Saturday, 23 November 2019

Anna Rowbury


Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall
16 November - 16 December 2019

Vestige explores the fragmented nature of memory and history through an evocative installation incorporating ceramic objects and painting. (From the catalogue)

Rowbury eloquently presents a series of wall hanging and table-based forms that speak to a passion for particular surface quality. The artist is trained in both painting and ceramics. Her ceramic closed vessels and angular timber boxes express a painterly effect that conjures time aged materials such as frescoes
There is a sense of nostalgic reference to the efforts of human-construction. Cogs, spindles, screws and bolts are conjured from clay into sculptures that defy scale and reference remnant detritus from the industrial revolution. These things acknowledge mechanisation but also the human hand. Rowbury's boxes reference sections of architecture representing a model for a plinth, column or cornice. 

It is no surprise that Rowbury has just returned from Venice; her colour palette could have been washed and buffed by the waters of the Adriatic Sea.   

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Yuri Wiedenhofer


Current wood-fired ceramics by highly respected Artist Yuri Wiedenhofer
16 November - 1 December 2019Skepsi Gallery Malvern Artists’ Society Gallery
1297 High Street, Malvern Victoria

Wiedenhofer offers a range of vessels and poetic intriguing forms in this solo exhibition. 


Grateful that attending this exhibition and researching Yuri uncovered an amazing film entitled Looking For Clay by Tiwi Arts:

Robert Puruntatameri is a most talented and devoted potter. Robert inherited his skills from his well known father, Aboriginal potter Eddie Puruntatameri, who founded both the Tiwi Pottery on Bathurst Island and Pirlangimpi Pottery at Munupi Arts at Melville Island.
In the middle of 2013 Robert collaborated with Yuri Wiedenhofer, an old style potter from the hills of Canberra. For three weeks they gathered local earth materials and took them back into the studio to turn into something you can hold in your hands everyday.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Victorian Craft Award - the ceramic issue!

Craft Victoria
Watson Place, Melbourne

19 October - 30 November 2019

A really handsome and spacious presentation of 51 selected members of Craft. Congratulations to curator Chlöe and Craft staff for pulling this together. 

Award for Excellence 

(Recognising the highest achievement in creativity, innovation and design across media. Supported by the Bowness Family Foundation.)

Delighted to cheer the Award for Excellent given to David Ray for his baroquely decorated soup turin. 
Upon acceptance of his award, David took the microphone to remind us all that Australia continues to be in denial of our genocidal history and that this work highlights the lie that Australia Day celebrates. 

David Ray, Impact, 2018, earthenware

Ceramic works also featured:

Jan Vogelpoel, Shadow and Ghost, Scarva & earthenware

Chris Plumridge, Creativity stone, porcelain, original glazes

Jane Sawyer, Planetary: Gas Giant #1, ceramic

Sally Kent, Pods, porcelain

Vanessa Lucas, Placid vases, porcelain

Garry BIsh, Dark Cathedral, ceramic slip cast

Alan Constable, Not titled (telescope), earthenware, glaze

Magdalena Dmowska, Oblivious, ceramic

Cassie Leatham, Women On Country, pipeclay, river reeds, ema fat, ochre, sinew

Dawn Tang, Sunset - Pink Glow, porcelaneous stoneware, colour slips, glaze

kate Brouwer, Kaiketsu Vase, stoneware clay & glaze

Yoko Ozawa, Tsutusmareru - Surrounded, stoneware, porcelain, glaze

Michaela Pegrum, Mutual Bloom, silk, copper, terracotta, wood ash 

Honorary inclusion for the wonder of these enameled and rusted surfaces, eloquent vessels and refined rims. 

Katrina Tyler, Urban Vessels, oxidised copper, enamel paint

Rosie Gunzburg, Stitch, mild steel, enamel, brass

Inari Kiuru, Blink (a thought about time), mild steel, enamel, glass, aluminium, glass, human ashes, paint, iron, patine, wax, magnets. 

Friday, 18 October 2019

Ceramics at Pieces of Eight

Pieces of Eight

28 Russell Pl, Melbourne

Know to be a contemporary gold and silversmith gallery, I was pleased to see the retail and hanging plinth featuring the work of Tessy King. 

Tessy King


Also vessels and vessel collaborations from:

Jessilla Rogers & Seb Brown

Erub Arts

Sunday, 25 August 2019

2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramics Award

The 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (SMFACA) celebrates and promotes contemporary Australian artists working in the ceramic medium. With $50,000 in prize money, the SMFACA cements its place as the premier Australian acquisitive ceramic award.
The prestigious $50,000 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Lynda Draper for her work 'Somnambulism', 2019.
The 2019 shortlisted artists are:
  • Julie Bartholomew
  • Stephen Bird
  • Greg Daly
  • Lynda Draper
  • Juz Kitson
  • Isadora Vaughan

Julie Bartholomew


Lynda Draper



Greg Daly



Juz Kitson 


Isadora Vaughan 



Anna Rowbury

Vestige Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall 16 November - 16 December 2019 Vestige explores the fragmented nature of memory and histo...