Pat George is a self-taught artist, with over twenty years experience as a ceramic artist. She has taught throughout England, working with Harry Frazer, a well known English potter, and his company Potclays in Stoke on Trent and Lambourne Studio in Berkshire. Pat became hooked on mosaics when she first came across the art form in the early 80’s on Waiheke Island, when she helped Verliska Campaign to mosaic the local Kindergarten Garden entrance. Mosaic art has always challenged and inspired her to develop the art form in exciting new ways. She is always looking for different materials to incorporate into her pieces often creating a three dimensional complex designs.
Pat has shared her knowledge of mosaic techniques through teaching for many years, including five years of teaching intellectually disabled clients, at Kaurilands Skills Centre in Tokatoka. She now teaches classes from her home studio “Foxhanger Studio” with her husband Steve George, a mosaic artist in his own right. They share their knowledge through weekly classes, weekend workshops and occasionally hosting international mosaic artists workshops, at their beautiful property Moewaka Villa B&B in Matakohe.
PRESENTATION: Te Hononga: ’Joining of the People’.
Working on the mosaic elements of the Te Hononga-Hundertwasser Park Centre in Kawakawa, New Zealand.
Pat George joined the team of artists working on the project in 2019. By the start of the NZ lockdown in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Pat was set to start the mosaic panels. With the help of Steve her husband she spent the months in lockdown working in their studio creating numerous mosaic panels for the project. The moment New Zealand was back to work, Pat started to work side by side with the tilers to create the bathrooms/toilets. By September 2020 the final touches and mosaic work on the Hundertwasser inspired pillars had been done, just in time for PM Jacinda Ardern to open the project to the public.