We were introduced to Mandys’ work in a group show we curated displaying seven Nelson based potters. Immediately it became apparent that her work was at home at Artform. The aesthetic style, the beauty and immense tangible work involved in each and every piece makes them little gems to work with. They are captivating, delicate, contemporary yet classic pieces of utter delight, and it always helps when the maker is the as lovely as the pieces are! ARTFORM
Mandy Gargiulo is a ceramic artist based in Nelson, New Zealand. Working exclusively with porcelain, Mandy draws inspiration for her ceramics from the shapes and textures of her natural surrounds. Flowers, leaves and the sea are all strong influences on her work. Celebrating what she terms the “beautifully perfect imperfection of nature,” no two pieces of work she creates are identical. Mandy’s pieces all show the signs of the hand that has made them and the personality and materiality of porcelain as a medium. Juxtaposing the crisp brittleness of the unglazed exterior of her bowls and vases with soft, smooth, glazed interiors, Mandy’s pieces encapsulate and enhance the perfect imperfections of the natural world.