Art  France

Just spent a wonderful week in Burgundy France creating new porcelain ceramic vessels and experimenting with naked rake firings. My teacher Ursula and her husband Lorenz have designed and styled their amazing Chateau set on the outskirts of Macon. An ideal location and atmosphere . We were spoilt with delicious food cooked by their talented son, Xavier who trained and got his masters at the famous Paul Bocuse school in Lyon. The studio and setting is perfect for my future residency. Here a few snapshots.

View from dining area

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Outside the studio

Quiet reading corner

Charming garden

Lunch

Grand entrance


Art Zurich Seefeldstrasse 


My Window exhibition continues with new work on sale. Join me every Wednesday morning from 9.30-11.00 for coffee in the lobby of Hotel Seefeld and meet the artist behind the work.

It is not only Art Basel that receives all the attention, but here in Zurich in September we have the Contemporary Art Fair of Zurich and this is not to be missed. It will be the 19th Event, see art-zurich.com for more details.

Heading towards the lake from the wonderful Zurich Opera house, btw there were 10,000 people at the event on Saturday, Opera for All on the platz, what a turn out, continue walking and you will come across hip Seefeldstrasse. A buzz of restaurants, bars, little interior shops, food outlets and of course many hotels.

The best for me is the Sorrel Hotel. https://sorellhotels.com/en/seefeld/zuerich.

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Back in Zurich Switzerland where my Art continues ……

I have now set up my Window Exhibition – handmade porcelain ceramic vessels by Gill Zimmermann. Take a look and feel free to contact me for further enquiries.

@Hotel Seefeld, Seefeldstrasse 63, 8008 Zurich. Part of the Sorrel Hotel Group.

Seefeld area is truly a great place to spend a few nights when visiting Zurich. The excellent location in the heart of a hip area where the newest bars, restaurants and shops are within walking distance.

Art Journey Cape town

Pondering how to begin this last leg of my Journey due to the political crisis which is taking place right now with “Zuma revenge” a disease that cannot last much longer!

Cape Town has a lot to offer besides Art so once I landed in my home town I was inundated with things to do. 

A good friend,  Lovell Friedman a ceramic artist from Cape Town see (www.creativecapetown.com www.rockgirlsa.org) has incredible mosaic  work displayed in and around Cape Town, below her ceramic sculpture as well. 

Lovell introduced me to Art in the Park and I met the owner Anthony Shapiro whose ceramic work is sold widely. A great shop displaying other ceramic artists work can all be found in this space. 

We took a day drive to Kalk Bay and visited Kalk Bay Modern which has a great collection of ceramics for sale plus other collectibles sourced from Nambia.

Iziko Museum ( National Gallery) in Government Avenue , WoMens Work exhibition, where a diverse group of crafters use their traditional techniques to create exquisite pieces through weaving, embroidery, knitting drawing no boundaries. 

There is plenty to see in the vibrant art world of Cape Town from big to small. The Woodstock scene with the Old Biscuit Mill where locals sell their crafts. Then the more upmarket Galleries such as Goodman and Stevenson. The Watershed at the Waterfront has numerous small vendors selling their creative pieces from jewellery made of recycled tin openers, to funky baseball caps and many more one off pieces.

Nearby, the new Silo District is being developed and the Silo Hotel which just opened with its stunning views from the roof top terrace. Here the new Zeit Museum of Contemporary Africa art will open in Sept 2017.

Masses of artists and collectors converge on the city to visit the well known Art Fair each year which takes place in mid February. Definitely worth a visit to see who is new and hot and what’s coming out of South Africa each year.

I’ll be back soon with my current art ventures here in Zurich.

Stay posted!



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Art Journey Paternoster Western Cape

Managed to get in a long weekend in at my wonderful friends beach house in Paternoster on the West Coast. 

Although not an art scene 

it certainly is a foodie haven. Well known to Capetownians as a beach and chill destination. The stylish beach houses and quaint shops selling food stuffs that hold many childhood memories for me. A pleasure to be there.

Art Journey Johannesburg

Quick stopover – 3 days in Joburg and what a whirl in the art scene.

