Prominent Commissions: 'Windows of Northland' Entrance to Te Kotuku, Whangarei hospital’s maternity unit, commissioned by Northland District Health Board 2016 ('Windows of Northland’ video can be seen on Youtube. The Landing in Paparoa, public picnic table, commissioned by Progressive Paparoa Inc 2018 Tokatoka, public picnic table, commissioned by Kaipara District Council 2004.
Exhibitions: CMA Pataka Gallery Wellington, 2013 - 2015. The Lake House Auckland, 2013. CMA Wanganui, 2012. CMA Rakino, 2011. Porcine Gallery Whangarei, 2011. Northland Field Day Dargaville, 2009-2010. Ngapuhi Festival Kaikohe, 2010. Kauri Museum Matakohe Matariki Exhibition, 2009 -2010. Northern Wairoa Artist Dargaville, 2008, 2009. Afordable Arts Dargaville, 2008, 2009.
ARTIST - PAT GEORGE
Pat George is a self-taught artist, with over 20yrs experience as a Ceramic Artist.
She has taught throughout England, working with Harry Frazer a well known English potter and his company Potclays in Stoke on Trent and their Lambourne Studio in Berkshire. There is was a tutor for 4 years teaching ceramics. Pat became hooked on mosaics when she first came across the art form in the early 80’s on Waiheke Island, when she helped Verliska Campaign to mosaic the local Kindergarten Garden entrance.
Mosaic art has always challenged and inspired her to develop the art form in exciting new ways. She is always looking for different materials to incorporate into her pieces often creating a three dimensional complex designs.
Her mosaic panel’s feature many different elements such as fine bone china, stained glass, vitreous glass tiles, tempered glass, mirror tiles, ceramic tiles, glass nuggets, stone pebbles, millefiori, flax, päua, shells, drift wood, bull kelp and often whatever the sea leaves her to find on her local beaches.
Pat uses these different combinations of materials to enhance her pieces with the use of texture, color and reflection of light. Pieces can often subtly change throughout the day when the sunlight moves across them. She often incorporates her own sculpted clay designs which are raku or hand painted, glazed and fired to heighten her mosaic panels, giving them their unique design.
Pat has shared her knowledge of mosaic techniques through teaching for many years, including 5years of teaching intellectually disabled clients at Kaurilands Skills Centre in Tokatoka.
She now teaches classes from her home studio “Foxhanger Studio” with her husband Steve George an mosaic artist in his own right. They share their knowledge through weekly classes, weekend workshops and occasionally hosting international mosaic artists workshops, at their beautiful property Moewaka Villa B&B in Matakohe.