GLASS: Tasmanian glass is best viewed at Richard Clement's studio
in Franklin, where he has lived since 1975. His workshop and showroom,
featuring a 17' high stained glass window by Tasmanian artist Tom
Samek, is situated on 14 acres of land overlooking the Huon River.
Drawing inspiration from these surroundings, Clement creates his
exquisite small bottles with assistance from his apprentice -- his
daughter Jemma. His perfection of this craft has lead numerous private
and public collectors including the American Craft Museum in NYC
to seek out and purchase Clement's work. Telephone: 011 61 3 6266
JEWELLER: Artist jeweller Phill Mason turned down a jewellery apprenticeship
at age fifteen to pursue other interests, but was drawn back to
the craft in his thirties. Today, it's the "life experience"
he gained that ignites the spark in his design. Mason is adamant
that if he had accepted the apprenticeship at a young age, he
might never have become the master diamond setter he is today.
Having received 20 awards for his cutting edge, yet classically
inspired pieces, Mason's studio is now a popular stop for travelers
wandering through Salamanca Place in Hobart. Telephone: 011 61
3 6223 3412.
KALEIDOSCOPES: Using native timbers, the Tasmanian Kaleidoscope
Factory is renown for creating amazing designs of color. Established
in 1989 by Strato Anagnostis, the factory at Bream Creek creates
imaginative works of art that are sought after by dignitaries
including Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama and the Sultan of
Oman. A public studio-showroom just 45 minutes east of Hobart,
allows visitors to marvel at these remarkable kaleidoscopes while
making a purchase to treasure for years to come. (www.southcom.com.au/~strato/)
PAINTERS: Unlike a number of painters who have relocated to Tasmania
for the opportunity to paint the breathtaking landscapes found
on the island, Philip Wolfhagen was born on Tasmania in 1963.
Today his landscapes with oil and wax on canvas have brought him
fame and commissions from around Australia. The Dick Bett Gallery
in Hobart is the best bet for eyeing his work up-close. Telephone:
011 61 3 6223 4324. The work of master watercolorist Nigel Lazenby
is said to embody the very soul of the Tasmanian landscape. To
view his distinctive watercolor works, visitors can visit his
Sisters Beach Studio Gallery at Sisters Beach. Telephone: 011
61 3 6445 1428.
POTTERY: At Woodfired Pottery, a 30-minute drive from Hobart,
a turn-of-the-century style barn has been converted into a pottery
workshop. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and a magnificent rural
vista, this unique southwest Tasmanian experience encourages visitors
to watch and listen as the resident potter demonstrates and explains
traditional pottery making and firing technique. The gallery features
exclusively wood-fired ash and flame colors of southwestern Tasmania
which are distinctive on each hand-made piece. Telephone: 011
61 3 6266 6311.
WEAVING: Jenny Turner started weaving in the mid-1970s at the
Tasmanian Government Schoheron Textile Center. Using traditional
Japanese weaving techniques, she produces large-scale weavings
as hangings. In addition, she weaves elegant scarves and shawls
using Tasmanian wool and natural dyes that reflect her observations
of Tasmania's natural environment. Her work can be purchased through
Handmark Gallery at Salamanca Place in Hobart. Telephone: 01161
3 6227 9002.
Lamont Weaving Studio in Derwent Valley Central Highlands continually
operates three looms to weave some of the world's best garments,
rugs, scarves, hats, and stoles from hand dyed yarns. Visitors
are routinely surprised to learn that the Tasmanian Tartan was
designed at Lamont Weaving Studio. Telephone: 011 61 3 6259 5698.
Tasmanian Wool Centre in Ross is renown for high-quality wool
garments and craft work. Through guided tours, the center relays
the story of the wool industry in town and brings visitors to
the work spaces of talented artisans. Telephone: 011 61 3 6831
WOOD WORKERS: Peter Adams earned a degree in history at Harvard
University before realizing that he wanted to work with his hands
and be connected to nature. He spent two years in Korea with the
US Peace Corps, studied cabinet making in Alaska and received
his Masters Degree in North Carolina before moving to Tasmania.
His superb wood working techniques utilize Tasmanian forest timbers
and beach stones and his handmade benches are sold throughout
the world. From his studio at Roaring Beach on the Tasman Peninsula,
he sees his art as healing vehicles that put people in touch with
nature. Telephone: 011 61 3 6250 1001.
Toby Muir-Wilson is another talented wood worker, who works to
client commissions designing and making individual pieces of furniture
from spectacular pieces of Tasmanian timber. Trained at the John
Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood and the highly respected
Parnham College in England, he creates handmade furniture with
themes that include planes with structural inlays, composite structures
of different colored timbers and color variations in structural
joints. His work can be seen at the Stanley Artworks Studio Gallery.
Telephone: 011 61 3 6458 2000. Visitors can also view resident
wood turners and artists at Strahan Woodworks, linked to Morrison's
Huon Pine Sawmill, as they craft kitchenware and collectibles.
Telephone: 011 61 3 6471 7244.
Numerous open-air markets around Tasmania display local crafts
that make perfect mementos of a Tasmanian vacation. Visitors need
only stroll down Salamanca Place in Hobart, through Launceston
or along the streets of Richmond, Evandale, Hamilton, Stanley
or Strahan to find quality examples.
Sampling of Artisan Festivals In Tasmania
Market at Salamanca Place.
Tasmania's famous weekly Saturday market in historic Salamanca
Place with more than 400 stalls offering everything from art and
crafts to fresh fruit and vegetables. 8:30am to 3pm every Saturday.
Telephone: 011 61 3 6238 2843
Tasmanian Craft Fair
November each year
Australia's largest working craft fair with more than 200 of Tasmania's
finest crafts people displaying their work at more than 11 venues.
Telephone: 011 61 3 6393 1831
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