We are a home based arts business based in beautiful northern Tasmania, just outside the small but very creative town of Deloraine. Jacque is an artist who specialises in sculpting, especially garden art figures. When not doing clay work, Jacque paints and quilts. John sells books and CDs, especially music by Tasmanian musicians, who, despite the fact that we have a recording studio in town, are too modest to make CDs. We can be found at the Deloraine market on the first Saturday of each month, starting in September. We are exploring other appropriate markets and venues. In the fullness of time we will be setting up workshops etc. so keep an eye on our blogspot for these and other ventures. Thank you for taking the time to look at this, and do contact us should you see anything you like, or if you should want any art materials.

Deloraine Photos

This page is to show you where we live and work. Our studio is in Deloraine and our home in Meander, just 10 minutes out of town.

It is a truly beautiful part of the world. Up in the "bush" where we live there are lots of great walks, long or short. The next 2 photos show what it is like once you get past the swing bridge at the Huntsman Hideaway (a 2 storey wooden building for serious walkers to overnight in before hitting the long walks!)

Typical bush scenery, complete with Man Fern.
In the Motherland they are called Tree Ferns.The Tree Ferns in
England originally came from Tasmania as ballast in the sailing ships.

Jacque at Split Rock.

The Meander River at the Huntsman in the mountains

Huntsman Lake
Huntsman Lake is only a few years old, a product of the Meander Dam which was constructed to add to the hydro-electric production in Tasmania. The vegetation which was removed for the lake was completely re-planted around the lake to try to keep the same habitat for wildlife. It was also filled with trout and it became one of the venues for last year's national fly fishing championships.

We are very lucky that we live only a 2 minutes drive away, or half an hour's walk if we are feeling more energetic!

Huntsman Lake picnic & BBQ area

The exotic trees and plants within which the BBQ area was constructed are residual from the farmhouse garden which was originally here. When the moveable house was transported elsewhere, the garden remained and has been very effectively used. The BBQ mounts, tables and seats were designed and made by Kim Clark, a resident of nearby Jackey's Marsh.

The river at Meander, another venue at the fly fishing championships

The river gradually widens as it flows down to Meander, our home village & broadens out even further by the time it reaches Deloraine.

The Meander River flowing throught Deloraine
This is how the river looks by the time it gets down to Deloraine. There are footbridges at either end of town, so there is a lovely 'round robin' walk following the river bank. We have often seen platypuses (the real plural is 'platypodus!) and other wildlife.

One of the foot bridges at the caravan park

There is much more to Deloraine than the river. It is a lively, up-beat town of some 2500 people, many of whom are into arts and crafts. It has many active community groups, not just in the area of the arts (although there are lots of those) but from Tai Chi to Mahjong! It is a peaceful town, and its streets are wide and usually tree lined.

A typical residential street
The mountain of Quamby Bluff can be seen from all parts of Deloraine, and indeed the Meander Valley. As you leave either Launceston or Devonport travelling in our direction, you very soon see the mountain, and of course for us, where home is.
Quamby Bluff from the Visitor Information Centre

Well, that's enough for now. I'll leave you with 2 last photos from Meander.

Moonrise over Quamby Bluff
A volcanic ash assisted sunset from our bedroom window
Hope you've enjoyed this page and do keep popping back as I'll be adding more photos as I take them.