Mandy OlsonContact: 06 874 9170

I began my journey into the wonderful world of clay in the mid 1990s, after dabbling in weaving, knitting and craft work from natural objects.
Initially I attended weekly evening classes at Wellington High School for several months and then spent the following two years at adult sculpture classes at Petone College, Lower Hutt. During my second year I began exhibiting with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. As well as producing work for their general exhibitions, I was part of a group exhibition called ‘Going Solo 12’ in 2000. I also entered work in the ‘2000 Norsewear Art Awards’ and my pieces sold well in both these exhibitions.

During this time I was approached by several galleries in both North and South Islands and Sydney Australia and I began supplying my work commercially. I was a member of ‘The Bakehouse Gallery’ in Cuba Street Wellington, as well as supplying for ‘Wellington Potters Co-op Gallery’ in Woodward Street Wellington.
In January 2001 I attended a Bronze Casting Workshop in the Wairarapa, produced several pieces and am currently working in this medium as well as in clay.

My work is largely narrative and figurative in nature with a quirky, humorous feel. I often prefer to work instinctively with little plan other than a phrase or a play on words that amuses me.
I sculpt mainly in a fine earthenware clay which requires 2 firings. When I create my bronze pieces, they are formed in wax and cast by the ‘Lost Wax’ method.
My most personally satisfying pieces are those that evolve as I push and pull the clay or soften and squeeze the wax until a form appears.

Clay Sculpture

Clay Sculpture

Mandy Olson's sculptures for sale in our shop

Mandy Olson’s sculptures for sale in our shop

Mandy Olson sculpture