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The inspiration of a ceramic bowl took me on a journey to Tasmania to meet a complete stranger and photograph his beautiful work.

Last December I found a ceramic bowl in a small gift shop in Sydney’s, Potts Point. There were in fact two, an identical smaller bowl was hidden inside the larger one that had caught my eye. I was drawn to their simplicity. I was also drawn to their perfect proportions and weight. They felt sturdy in my hands, they also felt precious.

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I decided on the smaller one as a gift for a friend and had it wrapped. I thought about the larger bowl for next few days and made the decision that if it was still in the shop on my next visit I would buy it. Thankfully it had waited on the shelf for my return.

The lovely shop assistant remembered me and gave me some written information on the ceramicist Zsolt Faludi. She told me he worked in Tasmania but he did not have a website.

On the way home to my apartment I made two decisions. One, I would be looking for an alternative gift for my friend and two, I would be going to Tasmania to meet the man who made the bowls.

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I found Zsolt’s Facebook page at 5pm on New Year’s Eve and decided to send him a private message telling him how inspired I was by my purchases. I asked him if I could come and meet him and take some photos of him, his work and his studio. I was completely taken aback when he messaged me back within a few hours saying yes, it made my New Year’s evening. I then began preparations for my first trip to Tasmania.

Meeting the man himself was a treat he was so welcoming as was his partner, Nanna Bayer. Their home and studio are set in a beautiful part of Tasmania outside Hobart called Glen Huon. They invited me to eat with, them and we sat around and chatted for some time before Zsolt took me on a tour of studio Zona.

Zsolt is originally from Hungary and moved to Tasmania in 1984, he is a bear of a man with a cheeky sense of humour. The strength of his personality is reflected in the work he creates. The proportions of each piece are perfect and feel solid and purposeful.

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He met Nanna, who is from Finland in 2010 when they were both attending a ceramics conference in Gulgong NSW. Nanna’s ceramics are beautiful, they are more feminine and delicate. Studio Zona is the result of Zsolt and Nanna coming together, a perfect fit.

I am so thrilled to have found the bowls that not only lead me to the man but also to his equally talented partner.

I love the idea that curiosity and being inspired by something small can take you on an adventure. One beautiful object led me to take a trip into the unknown.

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Thank you Zsolt for answering my message last New Year’s Eve and thank you and Nanna for being so welcoming. To see more work by Zsolt and Nanna go to their Facebook by clicking HERE. 

Follow what inspires you for it can take you everywhere.

UNTITLED (Holiday) This is the time of year when we all think about a holiday. It’s almost Christmas and if you live in the southern hemisphere it’s almost summer. I am now on holidays hooray!  I have left behind the winter months of My Greek Island Home and all my furry friends to enjoy my other life, my Australian life. This is the time of year I spend with family, and friends in the summer sunshine. The sun is not shining at the moment but it is still a beautiful place to be. I am writing this with my computer perched on my lap looking out across Sydney harbour and through the heads. Although it’s grey there is still activity on the water, sailing boats, ferries and ocean liners float across the horizon in front of me. I have chosen this painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder to accompany this post. It’s a beautiful painting small like a gem and touches me. I love it because it reminds me of holidays, it reminds me of the past and it intrigues me. I hope you love it too.

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A pop up exhibition of  recent work by artist, Matthew Usmar Lauder , brings together his diverse stlyes and eclectic interests. From Thursday May 16th May until Monday May 20 at ‘Show Off, 13 Harbour Street Whitstable. Come and take a look. PROFESSIOAL ARTIST 2003– Selected Solo Exhibitions, 2009 Fable, Newlyn Art Gallery 2008. Fable, Fred [London} Ltd. 2007 Fred [London] Ltd, London, Fred [London] Ltd, Leipzig. 2003 Mobile Home Gallery. Selected Group Exhibitions, 2008 John Moores 25, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Import/Export, Painting From The USA And UK, Fred [London] Ltd, Leipzig. 2007 Traditional But New, Binz And Kramer Gallery, Cologne. 2003 Portrait Award Show, National Gallery, London. Summer Show, RA, London 2000 Art And Architecture, BA Headquarters, London. Selected Collectors Museum Of Contemporary Art, Israel British Government Collection, King Hussein Of Jordan.

Documenting the beauty of the island of Lesvos through the lens of my camera has been my project for the last few years, so it’s great to see Lesvos documented in a different medium through the eyes of Matthew Usmar Lauder. Matthew’s captured the island in autumn light beautifully with broad brush strokes. The landscape paintings he has just completed are wonderful. Here is just one of his stunning paintings.matthewusmarlauder.com

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