Antone works in basalt, granite and rusted steel, though primarily Queensland sandstone. This is a fine-grained, immensely strong material occurring in gentle earthy-cream colours, ideal for carving figurative and non-figurative forms. Antone’s work has immense presence. His pieces lend themselves to those wanting a serious artwork for their garden.
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Rudi has an extensive repertoire of work in coreten and stainless steel, copper and stone. These include limited edition water features, kinetic pieces, light box forms and static pieces. A kinetic piece by Rudi is often the focus of our quadrangle to meadow axis and another was pride of place in a Flemings award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden (courtesy of Cloudehill).
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Graeme’s pieces are to be found throughout Cloudehill, several from early days. The fern goddess pieces in the cool borders and the sphinx benches in the quadrangle are but two examples. At present we are displaying a major group: Graeme’s Eminent Australian Women series. These are magnificent examples of ceramic sculpture and deserve an important site.
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Extraordinary crystalline glazed porcelain fountains set in a framework of stainless steel. Ted is presently producing smaller pieces on par with the world’s best. (He lectures regularly overseas!) Three of his pieces have gone into the National Gallery collection in recent months and it’s a privilege to have his new water pieces in our pond. These are special and well-worth the visit.
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Ian’s passion is in text carved into sandstone and slate, and a number of his pieces are vital in Cloudehill. He is inspired by Hamilton Finlay’s work in Scotland at Little Sparta – one of the great gardens of recent times. Ian is a man of many parts however and we also have his paintings hanging in Seasons Restaurant, scenes from around Europe and Australia on copper, slate and paper.
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The loveliest of Claire Takacs’ photos of our big maples feature a glorious Rob Barron pot and it’s very exciting to have a few of his (very rare) ‘fire-box’ pieces for sale. It is in the nature of firing a Nabori Gama kiln only a handful of these are made each year. Their ash glazes make them amongst the most exciting and rewarding of works it’s possible to use in a garden.
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The original of Leopoldine’s piece installed in Cloudehill in the grotto was carved from Huon Pine and one of the loveliest examples of wood carving I’ve seen. The intention was to cast a series of three bronzes from the carving of which our piece is number two. The little story of meeting Leopoldine and purchasing the piece is covered in ‘Cloudehill: A Year in the Garden’.
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Madeline’s mile-stone figures are installed next to the path leading across Cloudehill’s lower Meadow. These are glazed terracotta, pieces from an exhibition of her work Cloudehill hosted around 2000.
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Daniel works largely in beaten copper, a craft he studied in Venice in the 1980s. A well-known grouping of his whimsical figures are to be found on the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets in Melbourne. Just stand and look up! We have one of his smaller lulu birds installed as a wind-vane floating above our potager garden. His pieces are frequently best a few metres above the garden.
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