Invitation to ‘Embrace’, an exhibition by Karen Alexander

Please join us for the opening of our next exhibition by TBSSS guest teacher Karen Alexander on Saturday 27 July, 3 – 6pm for drinks with the artist. The exhibition will be opened by sculptor and longtime TBSSS friend Lea Ferris. All welcome!


Tendrils of dew form
as early morning awakens
With the sun’s golden fingers
Unfurling a new day

Clay is a wonderful sculptural material, it absorbs your touch and gives voice to your story.  As I reflect on our humanity and connection to earth and nature, my work provokes an emotional response; the forms seem to hold you, they are organic, textural and earthbound.   Through hand building processes, using wooden tools to shape and paddle the forms, I am able to instil vibration as an echo of life. Firing the clay to stoneware, enhances a deep rich colour and adds strength and character to the organic forms.

Bio: Karen L Alexander

Alexander began her love of sculpture at the Tom Bass Broadway Studio. She studied under Bass, learning traditional sculpture making methods, and has created works from clay to bronze. Enamoured with the body, through the Life Study, has brought subtle figurative references into her new work.

Bass passed on his passion for public sculpture representing community and this led to Alexander producing commissions. These include Bronze Busts for the Australian Cricket Captain’s Walk, Cootamundra Council; The Rainbow Serpent, Erskineville Public School and large-scale Celtic Cross in The New Learning Centre, Holy Cross College, Ryde.

After relocating to the Southern Highlands in 2015, enabling her to re-visit her studio practice. Turning to ceramics as a new medium, she has worked with Sturt Craft Centre as a professional artist and has participated in the Southern Highlands Art’s Festival. Inspired to produce an emerging body of work, resulted in a solo exhibition ‘Embody’ held at her Highlands Studio.

Alexander is a guest teacher at the TBSSS and runs bespoke workshops in regional NSW. Her studio is surrounded by nature and provides inspiration for her organic forms. Alexander’s work is held in private collections in Australia.

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