TEXTURES

Textures are at the forefront of what inspires me. I am less inspired by glossy glaze colours, but instead like to focus on textures and form. Here is a selection of textures featured and found in my clay work.

ZOOM MAGAZINE

ZOOM is a specialty magazine showcasing life on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia through all-colour photographs of its people, places, arts and events.  

HIVE SERIES

This new series of wheel thrown forms reference our busy friends and the homes they so instinctually create out in nature. The HIVE series of porcelain and black clay forms are all unique and no two are alike. I was not concerned with refining the surfaces to a smooth finish nor was I focused on creating a specific shape. I allowed the throw lines to show through and allowed the form to take shape intuitively. Primarily it is the inside that is finished with a transparent glaze, while the outside remains natural. Sizes range from 2 inch miniatures to larger pieces that are twelve inches tall. 

UNDULATION

Minimal in style, the exhibition “Undulation” features Beth’s new work with clay and dyed felt. Her style is on the minimal side, making pieces independently and then assembling them to create compositions that evoke contrast and balance. She is driven to work in both black clay as well as white porcelain. Her recent focus has been with throwing larger forms to contrast her love for miniatures. 
 
Beth comments that “Undulation is a word that often comes to mind as I throw clay on the potters wheel. There is a constant up and down movement of my hand and energy which translates to the energy of the pieces. My style is not calculated but rather intuitive in nature, allowing the process to show through. I have a love for shapes, textures, assembly and graphic elements.”
 
Undulation was located at the Kube Gallery in Gibsons, BC. 

EARTH ART EXHIBITION

OCTOBER 2018  –  EARTH ART EXHIBITION

EARTH ART was a curated multimedia art exhibition featuring eight Westcoast artists. Beth created an installation called “Landscape” consisting of a series of wheel thrown pieces presented on a long surface in a way that references a landscape. Amongst the composition of clay pieces, Beth placed small figures to give the landscape a sense of scale and perspective. The show was part of the Sechelt Arts Festival, an annual two week event on the Sunshine coast, featuring local art, design, performance events and workshops.

COASTAL LIFE CONTEST

Everyone loves a good contest. Real estate broker Rachael Dempster was the mastermnd behind the campaign, which was intended to draw attention to the amazing things that the Sunshine Coast has to offer, whether you live here or come for a visit. We offered up the ART LOFT as one of the prizes for two lucky people – a two night stay at the ART LOFT. Photographer Dolf Vermeulen did an amazing job capturing the essence of the building, the ART LOFT, and the art found inside and out.

Mixed media sculpture: Robert Studer
Fiber art: Beth Hawthorn
Paintings: Todd Clark

ART CRAWL WEEKEND

Once a year we polish up the studio and open the space for the public to explore. The 2018 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl was a sweet reminder of why we do it. The feedback is incredible and people express how thrilled they are to have the opportunity to see the studio and the abundance of creativity. This year was the first time our upstairs gallery was open to the public –  a new addition to the studio. I spent two busy weeks creating a textile based installation of various smaller pieces. I have always been diverse in my interests and open to exploring different processes. This year I explored a combination of weaving, fabric dying, knot tying, sewing and creasing –  all using natural materials.

INDIGO DYEING ON BALI

In 2014 Robert and I took our two children on a year long journey through South East Asia. It was an incredible trip that included 5 countries and a lot of creativity. We encountered a small indigo fabric dyeing studio on Bali, Indonesia, where our family made a series of visits so that we could each create some textiles to bring home with us. The experience was full of textures, smells and an amazing studio that showed its age and grit – a place that holds special memories for us.

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