Terraluca Created Over a Cup of Tea10.09.2014
It wasn’t unusual for Anna Kaineder and Tahra Baulch to catch up over a cup of tea – but it was rare for the little people in their lives to be sleeping long enough for them to have the time to explore an idea: a collaboration that would see the two working together. Anna, the Coonamble based ceramicist creates the pieces including cups and saucers, tiny pourers and bowls, and Tahra, based in Bowral, adds the words – a phrase of friendship and/or words of inspiration for the user.
They chose the name Terraluca for their ceramic range – a word meaning ‘earth and light’ – the two wanting their new creations to have at their core a ‘commitment to warmth, honesty and simplicity’. Their Warm and True collection, recently exhibited at Cath Fogarty’s Chinaclay gallery in the beach suburb of Clovelly, was definitely infused with these characteristics.
I went along and met the two women at the gallery where, on an unseasonably chilly Saturday afternoon, the women’s friends and families gathered in the intimate gallery space and later spilled onto the footpath where the official opening took place.
It was almost impossible not to pick up the bowls and other tableware, and take comfort not only in their shape and names including ‘plenty bowl’ and ‘cuddle cup’, but also in Tahra’s words such as ‘may your cup brim’, ‘here’s a little something that sings of pastures and sunlit days’, and ‘may you know the simplest of delights’.
For gallery owner, Cath, also a ceramist and with a background in regional arts, giving regional ceramic practitioners an outlet based in the city is an important way for them to connect with audiences and buyers and establish a profile. More than half the artists who sell and exhibit through the gallery are regionally based.
‘As a potter there are many advantages to being regionally based because you need space and often you create smoke and fumes from the firing processes, but as I mentioned the city outlet is vital,’ Cath said.
‘Having spent a lot of my working life in regional areas and small communities I know what a difference a lively creative community can make to the quality of life. Since Anna set up her studio in Coonamble, she has created a new creative outlet for many people of all ages as well as developing a lively social space for people to meet.’
For Anna and Tahra it was a rare opportunity to catch up and talk to people about their work and their creative process and how Tahra’s words, (Tahra describes them as ‘whimsy’), often inspire the pieces.
‘Tahra will often send me words and pieces of poetry and I read them and think “I know exactly the kind of pot I want to put that on and what series I’d like to create”,’ Anna said.
To date the women have produced three ranges – First Kiln, Feisty Florals, and Warm and True.
Terraluca items are now available at Ten Thousand Paces, Bowral.
You can find out more about Anna and her artistic life in Coonamble in this interview by Outback Arts Communications, Administration and Promotions Officer, Samantha Stratton here.
Robyne Young, Communications Officer RANSW