Our Artists and Artisans
Peppercorn Gallery artists and artisans are a collective of over fifty artists across a variety of mediums.
Patricia (Pj) Hopwood-Wade
PJ Paintings - Tasmanian Watercolour Artist
Why emus? This is a question I am often asked. When our workplace was being re-structured, I thought to myself, we need something in our office that will make us smile. I painted an emu. The feedback I received from that first emu watercolour painting was extraordinary. As it didn’t let up, I thought to myself, I’m not the only one who wants to look at a painting and smile. So, I painted more emus doing emu things and made my motto “helping put smiles on faces”.
Since then, I have branched out and now paint realistic Australian animals and birds, whimsical scenes and so some urban sketching. My work has been exhibited in numerous Tasmanian exhibitions and many paintings have been sold to private collections in Australia and abroad. I have received several People’s Choice and Highly Commended Awards, and in 2015, I was a finalist in a national illustration competition. My images have featured on furniture, puzzles and a children’s book.
My prints are printed in Tasmania on high quality 310gsm William Turner watercolour print paper with archival fade-free inks (guaranteed for over 60 years). The watercolour texture often brings generates the question, “is this an original”?
Currently, my work is available at Art as Mania, Artefacts and Peppercorn Galleries in Tasmania, in addition to my online and Salamanca Market (site 30) platforms.
Bruce Halpin & Carol Rue
Bruce and Carol are joint members of the Peppercorn Galley.
Bruce creates stunning Recycled and Refashioned Silver Jewellery. Although Bruce is a recent member of Peppercorn Gallery he has been recycling cutlery and other silverware for more than twenty years.
Bruce has perfected his craft during this time and takes pride in being the best at what he does. He has many returning customers who add to his beautifully crafted jewellery.
Carol is the member on duty most Saturdays at Peppercorn Gallery as Bruce has a stall at Salamanca Market in Hobart. Carol has a background in art and exhibited widely in northern NSW and southern Queensland before moving to Tasmania to attend the University of Tasmania, gaining her Bachelor of Teaching in 2003 Carol is currently on sabbatical from teaching enabling her to return to creating handmade paper. She is currently working on unique pieces of jewellery created from her own paper made in her studio in beautiful Boomer Bay.
Maureen has been a lecturer, consultant and researcher in educational drama and visual art at the University of Tasmania. Her enthusiasm for each creative area spills into the other.
“I am often asked why I paint flowers. I wonder if this is linked to my early life on the west coast of Tasmania where I spent hours watching my mother work as a florist. The flowers I choose to paint are the ones I love. Flowers are uncomplicated, beautiful, and full of serenity in this challenging world.
My palette is made of mainly transparent colours. In painting flowers I find that my subject matter is unlimited. Every flower has a different texture, form and colour.
With every painting I challenge myself to express not just the form but also the essence of the form. I choose to work with the acrylic medium opting to use mainly the ‘Golden’ brand for its strength of pigment and flexibility.
Within my work I aim to achieve an exceptional three dimensional quality describing texture through the subtle manipulation of tone, making each flower vibrant and full of life. I like the viewer to feel they can see into and beyond the heart of the flower.” Maureen Innes
Maureen is self-taught but has also spent time at the Tasmanian School of Art. She recently spent 10 days painting in the Barossa Valley and hopes to do this again in the near future.
Brian Marriot & Jera Conan
Celtmania - Tasmania
Our jewellery is handmade and cast in our studios at the base of Kunanyi/ Mt Wellington and Cygnet. Our range includes brooches, earrings, pendants and charms, with an extensive variety of designs, with a focus on music, animals and Celtic.
We cast in lead free pewter using rubber and silicon moulds. All brooch pins are soldered for strength. All earrings are beaded with sterling silver eye pins and earring hooks. The finished product is silver plated oxidised and hand polished.
We have been market stall holders since 1988 when we began at Brisbane’s Riverside Craft market. We moved to Tasmania at the end of 2000, having done a decade of summer trading at the iconic Salamanca Market. We continue to sell our jewellery there every Saturday, all year round.
Bibiani & Prue Quarmby Designs
I explore techniques with metal, wood, paper, polymer clay and textiles. Sometimes these mediums are used together in design, sometimes by themselves for texture and form. My Tasmanian Collection contains jewellery of fine sterling silver cast on real foliage of Tasmanian endemic species, Tasmanian stones, such as East Coast granite, and designs using polymer clay colour mixes redolent of particular areas of Tasmania, such as the Freycinet Peninsula.
Bags from Rags
Karen has lived in Tasmania since 1981 when she moved here to begin her career as a scientist. She has always enjoyed arts and crafts and has dabbled in all sorts of crafty things in her spare time.
In 2014 she joined three other very creative friends to form Functionart, a cooperative with a passion to recycle and repurpose old and unwanted materials and things into creative and useful pieces. Karen started making bags from scraps and old clothes for presents for her friends and also various market stalls.
Her passion for textiles and colour and reusing old clothes, particularly jeans lead to her creating “Bags from Rags”. Each bag she makes is unique and incorporates embroidery, sashiko stitching, free motion quilting, old buttons and recycled yarn to form a unique piece of fabric art.
IN2WOOD - Woodworms
Scott has been IN2 WOOD for about 20 years after many years of enjoying working with wood as a hobby. He makes a wide range of finely crafted domestic wood wares such as cutting boards, trays, lazy susans as well as jewellery boxes and numerous other items from Tasmanian Timbers.
Scott’s work is exceptional. He knows how to make the most out of our unique Tasmanian timbers, often combining different woods to great effect in the beautifully finished pieces that he produces. He has a sense of playfulness about him and this is evident in some of his work.