Bruce has a great love for interesting shapes, design, colour, and texture. He especially loves using materials that have had a 'former life', hence recycled materials feature in his work. Giving 'new life' to something discarded and deemed useless gives him great satisfaction. A builder/carpenter by trade, Bruce uses his woodworking skills, imagination, sense of humour, and artistic eye to create his quirky Dorrigo Odd Bods. These are his distinctive and much loved little wooden people and animals. He thoroughly enjoys living in Dorrigo surrounded by such an inspirational environment, and great people!
Like her husband Bruce Booker, Helen has a great love for interesting shapes, design, colour, and texture. She too loves using materials that have had a 'former life', and giving them a new life. Helen uses recycled glass on which she hand-paints her designs. The glass, cut to shape, is then fired over moulds in the kiln and the resultant decorative or functional bowl or platter makes a wonderfully unique gift for that special occasion.
I have been making clay sculpture for over 20 years and, although I have tried other mediums, clay remains the one I love. I make my work to be tactile -- feel free to touch and hold. I use fine, white earthenware clay and sometimes a rough textured raku depending on the design. All my work is hand-built which means you will find differences in each sculpted piece even where a design is repeated. I build each sculpture in sold clay and cut it and hollow out the piece once I am happy with the shape. It's all about shape and hand feel, then I rejoin the pieces and repair the join. I let them air dry for up to a month before finishing and finally firing. Whatever I make, the process is always grounded in pleasure and aesthetics. It seems easier to create beautiful forms living among the abundant beauty of Dorrigo.
Sandra’s work is inspired by her interest in nature, science and the reciprocal connections between humanity and the living world. This focus also encompasses the environment we create at a personal level and the effect of time.
This interest in experience and concern with environment reflects in her desire to create work for specific place, the intention being the work should belong to the space it inhabits
Sandra often uses the forms of nature to spark recognition and reflection in the viewer. To encourage consciousness of how we live among the world.
Since graduating BVA (hons.) in Sculpture and Installation in 1997, at Sydney College of the Arts, Sandra has exhibited her work in many outdoor exhibitions and galleries. Her work has won awards, including Site Specific Prize at Sculpture by the Sea in 2000 and 2005, and is represented in private collections and commissioned work.
Whilst often working with copper, silver brazing fine areas to form large works, Sandra continues to explore other media and methods of creation.