Open Studio 2019…

Our Annual Open Studio Day 2019 was preceded by a week or so of peculiar and destructive weather and wind events, so we ended up spending more time on garden reparation than on workshop prep…but hey. Big love to Bevie who came up from Toora to give us a hand.

The day itself turned into a gently paced affair with genuine interest from a mix of both first and repeat offenders. As always, there was an element of conscientious avoidance in the perp/mugshot parade – but because this meant disqualification from the draw of the Mugshot Prize, nobody else was complaining! The prize this year being a pair of Ginger’s Crownie earrings, interest was accordingly keen…

 

…and the lucky winner of the draw was…

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Macca (package coming your way!!)

In the evening the Gang, joined by some of our fave miscreants, did Neddie proud with a Wake that lasted well into the wee hours. So here’s to our glorious obsession, Ned; another anniversary observed and we’re already looking forward to the next one! For those who couldn’t make it, never mind – it all happens again on 8th November 2020.

Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse of Open Studio 2019…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Open Studio Day is nigh upon us…

Happy days are here again, we’re two-thirds of the way through Spring (though you’d hardly credit it given the arctic blasts) which means, of course, that we’re fast approaching the Sunday closest to the anniversary of our dear Neddie’s hanging day and, ergo, our annual Open Studio Day.

This year it falls on Sunday 10th November…a mere 11 sleeps hence, eek!! But never fear, we’re rattling our dags and prioritising the fundamentals. Top of the list, naturally, is the Lucky Mugshot Prize (drawn at the end of the day) – this year’s winner will pocket a pair of Ginger’s cast silver Crownie earrings. Fabulous, darling!

You can expect a relaxed mooch around both the studios (contemporary jewellery and glass) and our little in-house Courtroom gallery. The day is, essentially, a show-and-tell scenario for us. All peeps welcome; the doors open at 10.30 and slam shut (…just to spread a little goal house vibe!) at 3.30pm.

 

 

For those of you who haven’t stumbled across us before and have no idea what the Mugshot Prize refers to, take a peek at our previous open days for a general headzup…here and here and here.

Where? In the village of Wyndham, a 20 minute scenic drive inland from Pambula, in the Bega Valley, on the Far South Coast of NSW. We’re easy to find, just keep an eye out for Maurice de Ute…

 

Maurice de Ute

 

 

Let’s dance…

Jerusalem: Hava Nagila, is Megsie’s response to Trump and (subsequently) Morrison’s decision to move their respective Embassies to Jerusalem; a provocation that will inevitably trigger dire repercussions in the perpetually fraught Middle East…

 

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem Hava Nagila', lost wax cast uranium glass, mixed media

Megan Bottari, Jerusalem: Hava Nagila, lost wax cast uranium glass, mixed media

 

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila' (blue light detail)

Let’s dance: Jerusalem: Hava Nagila (black light detail)

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila' (blue light disco)

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila' (uranium glow)

 

Historically the political wounds are dark and duodenum deep; the Wars of the Crusades, and every military offensive and unwelcome interference since, are now overlaid with clear and present danger and increasing affront. In this piece the celebratory dance of the Hava Nagila evokes strains of whirling dervishes, and the ammo is an intemperate live-fire exercise underscored by the unholy spectre of nuclear ‘treaty’.

The horse trading over such a universally emotive site as Jerusalem is unbelievably outrageous in itself. To Donald and Scomo: a pox on both your houses.

[And now Golan Heights! This is what happens when a fool is handed the keys of high office. And as for Pompeo’s gormless remarks about Trump being sent by God….!!! Come on America – time to dig out your moral compass. Please. (n)Ed]

 

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila', lost wax cast uranium glass, mixed media

 

 

 

Joyful start to the brand new year…

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Wedding bells and happy ever afters; the continuing tale of the Owl and the Pussycat…

 

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and The Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

And anchors away for a lazy cruise across azure kelp beds…

 

megan bottari, surf and turf (kelp beds) 7

megan bottari, surf and turf (kelp beds) 8

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Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf #11 (Cruising the kelp beds), lost wax cast Australian crystal

 

Megsie

 

Darker matters (as both series evolve)…

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Romance, a cautionary tale…

 

Megan Bottari, Lost at Sea (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

 

Meanwhile, on the good ship bismillah…

 

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the emigre), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the emigre), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the emigre), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

Megan Bottari, Live export: not a cruise, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

 

And that omnipresent concern….

 

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the émigré), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

 

 

Megsie

Open Studio Day 2018

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What a gloriously still and sunny day it was yesterday; perfect for a Sunday drive to Wyndham!

 

 

 

And we met lots of new peeps, which was fabulous (it’s always nice to introduce curious and appreciative contemporary/decorative art lovers to our practice.)

So this year we decided to include the element of a lucky door prize (or in our case, a lucky mugshot prize) to add a little zing to the day. Not everybody subjected themselves to the light hearted ignominy (on the lam from the law, perhaps!) but those who did went into the draw for one of Megsie’s lost wax lead crystal oyster shells.

 

 

 

In the end, because it’s our inaugural Mugshot Prize, we decided to extend the odds to three draws – and the winners, in order, are…drum roll, maestro…

 

 

 

But then of course, while editing the snaps this morning, we were struck by the unutterable charm of those who fully embraced the concept and morphed into ‘beyond disreputable’ mode. So we’ve bunged on an additional “I didn’t do nuffink” prize. Notwithstanding that our recidivists Jen and Penny always go the extra yard, on this particular occasion the loaf of bread was stolen by Leonie…

 

Leonie

 

We’d like to thank every one for being such good sports. The oyster shells will be on their way, toot sweet.

And that’s a rap (in the judicial sense), y’all. Thanks for making it a fun day. Our next annual open studio day falls on Sunday 10th November 2019. Mark your dance cards!

Ginger

Megsie