Kirsty Gardiner, an award winning artist, has exhibited throughout New Zealand for over 20 years.
Gardiner’s ceramic sculptures are influenced by her childhood, French and English porcelain, Lewis Carroll (the father of nonsense literature), natural history and the collections with which she came into contact while working as a gallery technician for Aratoi Museum of Art and History in Masterton.
“I like to think of my work as a trans-cultural mix of myths, ceramic archetypes and, of course, birds.”
Kirsty created an whimsical display of ceramics for our exhibition ‘Stories’ which drew a lot of attention and sold pieces across the country.
“Toy Horse” inspired by a French clay horse given to me as a gift when I was a child, talking to the rifleman which I see often in the bush...
“Drinking Bowl Huia” the sacred bowl which is empty of liquid and pattern, the bird looking over its shoulder for people The works are wheel thrown, slip cast and hand-made...
“Box of Birds” by Kirsty Gardiner represents the migration of birds to New Zealand, some made it here on their own, whilst others, like the sparrow, were introduced. The works...