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29 October, 2021

Rainforest inspired art

THE RAINFOREST comes alive inside the Bailey Hotel in Cairns with the exhibition of rainforest inspired ceramics by local artist Lone White.

By Peter McCullagh

The exhibition features 35 pieces that capture the shape and form of seed, bark and plants found in the tropical forests.

Lone White is a well-established Cairns based ceramist. Born in Denmark and studied at Copenhagen University, Lone now calls Cairns and Australia home, having moved here from Papua New Guinea in 1978.

She was initially intrigued watching village pottery activities in Bougainville. Lone is an accomplished ceramist with many exhibitions to her name over her 40 plus year career.

An avid traveller, Lone has drawn upon the diverse cultures, scenery and experiences of her travels within her craft.

This latest exhibition features the textures and colours of the reef and rainforest.

In describing her exhibition Lone reflected on her life.

“For the last few years I have been working on a series called ‘Rainforest’  inspired ceramic forms.

“I have wanted to give my pots texture, flow and movement. To do that I have been using paper clay which makes it possible to make intricate forms related to seeds, bark, etc and after experimenting with various glazes I have developed a mat chrome glaze with various amounts of chrome oxide to give my shapes and forms the changing colours of the rainforest and a certain glitter.

“All the works have been fired in oxidation at varying temperatures from 1200 to 1280 degrees Celsius.

The exhibition continues through to November 30 and can be viewed at Bailey Hotel in Abbott Street opposite the Cairns City Library.

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