Zeckwerkz has been creating architectural ceramics for commercial and residential situations since 1998. We design, manufacture and install architectural ceramics, architectural and decorative metal design elements, large decorated ceramic urns, water features and decorative hand formed and tooled copperwork.



This commission involved the design, manufacture and installation of three water features, in a new residential building.

Architecturally designed, the building is very organic, using natural materials, curved lines and lots of natural light. It is uniquely Australian, responding to our climate and landscape. The house is also understated, the facade belies the treasures within, which you come upon when you enter the front portal.

A central pond and waterwall form the core of the house and water flows from here to two other water features. There is a sense of their interconnectedness albeit on different levels and locations. The concept of water as a design element, is just as important as light, and its flow around the house is part of an energy continuum.

This project called for something special. In consideration of the style of the architecture and the nature of the design, the decorative motif we used had to be Australian in origin. It also had to tie all the water features together without just repeating the same thing in each situation.

Garry had made a drawing of the shadow made by a wattle branch some years ago and Jan, seeing the potential for other things, made this into a repeat pattern. The idea was then shelved for the next five years waiting for an opportunity to be used.

The Dalkeith project presented us with just that opportunity. We knew it needed artwork that would relate and also have the maturity to stand the test of time. We also wanted to use the same motif, in a variety of media, colours and scales, like a harmony in music that runs through a composition, sometimes quiet and soft and sometimes loud and bold. The wattle pattern was capable of carrying all these variations.

Perforated copper was cut in the wattle pattern and formed the outer screen to the Entry water feature. The water feature was created as a copper chute to follow the shape of the column to which it was fixed. Water is supplied through the column and flows down the chute and into the pond.

The water from the Entry feature flows down a series of bridges beside the entry path and over a final spillway wall and into a trough that spreads the water across the mosaic wall below. The mosaic tiles are handmade vitreous stoneware with applied textures. The tiles to the spill way wall, the trough and the bottom of the wall are also handmade.  

A curved wall formed the backdrop to the main water feature inside the house. Vitrified commercial floor tiles were screen printed with ceramic enamels using the same wattle motif at a slightly larger scale than the perforated copper screen.  The tiles cover an area 2.4 metres high by 4.8 metres long. A perforated copper screen with the same wattle motif was hung in front of the main water wall and obscured the water delivery system from view. Handmade tiles were designed and made to form the top edge to the pond and cover the junction of the fibreglass pond lining and the rendered wall above.

A hand made copper capital was made for the column which rises out of the pond, through two stories, and supports a curved soffit to the room above.


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