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Bright New Ceramic Artists On Show At The Old Clare Hotel

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We love seeing spaces transformed from their original purpose to host creative endeavours, especially to support new and emerging artists! The latest pop-up on our radar takes place in the old Bottle Shop of one of Sydney’s most-loved boutique accommodations, The Old Clare Hotel.

Teaming up with Marrickville-based workshop space and community-building advocates, Makerspace & Company, seven emerging ceramic artists (all who have taken classes with Makerspace & Company) have their eclectic pieces on show until this Sunday.

19th August, 2019

The Bottle Shop at The Old Clare Hotel. Photo – Alisha Gore.

Ceramics by Murray Topham in the Makers Market curated by Makerspace & Company. Photo – Alisha Gore.

Kim Peele creative project manager of The Old Clare Hotel, with Kris Spann and Elen Foulkes of Makerspace & Company. Photo – Alisha Gore.

Ceramics by Stephanie Phillips and other artists. Photo – Alisha Gore.

‘The Bottle Shop is definitely not your conventional white cube gallery,’ says Kim. Photo – Alisha Gore.

Ceramics by Rachael Paul and other artists. Photo – Alisha Gore.

Kim outside The Old Clare Bottle Shop. Photo – Alisha Gore.

Maggie Scardifield
Monday 19th August 2019

‘The work in this exhibition is by locals, and feels really connected to Sydney and what’s happening here every day.’ – Kimberley Peel.

Visit The Bottle Shop at Chippendale’s favourite boutique hotel, The Old Clare in Sydney, and it’s not longnecks or natural wine you’ll be taking home with you. It’s work from some of Sydney’s best emerging ceramic artists.

Until this Sunday August 25th, the pub-tiled, bar-next-door Bottle Shop – now a combined retail and gallery space – is hosting the Makerspace & Company Makers Market. The exhibition and pop-shop showcases the work of seven emerging ceramicists, who have all gotten their hands dirty at the MakerSpace workshop in Sydney’s inner west. Whatever your creative background or abilities might be, Makerspace & Company encourage people to reconnect with making through accessible workshops, classes and open studio programs.

‘The Bottle Shop is definitely not your conventional white cube gallery,’ says Kimberley Peel, creative project manager of The Old Clare hotel. And to that end, the works on show have plenty of personality, too: from Stephanie Phillips’ sculptural, earthenware animal series, with striking glazes and patterns, to EJ Son’s sunny vessels embellished with ceramic fried eggs. ‘It’s the kind of thing I’d love to see if I were travelling to another place,’ adds Kimberley. ‘The work in this exhibition is by locals, and feels really connected to Sydney and what’s happening here every day.’

Others artists presenting work at The Bottle Shop include Remy Pajaczkowski-Russell, Murray Topham, Rachael Paul and Natalie Levy.

‘I really believe that people are what makes a place interesting,’ says Kim. ‘There’s a great buzz and energy on Broadway, and this show really demonstrates the artists’ various perspectives on the world.’

Makerspace & Company Makers Market

The Old Clare Hotel
1 Kensington Street
Chippendale, Sydney

Open 12pm – 7pm until Saturday August 24th
And 10am – 4pm on Sunday August 25th

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