Susan St Lawrence Glass+

I made these cast glass bowls upon returning to live in New Zealand in 2005.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Seafoam series

Seafoam: Images of Coming Home series 2005, cast glass (lost wax method)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Here's to a great 2007

Pohutakawa blossom, the NZ 'Christmas tree'.

Here's wishing you a happy Christmas day and fun New Year's eve. I hope 2006 have provided you with some lovely memories to take with you into '07.

2006 started with a rush for me, with three cast glass exhibitions in two months, including my first solo - a gorgeous event that saw hurricane-lashed waves crashing against the venue's windows - totally appropriate for the Seafoam theme! The day couldn't have happened without a lot of help and support from family and friends though.

Next up was a challenging project with Auckland City Council, putting the final report to bed only a few days before I headed up to the northern hemisphere for a friend's delightful mid-summer wedding, and a fabulous two month contract with the BBC. Both experiences were delightfully superb in each their own way, with the bonus of the journey being that I got to spend a goodly amount of time with my London friends again.

October saw a return to NZ, and now, the night before Christmas, brings the purchase of a new home for me in the new year. At least I'll know something will be different in 2007 - I'll be able to unpack all my stuff from storage finally. (What's the bet half of it will end up at St Vincent de Pauls op shop considering it's been packed away, relatively unmissed, for 6 yrs!)

The new abode is a small settlers cottage just down the road from my mother, in a rather special part of the North Shore just minutes walk from a park and Takapuna beach. Mum will only be a stone's throw and short scooter (her's) ride away too.

The other news for 2007 is that I've been accepted at Manukau Art School for a bachelor of Visual Art (part time). It'll take me 8 odd years to complete, but what the heck, I'll be 57 whether I do the degree or not. So may as well do it. Besides, it's something I've wanted to do for 10 years, (or is that ever?), so now is the time.

Things are looking up on the workside as well, with some intriguing possibilities in the pipeline. Will be interesting to see what lands.

So, lots and lots of Christmas love, and a toast to absent friends on the New Year.
Go well.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wish you were here - Guy Fawkes Art Performance

Had a fabulous guy fawkes out at Auckland Studio Potters in Onehunga. Every year those pyromaniacs find some new way to fire their pottery creations - last year it was in an ice kiln, the year before in an old car body kiln....this year they built one big sculpture, erected a kiln around it and let it rip. At 9pm we all oohed and aarhed as the kiln was peeled away to reveal the glowing sculpture - all very primal or Druidish to say the least. Also a fabulous way to have a barbeque!

Would've been nice if you'd been there too to join in but here's some photos instead.
P.S. my environmental alter ego was stressing out about all the CO2 emissions but I promised her I'd get them to plant some trees to offset them.

The kiln aglow.

Sparklers join in.

Ta dah! Oooh, aarhh.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

hi from Auckland

Well, it's been four weeks since I've been back in Aucklandtown and I'm not sure how they've slipped past so fast. A few days jet lag, a few days at the beach house, a few days chasing work and a new studio, and two weeks flat on my back with flu....and blow me down, there's 28 days worth!
However, it is fabulous to be back. Miss my London friends of course, but am so enjoying the more relaxed atmosphere of this town. For some reason I was finding London a bit claustraphobic towards the end. Anyway, here's a couple of photos from where I live in Devonport that may explain my state of mind at the moment.
(This is taken from the balcony)

Actually, I've decided that my next task in life is to entice as many of you to Auckland for my 50th birthday in January 2008, and what better way to to that but to share the beauty and specialness of this place.

So if you feel like a little dose of sunshine (especially those of you in the UK) take a peek at these photos every now and then for a sunny shot to the scenses!.

This is the historic sea scout hall across the road, where I held my exhibition in March.

Here's Nicola (who popped over from Brisbane for a long weekend of R&R) sitting atop Mt Victoria which backs onto the house (which is out of sight to the left of the photo). The city Sky Tower can be seen in the distance.

The view of the city out of the dining room window. The city is a 15 min ferry ride across the harbour. (The colour is from Australian bush fire haze drifting across the Tasman Sea).

And here's a little shot of summer - our beautiful toi-toi (emphasising the blue skies) and the frangipani in full bloom (fast becoming a kiwi icon).

Ciao for now lots of love Susan

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Beeb and I

For those of you who don't know, I've just completed a two month project with the BBC property division working up an environmental sustainability strategy for them.

It's been a wonderful project, fab people who have already done a lot of thinking about this and are very eager to get some action happening on the ground. They were pleased with the resulting plan so hopefully over the next 18mths their environmental impact will improve enormously.

Here's a photo of part of the media village I was stationed at in London. Can't show you any inside photos cos due to various privacy and policy requirements, I'm not allowed to publish them without permission.

It's a great building inside though. Three huge atriums that bring natural light into all parts of the floors, good use of colour so no 'grey zones', and light and airy throughout. London had 'open house' day a couple of weekends back and I ended up taking the public on tours around the building - gave me a good excuse to enthuse about flexible (and green of course) workspaces. Was lots of fun.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Round the world in 8 hours

My friend Lisa (starring in all the photos) and I had a crazy fun day a few weeks back - having no money to jump on a plane, we screamed around London to visit six countries in 8 hours - Russia, Arabia, India, the Amazon, Hawaii and China.

First stop was the Russian Orthodox Church in Gunnesbury which had priceless Russian icons smuggled out at the start of the Russian revolution.

Then it was off to Kensington High Street to visit Leighton House, once owned by an eccentric artist who turned it into an Arabian court. The mosaics were out of this world.

The trip to Neasden took a while, people usually go for the 24-hr open Ikea store. We, however, were heading for the largest Hindu temple outside of India. The carving was totally OTT but awe inspiring nevertheless.

Then down to the barbican in the center of old London City to visit the amazonian tropical forest tucked away in a conservatory at the heart of the complex.

Getting rather tired we decided to head for Hawaii and the beach shipped into an abandoned brewry in Brick Lane. Ahh, to sink one's tired feet into sand relaxing.

But with only 45 mins to go till our 8 hrs was up, there was no rest and we made a dash for china town. We arrived with 3 mins to spare!

We ended up the day in a grotty £4.50 all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet on the top floor of a rickety old shop, right in the heart of Chinatown. All in all great fun if slightly tiring!

Nottinghill carnival

The Nottinghill Carribean-style carnival is a yearly event looked forward to by some and dreaded by others. It's 48 hrs of non-stop festivities with people from all nations pouring into a few square kilometres of space. Sometimes it's hard to remember what country you're in.

London Weather

Oh who said that weather in London was not a wonderful thing. Over the two months I've been staying in the BBC Hostel, these are some of the sights outside my window that have greeted me each day. And no matter what it looks like to the contrary, it's hardly been cold enough to throw a light cardie around my shoulders.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Just about to fire up the kiln on a new lot of bowls.

summer 06, Mathesons Bay

The seasons are changing. Here in London I'm watching the leaves fall from the oak tree outside my hotel window. It's autumn of course and the evenings and mornings are getting duskier sooner.

However, found this sparkly photo of flowers taken at Mathesons Bay (NZ) last spring. Hopefully it'll be another lovely summer this time round too.

I'll be arriving home just for the start of it, fly out on the 10th October, unless of course, the BBC ask me to complete another bit of work that requires me in London till end of October. I'll keep you posted.