Bruce Rowe, the founder of Anchor Ceramics has always been a designer and maker – an architect by trade with endeavors in art and design, being creative was always inevitable. For Rowe, ceramics is a kind of re-connection of the designer with the maker; which allows him to undertake both designing and making with an understanding of the requirements of both.
Anchor Ceramics are a Melbourne based design studio and produce ceramic products generally structured into four streams; vessels, lighting, tiles, garden pots and highly personal, eloquently original art pieces. Rowe describes his venture as a “ceramics design studio” rather than a pottery.
Handmade with love, Anchor Ceramics’ crafted ceramic pieces are unique, highly considered and undoubtedly dedicated to original craftsmanship. The end result is stunning works of art across the entire range.
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After eight years in the making and three years of fabrication, Patricia Piccinini’s new exhibition, Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through love … is opening on 24 November 2018 and will present more than 50 works, including a major new sculpture by Piccinini and rarely-seen works by Hester. These works are designed to show the incredible spectrum of human and non-human relationships, from romantic love and maternal devotion through to the connections formed between humans and animals, and animate and inanimate objects.
Piccinini, a Melbourne-based artist, is familiar with people telling her that the work she produces is confronting and difficult to look at – and she is okay with that! Her response is that the most important thing is that the viewer is held through their discomfort, that there’s enough intrigue in the work for them to stay and consider what they’re feeling.
This exhibition is located in arguably one of the picturesque museums in Victoria, The TarraWarra Museum of Art. This is high on our must see list!
Exhibition runs from 24 November 2018 – 11 March 2019 at The TarraWarra Museum of Art.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm and all public holidays except Christmas Day
(Open 7 days a week from Boxing Day to Australia Day)
313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road,
Healesville VIC 3777 Australia
Melway reference: 277 B2
Exhibition admission fees apply: $12.00 Adults; $10.00 Seniors; $8.00 Pensioners and Students; Children 12 and under free.
If you are a fan of Orange is the new Black series, the new novel, The Mars Room by American author, Rachel Kushner will have you hooked all the same
The book is based on the character, Romy Hall and set at the Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Romy, the narrator for most of The Mars Room, has been sentenced to two life terms for murdering a man who stalked her at the San Francisco strip club where she used to work.
Kushner sets out to spotlight every detail of prison life. She demonstrates how the system is designed to smother individuality, in its entirety. The inmate characters in the book are fiercely individual with colourful names and stories, such as former leg model Betty LaFrance, who smuggles stiletto heels and plastic wine glasses into her cell on death row, and Conan, a female-to-male trans, whose banter provides welcome warmth to the story.
In writing The Mars Room, Kushner exposes the horrors of life inside only to show that, for some, it’s easier than life outside.
Available online and at all good bookstores.
Locale is a the relatively new kid on the block when it comes to dining restaurants in Noosa. Nestled up in the ‘quiet corner’, Locale is a sleek and relaxed modern Italian Restaurant and Lounge Bar right in the heart of Noosa and only a stone throw away from the beautiful main beach on Hasting Street.
With its sophisticated moody and dark interior, it is not what you expect from dining out in Noosa. No white walls, no colourful textiles and no beach themes. It has been said that Locale brings a little bit of Italy to Hastings Street and that makes for a pleasant change.
Food here is taken very seriously and drawing heavily on Italian tradition, Locale Noosa offers a seasonally changing menu using the best in local produce and premium imported ingredients. The menu is smart Italian and will not disappoint with dishes such as Fraser Island spanner crab risotto with lemon and sea urchin butter, Gympie pork belly and Darling Downs Black Angus. You can’t go past their desert menu with Italian treats like affogato, buttermilk ricotta doughnuts with zabaglione, a caramelised lemon tart with strawberries and cream, meringues and gelati and sorbet.
Once you have been to Locale, whether for lunch, dinner or just a drink at the bar, it is definitely one of those places you can’t help but recommend to others.
62 Hastings St, Noosa Heads
(07) 5447 5111
Open Daily from noon till 9pm