The area where the galleries of Circa, Everad Reed and Goodman are now located in Rosebank known as The Trumpet and dubbed as the Keynes Art Mile.

Downtown ‘ Arts on Main’ where well known artist Steven Hobbs has his studio. 

David Krut bookshop exhibiting William Kentridge woodcuts. A food market with new African tastes and a street market lined with fabric head accessories, baskets and jewellery. 

Joburg is definitely worth a visit lots to see in this African city.


Art Journey Melbourne – part 2

Art Journey Melbourne – part 2 ( not been posting due to tech issues, but that hasn’t stopped me on my Journey)

Went off to see another great Australian artist, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran . “In the beginning”, is the title of this exhibition. The symbolic figures he masters in clay, the vibrant wall drawings and the idiosyncratic display of works selected from the museums private collection, combined with his golden sculptures in glass cabinets is an eye opener of what he has created and mastered. A must see!

Back to NGV to absorb more of First Nations traditional crafts from batik prints

ceramics, weaving and aboriginal paintings on skateboards. I love this art work which is described in the brochure as ART and not as Craft only .

A visit to the ceramic potters fair in Warrendyte countryside viewing all the new and established artists from the areas around Melbourne. Met up with a great ceramicist who will be exhibiting in the States next month and who has been potting away for 35 years. Adriana Chriatianson.com.au . Adriana shared information on a wonderful ceramicist who works in New Zealand & whose work I admire as her technique of combining fine porcelain with a rough dark clay,  (feeneys BRT only found in this area) similar to the technique I use. Meganpuls.com

 A stroll up my street direction Toorak takes you to wonderful galleries , Station Gallery, MARS Gallery, Manyung Gallery and many more exhibiting local artists. Interior Design shops are numerous with each selling their own designs and interior specialities.

Food, food and more food. Melbourne the food capital of the world. I cannot leave this out of my creative journey.

Vietnamese, Japanese, Asian, Australian fusion . The flavours variety and choices are incredible . Breakfasts start the day in coffee shops dotted on every corner combined with a coffee culture which began in Melbourne. My list of places is endless as I have explored this city enjoying the experience. Chin Chin, Tonka , Greek breakfast at Onethirtytwo Chapel, one of the hip areas in the city, Vietnamese in “Como” as the area is known, fish & chips, Naked Chicks for chicken and unusual salads. The food markets, especially Victoria night food market. The new idea of nitro glacé snare to order with their delicious organic flavours and Belgium chocolate, my favourite. 




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Art Journey – Melbourne

My journey continues ….Landed in Melbourne city over 10 days ago and have not had a moment to write.

This city is full of art, food and places to discover.  

Flinders Lane with its galleries, Craft shop and delicious eateries. 

South bank with the ACCA museum and a small but colourful and intriguing exhibition – Sovereignty focusing on contemporary art of First Nations People. Showing the amazing jewellery installation by Maree Clarke, basket weaving by Browyn Razem, paper/canvas tents by Steaphan Paton. 

I loved the Luminous Realms exhibition by Kate Rohde at Craft in Flinders Lane. The Warlukurlangu Artists who exhibited at Flinders Gallery and included Joycie Morton. 

The lecture I attended on David Hockney presently showing his portraits at the National Arts museum.

My visit to Montsalvat (www.montsalvat.com.au) where I saw ceramic vessels by Sharyn Masson and Madgalena Dmowska.

More to follow with a foodie intro to wine farms, taste sensations at fusion restaurants and graphic designs that are hard to beat.


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ART JOURNEY – San Francisco

After a colourful and exceptional art experience in Mexico City I arrived in San Francisco. A city that is easy to access and move around. 

On my walk to SFMoma, designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta I came across a museum in progress, Mexican Art Museum, to be built next door to the SFMOMA.   The SFMoma has an incredible collection of contemporary artists and what I missed in Mexico City I was able to see here, Diego and Kahlo. 

Karen LaMonte, the glass dress, was impressive as well as Kiki Smith installation. Peter Voulkos, one of my favourite potters. All these artists are part of the Saxe Collection where craft is considered art and so the collection is well sponsored and beautifully exhibited.

