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Makers and Artists

The Gallery represents over 200 Makers and Visual Artists. Most makers also accept commissions. Contact us with enquiries on commissions or work from a particular maker.

The following makers and artists regularly contribute work to the Gallery for exhibition and sale.

Gez Norman

Gez became an apprentice Engineer’s Pattern Maker in the foundry industry in England on leaving school. In 1967, six months after completing the apprenticeship, he and his wife migrated to Australia, first settling in Sydney and then in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales

He established a tree lopping business in the region often milling and air-drying the felled timber for personal use finding it surprising that the majority of timber was unwanted. He salvaged as much as he could, saving if from the “bulldozer and match” method of disposal.

Most of the trees...

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Gino Monteleone

Gino has had a passion for working with timber all his life and has over 22 years experience in the industry. At 15 he began work experience in a furniture building business and then went on to complete his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker. In 2000 after a varied career in the industry Gino began his own business combining his passion for furniture making with his interest in sustainable living to create furniture made out of sustainable materials.

The sustainable materials he uses include recycled and salvaged Australian timbers plantation hoop pine plywood and bamboo plywood. Gino...

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Glenda Borchard

Glenda Borchard has been a resident of the South Coast for the last fifteen years originally coming from the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Glenda was involved in creative contemporary dance and choreography and moving to the South Coast created new opportunities to develop ceramics drawing and painting skills.

She has studied for several years through Nowra TAFE private teaching workshops and has exhibited in many local and Sydney exhibitions. She has produced a large number of works commissions and contributes to the art community of the Shoalhaven.

Glenda is a member of Arts...

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Grant Vaughan

Grant Vaughan was born in Gunnedah in 1954. His formative years were spent in various country towns on the Western Slopes of New South Wales where he developed a strong relationship with the land. His response to his natural environment would become the dominant influence in his work.

The study of engineering & architecture necessitated his move to Sydney but after several years he returned to the bush. Grant settled in the coastal hinterland of Northern New South Wales and in 1976 began working with wood – his first work being produced in old cow bales.

In 1980 he...

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Gray Hawk

Gray Hawk is one of Australia's leading creators of contemporary residential and corporate furniture. Gray works with the finest Australian timbers and exotic materials to make your dream environment come to life whether it's working with other corporate design specialists or individual commissions.

Based in Adelaide South Australia Gray built his highly successful design business over the last 30 years or more. Gray's most recent major commission was for the Australian Commonwealth to design and fabricate the ceremonial courtrooms for the new Federal Law Courts in Victoria Square...

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Guy Detot

Guy (pronounced Ghee Detoe) was born in Paris in 1953 and attended LEcole Boulle in Paris from 1969-1972 were he studied Art History Furniture Design Sculpture Gilding Graphics Dance and Drama.

He won a scholarship to study dance at the Folkwanghochschule Germany from 1973-1975. He has been and is a Professional Dancer from 1974 to the present. Guy has danced with some of the best contemporary dance companies performing across four continents. This has included work in Germany England America Asia and Australia since 1982 where he fell in love with Australian trees space and...

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Harry Schrepfer

Harry was born in the Black Forest area of Germany where he completed a joinery and cabinet making apprenticeship. Harry arrived in Tasmania in 1982 settling in Deloraine and turned to making chopping boards for the Gallery. He has been making boxes and trays for the past 15 years. While not having any particular favourite in timbers he insists on the most beautiful of any one species. Harry is guided in his work by what he is making on any particular day sometimes perhaps even the lid of a box may dictate what timber he uses.

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Hasa Designs

Hasa started in 1998 designing and making a range of useful and attractive items based on the unique timbers of Tasmania using quality local materials in their Tasmanian workshop. Their interest is in making top-quality unique products in Tasmania. That makes Hasa different from many other giftware suppliers and we appreciate those who support ‘Buying Australian’.

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Helen Fitzgerald

Helen Fitzgerald is an experienced artist and teacher. She holds degrees in Applied Science and Art Education and has studied overseas at the University of Vienna and the University of Perugia in Italy. Helen's first painting was accepted for the Wynne Prize exhibition in Sydney when she was only nineteen. She taught senior art at Kambala School in Sydney in 1966-67 before going overseas to work and study for three years. Helen moved to Queanbeyan in 1972 and has taught tertiary students in various Canberra institutions including the Canberra School of Art and nine years with the Faculty...

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Helmut Lueckenhausen

Professor Lueckenhausen is a leading exponent in the field of studio furniture and design for wood having maintained a regular national and international lecture program including forum conference and workshop presentations.

His work has been exhibited in the United States Japan Korea Taiwan Germany Uruguay Brazil Chile Iran The Philippines Singapore Thailand Indonesia Malaysia and Spain and he is represented in the permanent collections of the Australian National Gallery as well as public galleries and museums in six states and territories as well as in private collections world-...

