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Karen Kennedy

I am largely self-taught and have been sculpting for 25 years.  I have several styles.

I make small delicate porcelain figurines, which are painted, glazed and sometimes gilded or lustred.  These are mostly birds, cats, chooks, dogs, mermaids, ocarinas or water warblers, fancy women or clowns, cooks, waiters and sailors.  I enjoy funny or quirky.  My heroes are Don Martin and Gary Larsen of course. Handmade means anything goes, from a sheep panning for gold to King Lear.

Relief painted tiles are another line. Chookies feature largely here.

Next size up is my larger hollow native birds e.g. woodpigeons, tui, herons, seagulls and gannets, and cats, dogs and anything else that takes my fancy.

 My largest style consists of mainly cats, dogs, and boars.  These are press moulded and then hand finished and glazed in the traditional manner.

These are fairly weatherproof, just keep out of the frost zone.

Look also for busts, often with a bird on hat or shoulder.

I have completed three large public sculptures; a couch and chess table in Onehunga Mainstreet, and a Dragon Seat in Devonport which features in a postcard series.

 These are ferro-cement sculptures with handmade glazed and hand painted picture tiles cemented in place.   Look also for the large ceramic tile sign for Onehunga Railway Station.

  One of my dogs is in the Auckland Museum Contemporary Sculpture section.  I have won numerous awards and have participated in mainly group exhibitions over the years.  Most of my work is sold through galleries and craft shops.

I have been a member of Auckland Studio Potters, Titirangi Potters, Titirangi Community Arts Council, and Waitakere Central Community Arts Council where I am a Past President and have been an active Committee Member for many years.

Look for a KK stamp or a painted KK NZ under anything I’ve made.

I live with my dear husband small dog up in the bush end of the Henderson Valley where we are visited by tui, wood pigeons and numerous ducks.

Working with clay is fabulous, I can’t imagine doing anything else.



 

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