14 years ago we moved from Vancouver to Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast. I thought I had firmly acquired the title of city-girl, however living on a 5 acre property in a small community has allowed me to step into the country-girl that I really am. It’s 2020 and COVID has given me the opportunity to reconnect with my property and garden. Over the last few years I was starting to grow tired of the upkeep of the property and the physical work it takes to maintain a thriving garden. I have put my love back into the garden and am enjoying the fruits of it. It only was a matter of time before the produce ended up finding homes on the plates and bowls that I create.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.