Riverton High School teacher, James Butler exhibits his work

Art: James Butler in his studio with one of the QWORKY pots. Photo: Lis Jones Ingman.

Art: James Butler in his studio with one of the QWORKY pots. Photo: Lis Jones Ingman.

“QWORKY” is an exhibition of ceramics by James Butler who is showing his wares in the Burra Regional Art Gallery at present.

Mr Butler, who teaches art at Riverton High, has also worked as a potter, was a bee keeper and is a ukulele player who reflects all of his skills in his work.

His pots are both wheel turned and hand built, with sculptural details derived from human forms which decorate the medieval cathedrals of northern Europe.

"I love to create scenes with small figures that are playful, thought-provoking and quirky...hence the title,” Mr Butler said. 

His variously shaped vessels – vases, cups, and bowls supported by human figures – celebrate a fair go for all forms of life.

The surfaces are sgraffitoed with a decorative interpretation of the history of life, from amoebas and dinosaurs to elephants, mice and man.

Three of Mr Butler’s year 10 students are also exhibiting artworks in the accompanying portrait competition “Is That Me? You? Who?”.

The launch of the two exhibitions is this Saturday at 5.30pm, and they will run until June 18. The gallery is open from 1pm to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.

For more information contact Lis Jones Ingman on 0405 412 991 or Denise Officer 0411 749 473.

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