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Setting the scene . . . Dunedin ceramicist Kylie Matheson with one of her displays on show at Timaru's Aigantighe Art Gallery. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

Ceramicist Kylie Matheson has brought her talent to Timaru.

Matheson, who is based in Dunedin, has a selection of her works on display at Timaru’s Aigantighe Art Gallery, where she features as a guest artist in the annual South Canterbury Pottery Group exhibition.

Matheson draws inspiration from animals for her interactive ceramic displays, which include quirky interactions between the figurines.

For one display at the gallery, a rabbit piggy-backing off another rabbit is passing a carrot to a horse. The display is titled “Peace Offering”.

Matheson, who works from her Dunedin home, has been creating ceramic art works for the past six years and during that time has always used animals as her main focus.

“It’s nice to be able to capture it in clay,” she said.

She said having an interaction between the animals was a strong focus of her works.

“I think sometimes when the work’s on its own, it doesn’t really tell a story. There’s usually a bit of humour that comes in to the work, or story telling.”

Creations, which are made from paper clay, can take up to two days to complete, but that did not include the thought process, she said.

Paper clay was something she had enjoyed working with as it was “quite forgiving” for the work she wanted to achieve.

Matheson’s creations will remain on display at the Aigantighe Art Gallery until July 23.