The City Hall Arts Centre
17 Church Street
Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda


10am – 4pm Monday – Friday
10am – 2pm Saturdays

Evolve: New Creative Works by Rachel Furbert & Aubrey Hardy


Evolve: New Creative Works by Rachel Furbert & Aubrey Hardy

Studio B – January 8 – February 29 2010

Rachel Furbert and Aubrey Hardy are both employed at Bermuda Clayworks at Dockyard and have teamed up for this creative show of new works.

Rachel was the recipient of the BSoA Bursary Award in 2009 and used the funds to study at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where she studies throwing and firing techniques in ceramics.  She is exhibiting items that range from functional to abstract.

Aubrey Hardy is an American born artist and currently resides in Bermuda with her Bermudian husband. Aubrey always sought a creative outlet even as young child and began to formally study art at the age of 15. Her first Visual Arts class was a black and white photography class in her home state of Connecticut. She then went on to study photography at Bradford College in Massachusetts, where she took her first ceramics class. She worked as a professional photographer in the field as well as in the darkroom, where she developed black and white photography for professional photographers. She continued at Southern Connecticut State University and fell in love with clay as a medium for her creative expression. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, with a concentration in ceramic sculpture.

She is inspired by using clay as a means to convey her creative process. The feminine form, growth and nature are prevalent subjects in many of her forms. Marrying clay as a medium with her subject matter is an important element in her art work. Aubrey moved to Bermuda in February of 2009 where she is currently furthering her ceramics career with Bermuda Clayworks located in Dockyard.

Rachel says she find herself captivated by the growth and movement of forms found in nature. She is attracted to the visual rhythm of how they can often emulate the human form. Her work is an abstract representation of growth, nature and the female essence. She is ultimately inspired by life and all of its simplicity and shape and complexity and being. Her focus in ceramics is to combine both elements found in nature and the female form. The organic quality of clay married to the life like forms she creates, speak in visual volumes and offer a sense of environment for the viewer to be a part of. Her future focus is to work towards an installation (art that is created, constructed, or installed on the site where it is exhibited, often incorporating materials or physical features on the site) for the viewer to participate in a visual ecosystem.

Bermuda Sun Article January 8, 2010
Royal Gazette Article January 15 2010