Monday, August 31, 2009

A man with vision

Over the years we’ve seen some surprising things in studios. Peter Robinson’s buried in polystyrene, a Harley Davison parked in Shane Cotton’s and Phil Clairmont shifting five or six paintings before you could even step into the small garage he used to work in when he was based in Waikanae.

A few weeks ago we had another great studio moment, this time with our friend John Parker, potter and stage designer. When we arrived John was working at his wheel while watching Dynasty (he was onto series six, or was it seven?). The reason he didn’t start at our sudden appearance behind him was a rear vision mirror attached just above the potting wheel. Years of jumping out of his skin because of unexpected visitors inspired the best studio appliance we have seen so far.
Image: John Parker at work in his studio