Acclaimed international stone mosaic artist Jeffrey Bale has been working for several months in Central Otago’s Glenorchy area, gathering stones, stories, and learning about the unique geology of the Lakes Region to prepare himself for creating beautiful stepping stones and pathways at Camp Glenorchy.
Bale will be leading two special workshops on at Glenorchy’s Mrs Woolly’s General Store to share how anyone can learn to make their own pebble mosaic stepping stones to enhance their gardens at home or in commercial applications. The public is invited to participate in either of the two sessions, one at 10 am and the other at 2 pm.
Tours of Camp Glenorchy, including Artist Dan Kelly’s Scheelite Campfire Shelter and Jeffrey Bale’s initial stone mosaic works, are also open to the public and will begin at 12:30 pm.
Artist-in-residence Jeffrey Bale has been especially Inspired by the braided streambeds of the Dart and Rees Rivers at the head of Lake Wakatipu. “I love gathering stones and imagining the stories that might be attached to them in their geologic journey from the mountains to the rivers to the deltas of the lake,” said Bale, who has built dozens of initial stepping stone prototypes from rocks gathered from a wide variety of local sources. Many are on display at the Discovery Centre at Mrs Woolly’s General Store.
“Stone is everywhere in this region and much of it is Schist veined with quartzite, a Metamorphic rock formed from both sedimentary and volcanic stone. The ground in this area is full of rock from the alluvial deposits of streams, rivers, and slides from the surrounding mountains. Shorelines and gravel bars in rivers are great places to look for nicely shaped stones.”
Bale has done stone mosaic installations around the globe and been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Landscape Magazine, and Fine Gardening as well as on his own extensive blog, http://jeffreygardens.blogspot.co.nz, with more than 15,000 followers worldwide.
Participants in the two “Secrets to Creating Your Own Beautiful Garden Stepping Stones” workshops will learn about local stones, tips, and tricks to finding the right shapes, how to compose a stepping stone and handle materials. The mosaics created at the public workshops on 25th March will be set in mortar in forms and become part of functional art features at Camp Glenorchy.
Both adults and children are invited to register for one of the two free two-hour Pebble Mosaic Stepping Stone workshops.