Lynne McLaren works in the hardest of mediums to reflect the softness of nature. Her material is concrete – a difficult, unforgiving and inherently insensible medium, and yet she finds it absorbs every detail during casting.
“I have to work fast because concrete sets quickly,” she says. “Casting to a form is easy, the finishing takes a while longer. I love doing free form pieces as you can never tell what the finish will be like. These surprise me all the time.”
Out of this comes an arresting array of bowls, plates, dishes and pots suitable for the home and the garden. They range from small incidental pieces suitable for holding bits and pieces like jewellery, pens or house keys, to large creations that are so heavy they can only be placed in the center of a table or out in the garden and then left there to display whatever the owner chooses – fruit or flowers or shells from the beach. She uses colour sparingly, but is increasingly looking at adding tones.
Lynne is a Savusavu resident. With the help of her husband Lindsay, she has set up her workshop at home overlooking the bay.