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Great Plate, 2021

Great Plate 2021

Great Plate 2021

Once again it’s time for the fun Quarry Arts charitable trust fundraiser that has local artists creating and auctioning plates. Looks like another fun year with to potters including Jin Ling , Greg Barron, and Marilyn Wheeler joined by artists as diverse as SallySpicer,  Matt Kelly, Aru Singh, and Neil Gaiman.

My plate, ‘Moon poem’ is a very short original poem by me, hand glazed on a ceramic plate; the plate itself was thrown by talented local potter Israel Dawson.

Opening: Thursday 29th July at the Yvonne Rust Gallery, 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei.

Listings on Trade Me start on opening night – you can bid on them here, or view them at the Yvonne Rust Gallery.

Sometimes when I think
of the moon, the moon is
thinking of you.


Great Plate, 2020

Olivia Macassey Great Plate 2020

Glazed ceramic, 25 cm

The Quarry Arts Centre is running its yearly fundraiser again! My plate, ‘Will the Sea Remember Us?‘ is hand-glazed ceramic with an original, previously unpublished poem applied using caligraphy brush and glaze pencil (the plate itself was thrown by Mike Regan).
Despite the recent lockdown, there is still a lot of creative energy in the community and heaps of cool plates. You can view and bid on all the plates on Trademe here, or in real life at the Yvonne Rust Gallery, 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei (open 9.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Sat). The auction closes on Monday, July 20, at 5:30 pm.


We were
made from ocean,
from  mud,  clay,  air;      the
shadow of a lone bird,  flying
against the sun. We move now
toward an unknown horizon.

Will the sea remember us
when we are gone?

Great Plate, 2019, Quarry Arts Centre

Olivia Macassey great plate 2019

Glazed ceramic, 27 cm.

Much-loved creative arts community Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei is running its annual Great Plate fundraiser.  It’s a really amazing, fun event in which artists are invited to create or decorate a plate. The results are well worth checking out!

Plates are exhibited in the Yvonne Rust Gallery from Friday 12 July until Saturday 27 July. They are also auctioned on Trademe.
This year I have a plate in Great Plates – ceramic with a poem in glaze applied by calligraphy brush and glaze pencil.


I was alive
when the world was full
of life: a dance of animals
and plants, insects and seasons. I
remember the delicate skin of frogs
& the humming geography of bees.
I was alive when the earth was
alive.   It was so beautiful
I wish you could have
seen it.

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