Wattle & Native Bees Large Oval Platter by Casa Adams Fine Wares - CAA.002



Wattle & Native Bees Large Oval Platter by Casa Adams Fine Wares

380mm x 300mm

Handbuilt and painted porcelain

This large platter depicts a Black Wattle shrub about to be visited by some native bees (Blue-banded, Native Stingless, Masked and Teddy-bear). Wattles provide an invaluable source of pollen to bees during the winter months when not much else is available.

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About the Artist: Araceli Adams
Dulwich Hill, NSW

Araceli Adams runs the small ceramics studio Casa Adams Fine Wares (with the inestimable help of her husband Dominic) in Sydney's Inner West. Born in Spain, she was introduced to ceramics in Toronto (Canada) and to the mysteries of porcelain in New York City's Greenwich House Pottery. Araceli holds a BA in English, an MA in Marketing and a Diploma of Ceramics (with Distinction). In a nod to hand-coloured 18th century natural history copperplate engravings, Araceli monoprints her illustrations on to the clay pieces she also makes by hand. After a first firing in the kiln, she paints them with watercolour-like washes of underglaze. Each piece is then meticulously glazed and fired a second time, producing functional artworks that are equally at home in daily use or on the wall. The studio’s designs are inspired by Australia’s rich biodiversity, with the aim to recreate the wonder and curiosity felt by botanists during the Age of Discovery. As the climate changes and more natural habitat is lost, Araceli hopes her works elicit the same wonder and joy, so we may be more inclined to value and preserve what we have. Additionally, the studio contributes to Carbon Positive Australia by planting a native tree or shrub for each piece sold. Araceli's work mirrors that of the Gardens in its focus on native Australian plants and the local pollinators that rely on them. Each plant species is painted with botanic rigour, each insect is identified, so the ceramic pieces serve not only as functional wares but also as educational tools. In terms of the studio's Australian fish collection, many of the species (including the Pacific Rockcod and Eastern Wirrah) can actually be found in Sydney's harbour, which borders the Gardens.

About Artisans in the Gardens: Bringing together a diverse selection of Australia’s creative heavyweights and emerging stars, the Artisans in the Gardens exhibition, online in October and in person in March 2022, commemorates its 20th anniversary. Since launching in 2000 with just four exhibitors in one small room, the prestigious exhibition has evolved into a sophisticated showcase featuring more than 3,000 works across a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, hand-blown glass, ceramics, photography, embroidery, weaving, textiles and jewellery. Proceeds from all sales support the artists and Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens – a not-for-profit organisation devoted to protecting, promoting and contributing to the development of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

Any questions please contact Foundation & Friends: foundation.friends@botanicgardens.nsw.gov.au or 02 9231 8182