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Ian Bell

Ian Bell carves free form wooden pieces that are primarily inspired by nature, and in particular the ocean. Using both traditional carving chisels and power tools he shapes, sands and paints the piece before undertaking the final detail carving. Ian incorporates and echoes nature’s flowing lines and rhythms into his work, and views each piece as a stepping-stone on a journey of self-discovery.

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Ian Factor

Factor Design is a contemporary furniture design studio located in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Factor Design founder Ian Factor designs and makes contemporary, heirloom quality furniture using certified sustainable timbers and timber products.

His work has been featured in Australian and international publications and he has exhibited his furniture in numerous exhibitions.

 

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Ian Houghton

Ian Houghton lives in Perth and he has been making furniture for 15 years. He is a member of the Fine Woodwork Association. Western Australia regularly contributing to the annual Western Australian "Out of the Woods" exhibition. He designs and crafts his furniture in his studio at home. By utilizing solid timbers and veneers he has established a furniture style typified by curved elements.

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Ian McKenzie

Ian (Bill) McKenzie was born at Gatton in Queensland in 1934 and has been painting full time since 1988 when he and his wife and fellow artist Kathy moved to Tomakin on the beautiful far South Coast of New South Wales. He studied Graphic and Fine Arts at Randwick and Hornsby TAFE Colleges and is-also an Associate Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW where he received tuition in watercolour from Frederic Bates. While concentrating on rural landscapes and buildings in a traditional realist style his subject matter also includes seascapes botanical objects and occasional detours into...

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Ironwood Studios

David Street took up woodworking and furniture making professionally in 1984 after meeting Neil Erasmus, a master furniture maker who was also working in the ACT. In 1985 David and Neil decided to move to Perth to set up a furniture making partnership. For several years they produced a range of traditional and modem furniture mainly from Jarrah, as well as making one off commission pieces.

Major commissions that David has worked on include Jarrah furniture for the Queen's bedroom in Government House, and the casework for the restored organs in both St. Patrick's and St. John's...

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Jacques Vanlindt

Jacques Vanlindt was born 1952 in Belgium and studied interior decorating and photography. He moved to Australia in 1980 settling in Beechworth Victoria and started woodworking there in 1984. Since 2000 Jacques has worked from his workshop in Wedderburn Victoria producing his exceptionally decorative boxes in many diverse shapes predominantly based in the art deco and constructionist styles.

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Jan Barnett

Artist Born in country NSW Jan Barnett began her formal aft studies at Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University) studying figure drawing painting illustration printmaking & design. She worked in Melbourne as an illustrator before becoming a full-time artist in her mid-twenties.

She has won over 80 major art awards including awards from competitions held at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery and throughout NSW Victoria and South Australia. Jan has held major exhibitions including those held at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery Shepparton Regional Art...

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Jan Saltet

Jan Saltet's Green Wood Chairs are made from Australian regrowth timber using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. Commonly a felled tree is taken to the sawmill and sawn into boards which are left to dry before being used. Working green wood is different: the tree is not sawn but split into the required sections and worked while the wood is still "green" and soft. Traditional hand tools are used to shape the chair parts some of which are then left to dry while other parts are kept wet.

Jan uses the natural shrinkage of those wet parts to create exceptionally tight joints...

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Jeff Jackson

Jeff was born in the United Kingdom and migrated to Sydney Australia in the 1950s. He has two children and currently lives in Canberra with his wife Pamela. Jeff trained in surveying and drafting which gave him the knowledge to create these accurately detailed workshops.

His inspiration for the Workshop Series was the desire to combine the beauty of cars old and new with an old style of workshop where one had the time to talk; where there was never enough space for everything; and where tools were scattered everywhere. Over the years the Workshop Series has developed to include...

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Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips completed a traditional cabinetmaking apprenticeship in England 30 years ago and immigrated to Australia 10 years later. Jeff produces furniture to commission and also works with antique restoration and repolishing. Jeff is a trained and highly experienced teacher and maker who remains focused as much on batch production within quality modern production environments as on one-off designer/maker projects.

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Jim Homann

Over the nine seven years the task of turning the Gallery's Artistic Director David Mac Laren’s BWWG designs in the wood from the timbers burls that are favoured by wood turners for their grain structure has fallen to Jim Homann a self taught wood turner from Lilli Pilli near Batemans Bay on the South Coast.

Homann is a fourth generation carpenter by trade having worked with his father in Childers in Queensland and then moving to the South Coast of NSW area via Tasmania.

Mac Laren feels that Homann is one of the finest repetitive wood turners in the business a trait that...

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Jim Reid

Jim Reid a professional woodturner has been in operation since 1990. Jim started out woodturning under the guidance of a local tradesman. When he was proficient enough he started turning from home before opening up his own workshop in Canberra. After 4 years he started to specialise more on the creative side as retailing was becoming too demanding and not allowing enough time for creative woodturning. All products are crafted from Australian Burl or kilndried Australian timbers. Burls are cut under licence from within western New South Wales including areas such as Broken Hill Pooncarie...

