Judges Comments Per Category:
First Kauri Bowl Reflections by Robyn Mitchell
Beautiful and sophisticated use of kowhaiwhai, and innovative presentation using a mirror base to reflect the intricate design subtly hidden on the under surface of the bowl.
Second The Long Boat by John Whelan
Fun, entertaining, beautifully crafted and evocative of the ancestors of northern Europe, The Long Boat is a wonderful blend of craftsmanship and design.
Third A Simple Twist of Fate by Elliott Freer
Sinuous and elegant a simple twist of fate suggests many influences from eels to taniwha. The darkly figured timber finds an echo in the finished design.
Highly Commended Rangimarie by Liz Mulligan
A well-executed portrait of a woman with eyes closed in silent meditation or repose, with psychological depth and insight.
First Plate by Terry Haines
A stunning work of classical simplicity, gravitas and style where the perfection of the design transcends the excellence of the craftsmanship.
Second Town House by Carol Robinson
Paperclay and glaze slab built
An entire world of busy human activity mysteriously happening behind the scenes is evoked in this imaginative and engaging work, made with great skill and technical precision.
Third Untitled by Amber Brownlie
Clay and cast glass
A lovely, well-controlled study of abstract forms in an attractive composition and appealing form, this work would be equally successful on a much larger scale. The combination of ceramic and glass elements is especially effective.
Highly Commended Head by Terry Haines
This number 5 pool ball has come to life in a quirky character with irresistible pop art sensibilities.
First Lord of the Forest by Pauline Gough
Virtuoso use of the palette knife and bold application of acrylic colour enliven a fabulous portrait of a mighty kauri. (It might look better in a dark wooden frame)
Second Twins by Keith Bell
Impossible to ignore, this arresting pair of portraits of a venerable couple combines sophisticated contemporary accents with strong traditional values in an intriguing blend of styles at once tender and slightly unsettling.
Third The Road North by Christopher Hoult
Succulently painted in the authentic colours of the North, The Road North cleverly captures the essence of a Northland road trip on an appropriately undulating surface of corrugated iron.
Highly Commended Tender by Rebecca Clist
Interesting use of a variety of mixed media come together in a well-realised and appealing psychological portrait.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PRINTMAKING
First Strong Man by Alistair Morrow
Silver gelatin print
A flawlessly executed portrait of the highest artistic and compositional integrity, with a magnificent subject and great insightfulness.
Second Untitled by Rebecca Clist
In the artist’s own words, waves and a half face have been juxtaposed for individual interpretation in this evocative, brilliantly composed and rendered dry point etching, with inventive use of coloured tissue paper forming an integral part of the image.
Third Blowing in the Wind by Barry Clark
An intriguing work with constant interest for the viewer as it gradually reveals the complexities of space and form hiding behind the deceptively simple surface motif of waving toi toi.
Highly Commended Reflections by Kathy Strong
Polished, slick photograph which achieves surprising intimacy and detailed observation within a perfectly realized image that works on several levels to engage our attention.
First Swamp Kauri by Susie Petersen
A sensational, richly opulent and exquisitely crafted work of textile art, beautifully suggestive of the precious material from which it takes its name.
Second Nautilus by Jenny Crundwell
Inventive and sympathetic adaptation of material to subject in an intricate, nautilus-inspired piece.
Third It takes a community to raise a child by Debbie Evans
Interest and drama abound in this elegant, intense work using traditional flax weaving motifs to give a sense of community and care.
Highly Commended Untitled by Leon Weber
Unassuming yet richly invested, the selection of a beautiful piece of kauri gum and its simple presentation make for an especially lovely pendant.