Rachel Harré was born in Christchurch and graduated from The School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, in Printmaking. Rachel went on to exhibit paintings which mainly focused on the Canterbury landscape. While painting is her preoccupying focus of expression, she has found a liberation in the three dimensional nature of clay. Rachel has used some of the same techniques of woodcut and etching in her wall- relief tiles and sculptures.
Frank Malone was born in Christchurch and has a History Degree from the University of Canterbury. Frank was sixteen when he learnt to play guitar and he has been a singer / song- writer ever since. Frank has also had a love of working with clay which started when he was a university student. He made his first kick-wheel when he was eighteen, "out of an old car axle and bits and pieces lying around". Frank became a full-time artist in 2001. Since that time, he has explored new avenues of expression which can be seen in his coil and slab vessels. These vessels have become the formwork for Rachel's paintings and relief work.
In 1997, Rachel was awarded a scholarship to travel to Israel, where she and Frank studied in their respective fields of painting and pottery. On their return to New Zealand they decided to combine their work. Frank continued to explore the architectural form of clay and Rachel transferred the many years of experience, in landscape and figure art, into this new medium.
This has culminated in some outstanding collaborations which can be seen in their vessels and figures. The images become both a clay work and a painting.
Their studio and gallery in Kaiapoi, Fragments of Grace, was where they worked and exhibited for six years. Due to the Canterbury earthquake, in 2010, Fragments of Grace moved back to their home at Woodend Beach. Since the earthquakes Rachel and Frank, with a Creative NZ Grant, wrote and performed ‘Voyage of Hope’ a work that is in theatre, art and music. Their new musical works, ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ and ‘The quilt’ have been performed around Christchurch at different community events, conferences and Award Ceremonies.
They have exhibited widely, and their work has been in galleries in New Zealand, and overseas with their work being held in private collections in London, New York and Australia.
Some of their work is whimsical in nature, others express sorrow and loss. All celebrate the human spirit and those moments of love, joy and hope.
"I know nothing, except what everyone knows, if there when grace dances, I should dance”. WH Auden