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Jim Svensson

Jim Svensson is a professional artist working full-time from his home in Maleny. His pieces range from serni to non-representational forms that reflect his deep love of his Australian heritage relationships and spirituality. His work is represented in private and public corporations throughout Australia and overseas.

Wood has been commonly used by people of the earth since time immemorial and its sense of history warmth and unique character appeal to artists with a love of nature. The majority of the wood Jim uses is timber cutters offcuts branchwood and end pieces not suitable for...

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Jo Hollier

Jo Hollier is the second child to Dutch parents who immigrated to Australia in the 1950’s. Born in Griffith in NSW Australia, Jo showed natural artistic talent for drawing, painting and collage from a young age. She developed her skills and interest in art though various summer schools, workshops and art classes whilst pursuing a successful career in midwifery and theatre nursing.

After four children leaving home, long periods living and travelling through Thailand and Japan were the catalyst for a dramatic change in direction. Jo completed a Diploma in Visual Arts (Printmaking) in...

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Jochen Heinzmann

Jochen Heinzmann works and lives in Murrumbateman/Australia with his family, a golden labrador and a small flock of alpacas and sheep. In a previous life, he worked in a small safety technology company and had many opportunities to travel and see the world. His focus is now much more local, and he is especially passionate about the regional wood working community who share his passion for great woodwork.

Jochen had wanted to start a contemporary woodwork business for many years and when his 40th birthday came and went – and he was still working in...

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John Sharman

As most practising artists John Sharman’s interest in illustrative representation began in his childhood and continued through to young adulthood. He pursued drawing and painting after hours and slowly developed his perceptions and abilities. Born in Sydney in 1947 John Sharman is a member of one of Australia’s entrepreneurial dynasties that includes Jimmy Sharman’s Boxing Troupe and contemporary playwright and producer Jim Sharman.

An opportunity in 1977 while living in the Shoalhaven area saw John produce a series of drawings of historical homes for the Shoalhaven Historical...

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John Tudehope

John began working with wood full-time in 1993 and is now based in South East Queensland. He sources most of his wood from the arid north and west of the State seeking out the unusual and little known species to add that extra colour and difference. Each piece is individually handcrafted to the highest standard. “There is something intrinsically magical in wood the living tree creates a vast array of colours patterns and figure that combine to offer a treasure trove of possibilities”.

This is the basis of all John's work to take the rough wood cut shape sand and finish to create...

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John Van Der Kolk

John trained as an Industrial designer/patternmaker in the plastics industry in Sydney. He took up woodcarving and multi media sculpture full time after moving to the mid north coast of NSW in 1990. His subject matter can vary from representations of marine and native fauna classical figurative studies to powerful abstractions and whimsical decorative pieces.

He spent a number of years travelling through Africa Europe and the Middle East and confesses to being fascinated with the contrasts between such things as the highly stylised West African stone carvings and the decorative art...

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Jonathan Chance

‘Zyladrum’ is the name Jonathan Chance has given to the tongue drums he has been making since 1986. The design of the instruments and the manner of their making have evolved since then the main focus of Jonathan’s efforts being to improve the quality of the sound produced.

In early 1993 Jonathan developed techniques required to produce tuned drums and the non-tuned versions are no longer available. The tuned drums are in the pentatonic scale and can be made to order in any key. Zyladrums are best played as percussion rather than a melodic instruments and lend themselves to intuitive...

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Judi Power Thomson

Judi Power Thomson was born in Sydney and studied at the National Art School before moving to Canberra where she continued her studies at the Canberra School of Art. She has always been interested in figurative works starting her career as a commissioned portrait painter in oils.

Judi is a competent artist in all mediums and has won numerous awards for her work including first prizes in watercolour oil acrylic and mixed media. She has won Champion Exhibit at the Royal Canberra Show and has been a finalist in the Walkom Manning Art Prize Bega Regional Gallery Art Award the Shirley...

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Judy Wilford

Judy Wilford is a multi-talented artist who over the years has worked her way through painting designing printmaking weaving ceramics and needlework. Surprisingly her background is in nursing first as a midwife in England and later with the Flying Doctor Service in West Australia. Judy discovered fabric and thread in the early 80s. With some help from correspondence courses she taught herself the ins and outs of needlework. She is now frequently called upon to conduct her own workshops.

The concepts and designs in Judy's textile work draws on her experiences with dying printing and...

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Kali Products

At Kali Products premium Tasmanian craftwoods are transformed into appealing yet functional products. Many of the designs are routed from a solid piece of quality timber and all are carefully hand finished. All timber used is sourced from reputable licensed specialist timber merchants and many of the coops under their care have been sustainedly harvested for generations.

A love of the wild West Coast of Tasmania led Toby Holmes to purchase Kali Products in early 2001 and transfer the skills he had acquired through twenty years of precision automotive and industrial engineering to...

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