Michelle Retimana Studio Gallery & Garden Art
Kāpiti Arts Trail: Guide Listing no. 91
Artistic medium: Sculpture: Bronze and Clay, Mixed media
My three series of sculpture extend my techniques in clay, bronze and mixed media. Bronze ladies inspired by the Cirque du Soleil have been fun to explore bodily contortion. Dolphin and whale tails reflect my love and demise of these beautiful mammals. Koru have been a constant inspiration since I started working with clay in the 70's. Since 2010 I have hand-formed wax to create my bronzes, morphed using the lost wax process. While I find sprewing, grinding, patina and mounting tedious, the excitement of sculpting, pouring molten bronze, and smashing the ceramic shell reward me with "one off" sculptures.
In the 70s I fell in love with clay, enjoying its manipulative tactile nature. I favour the more natural textured clays and unpredictable alternative firing techniques including Raku, pit and wood-smoked firings. I create large garden sculptures, delicate pinch pots and jewellery, also decorative inside pieces, wall art, and more - I take pride in making individually hand-formed work…every piece original and unique.
Payment options available: Online bank transfer
Accessibility: Suitable for wheelchairs, children, elderly, pushchairs. Over the arts trail weekend you can park down our right of way but you will not be able to drive down the driveway.
View us on the Kāpiti Arts Trail map 2019