Sunday, 13 June 2010

Sam Ludden sculptures on show at the ROA Gallery

Sam Ludden's current exhibition in the ROA Gallery has a series of beautiful garden ceramic sculptures
with a unique Kiwi  feel about them.

My interest in ceramics and sculpture began at 15 working with a well-known local artist, Paul Melser. He
supported and encouraged me and from there I attended art college to study Ceramics Design and
Production. On completion of the Diploma Course I traveled to Europe and continued my studies in pottery
and sculpture in the north of England and south of France. Since my return to NZ seven years ago I have
established a pottery studio with two kilns, a large workshop and a showroom. I have a recognizable style
and have produced a large body of work. This includes solo exhibitions at Terra Terre in France and at
Aratoi Museum of History and Culture in Masterton, a joint exhibition at River East Gallery in Greytown
and a number of group exhibitions around New Zealand. In January 2008 I was accepted to exhibit at the
“Shapeshifter” Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at the New Dowse Public Gallery in Lower Hutt. This New
Zealand International Festival of the Arts 2008 event features over 50 exciting works by emerging and
established Kiwi sculptors. I am successfully selling my works through several galleries around New
Zealand. I have played a leading role in the creation of “Main Artery” a collective of artists and craftspeople
promoting Wairarapa art and I am currently Chairperson of this group. I have also been active in promoting
Culture and the Arts in my community regularly working with schools and community groups. Most
recently, Sam was the sole artist selected to submit a proposal for a large public sculpture in Masterton,
commissioned by the Masterton Trust Lands Trust.

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