Six new dolls for the exhibition Pirates, opened at ROAR Gallery (189 – 193 Vivian St, Wellington) 3 May 2012, showing until 2 June.

The mermaid ships’ figureheads are porcelain (no moulds) and Raku fired.
Functional (move at the neck, shoulders and hips) – sea-shells attach joints.
Hair is Mohair and lambswool curls.
Their ships are assembled cake tins, unsing copper electical wiring for stitched seams.
Dolls are approx 20cm high. Wall mounted.

The pirate dolls are made from terracotta (no moulds), burnished and black fired.
They are fully functional (move at the neck, shoulders and hips).
Their hair is natural black alpaca.
Pedestals are stoneware with black sand wedged in from my new local beach, Oakura, Taranaki.
The four titles are Patch, Hook, Peg and Captain.

Shiver me timbers, prepare to enter the wicked world of pirates.  Eight artists will sail the seven seas discovering pirate treasure.  Jewellery and studio mates Buster Collins, Vaune Mason and Amanda Howley are taking on the accessories of pirate-ism with a vengeance.  From eye patches to collars, hooks to compass rings, these jewellers will provide all the treats and treasures that really make one feel ready for the high seas.
Rieko Woodford-Robinson and Michele Irving depict swashbuckling animals living a life of adventure or tragedy as daring pirates.  Marita Green has created pirate children hunting in vain for buried treasure.
For a modern approach Stephen Templer questions the current clichéd pirate imagery, with another rich cultural and symbolic source “Disco”.  What if pirates were into disco as well as rape and pillage?
While Sam Broad explores the debate of modern digital piracy, free software, copyleft versus copyright and economic issues of property as theft.  Central to the piratical notions too art the democratic division of spoils and the exploration of new frontiers – all whilst keeping the “jolly” in Roger.
Join us at ROAR! gallery near the corner of Vivian and Victoria Streets on the opening night 5.30 – 7pm Thursday 3 May to meet the artists and have some wine.