work

I was taking some pictures of the Still Building at the Corban Estate Art Centre, when ceramic artist Peter Lange walked into my frame, searching for the keys to his studio.

Jazz up your Lunchtime!

Pedro Olding

Pedro Olding

This was the invitation on the poster, and it came from Lopdell House who are currently in exile in New Lynn while their old building is undergoing “seismic strengthening”. Right in front of their current premises is Todd Triangle (whose brick sculptures by Peter Lange have graced these pages earlier). And all the facilities are there to have a wonderful party.

Tuesday, April 30, was a good date, as it marked International Jazz Day. And the Bourbon St Jazz Band were willing and able to provide great musical entertainment: Peter Fielding (saxophone), Lance McNichol (guitar), Pedro Olding (bass), Rod Redgrave (drums).

Some more pictures are here.

Peter Fielding

Peter Fielding

Lance McNichol

Lance McNichol

Rod Redgrave

Rod Redgrave

Bourbon St Jazz Band

Bourbon St Jazz Band

Todd Triangle

Todd Triangle, New Lynn

Todd Triangle, New Lynn

Afternoon sun casts long shadows over the Todd Triangle in New Lynn, highlighting Peter Lange‘s brick sculptures. Also visible: the Merchant Quarter apartment block and some traffic lights. New Lynn has the dubious distinction of having the highest density of traffic lights in the universe: 20 sets of traffic lights over a rather small area, with one more to come in the foreseeable future.

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