Maryke takes a ceramic break at gallery

FORMER Tamworth artist Maryke Henderson has made a triumphant return to the city with the opening of a new exhibition of her works at the Tamworth Regional Gallery.

Simply titled Ceramics, the exhibition is the first time Ms Henderson’s creations have been shown at the gallery, her show running in conjunction with one by textile artist Sybil Orr.

Both women’s shows were officially opened on Friday night.

Ms Henderson now lives in Canberra, where she’s president of the Canberra Potters’ Society.

Her ceramics, some quite large, have spectacular finishes, achieved through soda glazing, a practice she’s explored and refined over many years.

“The surface and the ability to create a finish that speaks of layering and aging has always fascinated me,” she says.

“In my exploration of soda glazing I have achieved surfaces that resemble lichens and weathered walls.”

Just how the piece was going to look when it came out of her kiln was also a bit of an unknown, she said, and that element of unpredictability was very appealing.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday,10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm; and Sunday 11am-4pm.

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