Thursday, 27 September 2018


Ceramics by David Pottinger

1-29 September 2018


Nerikomi Vessels ranging from 15cm to approx. 50cm tall.
Eye-wateringly fine technique and complexity of pattern.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Meditation on Bone

Heide 11: Albert & Mary Tucker Gallery
Heide Museum of Modern Art

1 September 2018 - 24 February 2019

Curated by Glenn Barkley

Barkley had the envious opportunity to sticky-nose around the Albert Tucker personal archive and library. Much of what he puts on public show highlights how deeply patronising many 1940-50s publications about indigenous cultures were.  Tucker's magazines, articles and book are set a amongst his collection of 'primitive' or 'naive' masks and sculptures. A group of Tucker self portraits, all with lascivious lips (no images of these!) and journal cover with Picasso as clown sets a creepily ambiguous tone. 

Added to these discoveries are hand-crafted beauties from contemporary Australian artists. The hang is dense, utilising Barkley's off-used 'history of ceramics prints' as gallery wall paper. This show hints at the what was in shadows of the sun-shiny Heide compound.

Louise Meuwissen, 

Scott Duncan Blank Expression, 2018, stoneware

the eyes have it - brrrr! From 1958 
Lynda Draper, Tony, 2014

Tom Polo

Ramesh Nitheyendran, Orange Mask,  2018 earthenware, shell

Tony Albert, No Place 3, 2009 type c photograph

Glenn Barkley (apologies missed this caption)

Artists are:
Laurence Aberhart
Tony Albert
Glenn Barkley
Dorothy Berry
Karla Dickens
Lynda Draper
Scott Duncan
Ruki Famé
Caroline Garcia
Simon Gende
Tarryn Gill
Raven Halfmoon
Glenda Havilah
John Havilah
Adrian Lazzaro
Louise Meuwissen
Ramesh Nitheyendran
Jason Phu
Tom Polo

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Object Narratives

First Site Gallery
RMIT University, Melbourne

29 August - 7 September 2018

Featuring students from RMIT Ceramics who are investigating how the ceramic object can tell a story, reveal an event, portray a character or reflect on a piece of text. 

Rory Young, Glare, porcelain 
Annabelle Stonehouse, Organism, stoneware, organic material
Emma Clark, Untitled, stoneware

Adrian Nelson, Rebirth Through Fire, stoneware

Anni Hapberg, Connections, porcelain, sisal

Leanne Marshall, After the Fire, porcelain

Kelly Greenhalgh, Embrace, stoneware
Kristin Burgham, Colour Play, porcelain

Nikolina Brown, Precious, stoneware, textile
Nicole Cocsis, Circle of Fifths, stoneware 

Charles Buckner, The Winners,  stoneware


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Niamh Minogue & Holly Macdonald


Niamh Minogue & Holly Macdonald

15 August - 9 September 2018

c3 Contemporary Art Space

A truly dynamic installation of materials that are both authentic & pure, deceptive & mannered. Holly and Niamh use a fixed grid, which mimics the Cartesian verticals and horizontals of the gallery rectangle. 'Things' are placed within these two frames that are fixed and fluid, float and spill. The installation is active and deliberately bossy, one needs to move in and around the space at all time.

The artists say:

GRADATION speaks to the act of making one material look like another material. The exhibition installation was a gradual process of constructing layers and interacting with the particulars of the site to render some materials visible and others invisible. Each spatial intervention and object offers a surface layer that interrogates its own authenticity and the hierarchy of materials it betrays within the context of personal curated environments, like one’s home, office or studio. In these intimate environments idleness, aspiration and personal preference combine to produce a constellation of things that hint at but ultimately conceal our inner lives.


Steel, vinyl, marble, Victorian Ash, pine, timber filler, rubber, plastic, plaster, oxide, felt, aluminium, dye, tissue paper, masking tape, PVA glue, polymer paint, enamel paint, stoneware, earthenware, terracotta, porcelain, glaze, underglaze, ceramic stain, air dry clay, contact, Araldite, styrofoam, polyurethane foam, quartz pebbles

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Melbourne Art Fair

2-5 August 2018
Southbank Arts Precinct

My favourite objects from the Art Fair, in no particular order, but fielding ideas of object, material and making that merge the history of art, the personal and the universal.

@ sullivan+strumpf

@ paul nache

Pain Chart
I don't call it a Spoiled Foot even though its a good summary. I call it a rotten foot. Picked up and then discarded, flying like Aphrodite and then based into the brick wall. I come limping home relishing in my attention. I am pain intolerant.
But I am not her, I am the blacksmith potter, waging war in the back waters. Trying my hand at this and that. Turning turning, hiding my limp behind the iron and the fire.
I am only Vulcan, only Vulcan.
My works are self-portraits that address my bodily scarring and the chronic pain. Chronic pain has no biological value, modern medicine cannot reliably treat chronic pain, it lacks both language and voice. The language of my clay making is my attempt to rid my bod of trauma and rescued my level of chronic pain. Catalogue essay by Virgina Leonard.

@ can't remember

@neon park

Spring 1883

The Hotel Windsor 
1-5 August 2018

A soft eye on the works across four floors of hotel suites to find the best and worst of ceramics and favourite objects. (I've only uploaded the best ;-)

@roslyn oxley9 gallery

Bellarmine XV, 2016 
45 x 38 x 38 cm 

@jan murphy gallery

@alaska projects

@arts project

@michel bugelli gallery

@project space


@Dutton/fort delta



@jan murphy gallery


@arts project

@sarah scout projects


Ceramics by David Pottinger 1-29 September 2018 Craft  Nerikomi Vessels ranging from 15cm to approx. 50cm tall. Eye-wateringly fine t...