NEW EXHIBITION: Johanna De Maine.

Ceramicist Johanna De Maine to put Coast on arts map

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed ceramicist Johanna De Maine long ago put the inspirational Glasshouse Mountains area on the arts map with her exquisite porcelain creations.

De Maine grew up from the age of six in Maroochydore at a time when, newly arrived from Holland, she played with her siblings in the open lands that are now Sunshine Plaza.

Her artistic talents were unearthed as a young adult who by chance discovered the allure of pottery and never looked back.

Her highly successful career has spanned more than four decades and is testament to her dedication, research and hard wor.

But most of her inspiration is still drawn from the Sunshine Coast which has been the backdrop to most of her life.

Many long-time residents will know De Maine as the woman who made the pieces presented individually to the Queen, and Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark. But the royals are in the good company of avid collectors and aficionados across the globe.

After a challenging year, De Maine recently returned to her studio to explore new techniques, throwing and decorating ever more captivating artworks.

Her pots are the product of patience and painstaking care and like most work with clay, do not bring instant results.

Her exhibition, Sublime Beauty, opens today at Art on Cairncross, near Maleny, as part of the Horizon Festival.

This wonderful initiative by the Sunshine Coast Council is a true celebration of the richness of all the arts to be found across the region and De Maine's ceramic's exhibition will certainly be one of the highlights.

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