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“Inspired by Gardens”

8 October 2022 9:00 am - 1 November 2022 5:00 pm

Ceramics by Heather Wilson    

8th October to 1st November :

Exhibition Opening: 4-6 pm Sunday 9th October 2022

Bolin Bolin Gallery at Bulleen Art & Garden, open 7 days 9 to 5
6 Manningham Rd W., Bulleen. 88503030.

This exhibition showcases new work by Heather Wilson. Heather is a talented ceramic sculptor and we often feature her work in the Garden Gallery and she has had a number of previous exhibitions in the Gallery. Since the early 80s Heather has exhibited regularly in Melbourne with several one man shows. She has a B Ed Art & Craft, have taught art and travelled extensively. Heather recently retired from art teaching and has had more time to experiment with new directions in her ceramic art, and time in her garden. The exhibition will include her recognisable animals as well as planters and works inspired  by her garden plants. Many of her garden planters have been raku fired, giving a distinctive lustre.

Artist Statement for “Inspired by Gardens”

The work in this exhibition has been inspired by gardens and gardening. My partner and I moved house and studio nearly 3 years ago and I began gardening and looking at gardens in a far more serious way as we have an acre and a half. My sculptures went outdoors and the scale of things changed. We have visitors who bring dogs, cats that wander through, visiting foxes and rabbit’s, resident lizards and I have built a pond to attract frogs. A multitude of different birds fly in and out as there are wetlands nearby and I started making birdbaths as bees kept drowning in the pool.

Our car port has monstera plants and ferns growing in it and the big old maple tree provided the leaves to press into the clay for the maple pots and hangers. I wanted visually interesting pots to hang on the walls and refuse to look at black plastic, sometimes I am happy if something cracks as then I can keep it. My monkey tail cacti are happily growing in a tree root hanger. I have more time to experiment and develop new shapes and found my plant pots growing to make sure the plants fit in well and have enough drainage.

The big pots are designed to be feature pieces in a garden and should be put in situ before filling them as they will be very heavy when full. The hangers can either be put up with screws or hooks. All the pieces can go either outdoors or inside. I fire my raku pieces in a rubbish bin kiln and the colours are created in the cooling process in bins filled with paper and cannot be repeated.









Bolin Bolin Gallery at Bulleen Art  & Garden

6 Manningham Rd W., Bulleen. 88503030. 


8 October 2022 9:00 am
1 November 2022 5:00 pm
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Bolin Bolin Gallery
6 Manningham Rd W
Bulleen, Victoria 3105 Australia
(03) 8850 3030

Bolin Bolin Gallery acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land now known as Manningham. We pay our respects to Wurundjeri Elders past, present and emerging, and value their ongoing contribution to the cultural heritage of the area.