Skip to main content

I just found this interview on the TBI website

with a local artist Paul Rayner and I thought you may enjoy reading it as I did.

Paul Rayner enjoys a double-life in his real life and artistic one. As a ceramicist he is fond of self-portraiture, modelling himself in various guises from Goldilocks to Humpty Dumpty. More recently he’s moved out of the storybook realm to re-create himself as other people such as fellow artist, Ronnie van Hout. In real life he’s also well known for trotting out his drag personality, Miss Courtenay Place, at exhibitions.

During what hours of the day do you feel most inspired?
I have to eat at least two meals and drink at least 2 coffees before anything happens.

How would a good friend describe your aesthetic or style?
Shabby chic.

What aspect of your creative practice gives you the biggest thrill?

How do you think your environment affects your work?
As long as I’ve got a stereo and something to lean on I could work anywhere.

Do you like to look at the big picture or focus on the details?
The ‘big picture’ is a jigsaw made from lots of details. So, the bigger the picture the more chance there is that some of the pieces are missing…You started off your career as a ‘paparazzi’ celebrity portrait painter and in 2004 took up ceramics.

What brought about the change in direction?
My brother Mark introduced me to clay and that’s when I discovered the Joy of Three Dimensions.

You are fond of self-portraiture - modelling yourself in various guises. What are some of your favourites and what is your most recent guise?
I loved my ‘nursery’ characters – Self-portrait as ‘Goldilocks’ is a hoot as in real life I’m as bald as a bandicoot. Humpty Dumpty falling off a wall is like, Pride comes before a fall, and ‘Paulocchio’ has a very long and suggestively shaped nose. My most recent guise is ‘Straight Self Portrait’…

Will we see Miss Courtenay Place at this exhibition?
In the ‘educational movie’ that accompanies the works, and if she has her way, there’ll be a range of merchandise sporting her curvi-liscious body too!

How does your artistic alter egos parallel your life?
Crikey I hadn’t realised I’m so like that woman Sybil (in the movie starring Sally Field) with the sixteen personalities!!

What's your number one business tip for surviving (and thriving) in the creative industries?
Become a Capitalist (haha!)

Which of your projects to date has given you the most satisfaction?
I’m currently making a set of Split Enz ceramics for this NewDowse show. They’re vases and the crazy hairstyles have led to some wildly shaped forms.

Who or what has inspired you recently?
Sharon Millaire. Her horoscopes in the Wanganui Chronicle literally make my day.

If you could go back and choose a completely different career path to the one you've chosen, what would it be?
A Hansard reporter at Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

What place is always with you, wherever you go?Courtenay PlaceWhat's the best way to listen to music, and why?
Vinyl LPs – in summer after 8pm sitting on the back step with a glass of red; in winter after 8pm by an open fire with a glass of red.

You are given a piece of string, a stick and some fabric. What do you make?
A mess!

What's the best stress relief advice you've ever been given?
Sleep on it.

What's great about today?
I’ve got more to look forward to than I’ll have tomorrow.

What’s your big idea for 2008?
To get a really BIG kiln.


Paul Rayner’s work can be seen from February 9 to July 27 in Wellington at TheNewDowse’s exhibition, The Magic of Mud, which explores the creative processes of nine established New Zealand artists.


Popular posts from this blog

Art Every Day Month Day 7 - Encaustic Wax

I'm really enjoying blogging again, it's been years since I have written everyday. I used to do morning pages before I got pregnant, I have heaps of books full of my dribble. The Artist Way by Julia Cameron got me into the morning pages! Every artist should own a copy of that book! 
I was talking to a friend yesterday and she wanted me to order her a box of encaustic wax. I haven't done any encasutic for such a long time, so today was the day to dust off the cobwebs and get melting. 
Here are my 2 creations for the day...

Releasing my MADNESS! 

Getting more into it without distractions

Don't you love the texture wax makes!
I have been looking for my cutter cause this card is too big and I just can't find it anywhere. 
Here are some other pieces I have done, in the past with encaustic wax.

This one was done with the iron on card.

This one was done with the iron on card. 

This one was done with the iron on card.

This one was done with the iron on card.

This was done with a paint…

Art Every Day Month Day 28 - Helpful tips for NZ Artists

I want to share with you some very basic tips for New Zealand Artists.
If you don't have access to a computer buy one ASAP, it will open many opportunities for you, not just in your local community but all over the world.
PACE Program  
Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment (financial assistance). PACE was launched by Minister's Maharey and Tizard on 9 November 2001 and became effective from 12 November 2001 (I was one of the first on the PACE program). The aim of PACE is to assist job seekers willing and able to pursue a career in the arts and creative industries to move to wards sustainable employment and self-sufficiency. To find out more visit and search 'PACE'.
If you don't have an email address I recommend using Gmail. Gmail offers you to store larger amounts of data. Make sure you keep all your emails to clients as a reference to look back at from time to time.  Visit: to sign up for a free address. When making an email ad…

Finally life is back to normal

Today is the first day in nearly 2 weeks that we have back our happy little singing girl. Nothing worse than a sick child! It makes you realise, on days like today, how lucky we have it.
I got a lot done today I started painting a series of affirmations paintings for our house. It will be nice to be surrounded in positive words when we need them. Called into the recycling centre and the supermarket. Gave shit to plummer Dan when he walked in on me cleaning the shower and chatted to the builder who is fixing our bathroom floor. Caught up with Chanz, Mum and Lyn. Got my 4 artist trading cards ready to send off 2mora for the next trade. Bought a Norfolk pine for our Christmas Tree, potted it in a lovely pot and decorated. I also split up one of my plants that I have wanted to do for sometime now but had ran out of potting mix. I got a shock when I drove into the Springvale Garden Centre it's FLASH! They have a kids play area, I have never been to a garden centre with a playground in …