Next to eat great Asian food in one of SF many exciting restaurants where the fish is fresh and delicious. Walking up and down the hills was a good way to explore and exercise ! 

Last day spent at De Young Museum again a feast for the eyes when it comes to the collection and and location, Golden Gate Park. I was fortunate to see the Frank Stella exhibition with his latest works. On the Grid, beautiful textiles from many different cultures, the range is diverse and very impressive. One could spend days here admiring what is on display.

An amazing collection of Acoma pottery from the Pueblo community from New Mexico. I love the patterns used on these coiled hand built pots. 

Stay connected to read more on what’s happening on my Art Journey.



 

Art Journey – Mexico City

There are few words to describe this immense vibrant cultural city of 22 million people. There is always something happening in this city and the cultural adventure is enormous something for everyone. Besides visiting the typical tourist attractions I was more than fortunate to find my ideal guide in Diego, young and enthusiastic about the city he was born and raised in.  

We wandered around Roma and Condessa with its tree lined streets cafes. Making some stops at bookshops, the Panderia Rosetta and the designer shop Fabrica Social.  Unfortunately many galleries were closed as they are busy preparing for MACO, the contemporary Art Fair in February. 

In the Historic Center we visited murals by pupils of the the famous artist Diego Rivera in the Abelardo L. Rodriguez market, then to Zocola , the city’s main square,   Dulceria de Celaya,  the oldest sweet shop, 100 years old, the newly Downtown complex in a XVII century building restored to a boutique hotel with restaurants in the courtyard  traditional handicraft stores, up and coming Mexican designers like,  Carla Fernandez.  

Yesterday we visited Casa Estudio Diego Riveria in San Angel neighbourhood. Walked around the cobblestoned streets where you see perfect examples of typical colonial houses never tiring of the architecture and expanse of colour. XIX Century residencies stand next to new contemporary places like Mercardo deal Carmen or the fun Casa Estudio itself. 

Back to the Historic CENTER and the Palacio de Cultlura Banamex , a XVII colonial palace , where the present exhibition has a most wonderful collection of Nacimientos handicrafts from the entire country. 

Besides the Souymayo, Jumex, the Modern Art Museum, the list is endless my exploring of  Mexico City didn’t stop. The markets with handicrafts, food, clothes stores. Each day there is something new and fascinating to discover, my art journey has only just begun and my impressions are vast just like the city itself .



Art Journey Miami

6 Days in Miami and amazing impressions. Inside and outside the fantasy world of Faena Hotel , South Beach designed by Rem Koolhaas with Damien Hirst golden sculpture in a glass box.

John Ward – hand built ceramics pots beautifully exhibited at Loewe store in the  Designer district.
 

Organic woven baskets, hanging orchids and wooden chairs at 1 Hotel a treat for the eye

Art Journey London

I visited two amazing exhibits in London in November 2016 as a warm up to my grand Art Journey. On the photo is a pot by Janet Haig from the Shaping Ceramics exhibition.

Now my journey continues to Miami. Subscribe to my blog to follow the adventure. See you soon!

South Africa

Visit a culturally and varied country – join us on our tour to South Africa

As my experience lies with the cultural side of Southern Africa, we have plans to spend time visiting craft groups, cultural places of interest as well as enjoying the precious rainbow country that offers so much variety.
The tour is tailor-made for those who join.
We will experience and enjoy:
the busy and lively area of the fastest growing city in Africa, Jozi (Johannesburg).
the incredible beauty of a true African safari {Kwa Zulu},
the naturally beauty of the varied coastal regions (Western Cape),
memorable meals in traditional as well as stylish atmospheres,
luxury Guest Houses,  run by experts who offer hospitality,  service and friendliness.
A trip not to be forgotten and one that will include as many exiciting as well as relaxing and pampering days.
Take a look at what we have put together and let us know if you wish to join.
Maximum 7 people – Self drive
Departing mid October 2014.
From North to East to West to South is the way we will travel.
These are just some of our suggestions, the earlier we book the easier to get the best places.
Contact us by email for further details.
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Stunning homes with views to the sea.
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