Bronze Medal, Brickmakers Annual Awards: Decorated Brick Category
Ceramic, hand built
70 x 120 x 60 mm
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Peter Lange has been working with ceramics since the 1970s and is regarded as a pioneer within the New Zealand ceramics community. He has exhibited regularly in New Zealand, China, Dubai, Italy, Taiwan and Turkey and has taken Artist in Residence and teaching positions in five different countries.
For around six years Lange has been experimenting with ceramic bricks – a form previously used only in the construction of kilns and not considered an art material. Lange enjoys challenging public perception of the commonplace medium, saying: ‘Brick has been a cheap unit of human construction from the beginning of civilisation. I enjoy softening, bending and sculpting this otherwise rigid material.’
The use of bricks has become Lange’s trademark. His sculptures constantly push the boundaries of the medium. Exemplifying his enthusiasm for experimentation, in 2002 Lange built a two tonne, six metre long brick boat which he then floated in the Auckland harbour – simply to prove that he could.