Friday, February 23, 2018

"Vonney Ball:Ceramics" - Book Launch & Exhibition

On 8 March 2018, Orexart in Arch Hill, Auckland, will host a book launch and exhibition of ceramics by Vonney Ball. Published by Massey University Press and written by Helen Schamroth, the richly illustrated book, Vonney Ball: Ceramics, traces the creative influences on Ball’s unique forty-year practice, both in the UK and since she settled in New Zealand.

Vonney Ball’s output reflects a sound education in English ceramics design, a singularity of purpose and a drive to keep making work. Twenty years on from her arrival in New Zealand, her work connects cultural experiences from opposite ends of the earth. Vonney Ball: Ceramics surveys her work and examines her influences, from Bloomsbury to Māori art and design.

In conjunction with the book launch, Orexart presents a survey exhibition that captures the essence of Vonney Ball’s practice as a ceramic slip-caster and designer-maker. It will include pieces from her time at Middlesex Polytechnic, London, in the 1980s, where she adapted industrial methods to produce one-off or small batch works, resulting in innovative pieces that may best be described as ‘classically inspired shapes with a contemporary twist’.

Alongside the survey exhibition, Orexart will present for sale a suite of elegant, new hand-painted ceramic works produced in her Birkenhead studio.

Much of the photography in Vonney Ball: Ceramics is by Geoff Ball (no relation), including a rare glimpse into the studio and aspects of the making process.  Archival images complement the narrative, which  includes contributions by London-based international industrial designer Ian Webb and Annie Sherburne, a well-established jeweler and felt maker, who writes about working in the crafts and design under the Thatcher government, and how ‘Thatcherism’ impacted on the sector.

Vonney Ball has recently exhibited works in New Zealand at the Waikato Contemporary Art Awards and also at Portage Ceramic Awards and the Auckland Society of Potters.

Book launch and exhibition opening 6:00pm Thursday 8 March 2018 at Orexart 15 Putiki Street, Arch Hill, Auckland. Exhibition runs until 24 March.

For an introduction and sample pages of the book click here


Contact:          Rex Armstrong +649 378 0588

Vonney Ball +64 21 284 5252


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