Jeff Mincham at Mornington Peninsula
Friday October 26 2012
Last Saturday afternoon Jeff Mincham: Ceramics opened at its final venue at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery. A great crowd rolled up to listen to Dr Kevin Murray and Jeff talk about the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft program – (Kevin was on the second selection panel when Jeff was chosen as our 2009 Living Treasure so there was a relevance to his opening of this final exhibition).
It has been an interesting exercise to see the diverse manifestations of this show in venues both large and small around the country. With the exhibition finishing its long national tour, I felt a certain melancholia walking around the exhibition space looking at the works for the last time. The popularity of the Living Treasures exhibition with audiences has mainly been due to the pictorial relationship between the artist, his works and his landscape experiences throughout South Australia.
Sidney Myer Fund — Australian Ceramic Award
Tuesday October 16 2012
Object-er Alexandra Standen returns home from installing a new series of work at Shepparton Art Museum as part of the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. She shares what winning the award means to her. To read about her win earlier this year, head here.
I am a recent graduate from the National Art School in Sydney and it was here that I first fell in love with clay and its addictive quality. I spent four amazing years at art school learning from some of the most wonderful teachers and practicing artists. Therefore it would be hard for me to start this post without acknowledging the profound impact they had on my artistic career.
Stepping out of an art institution is a very scary prospect and like so many emerging artists I realized that in order to sustain my art practice I would need a studio space. I needed kiln access and bench space and my little house in Sydney’s Inner West just wasn’t going to cut it.
Object-er Sarah has Mastered her art at NAS
Friday September 21 2012
Our friends at The National Art School enjoy legendary status as Australia’s longest continuing art school and in that, boast an impressive alumnus of acclaimed Australian artists. Add Master Ceramicist Sarah O’Sullivan to the list.
A recent graduate of the Masters of Fine Art program, Sarah thrives on challenging herself and her materials. By pushing and stretching ceramics to the limit, she has created her latest body of work to investigate how decoration is used in domestic ceramics to navigate relationships between people, and the natural Australian environment. Inspiration for the colours and textures were drawn from a three month internship that Sarah undertook at the end of 2011, in an indigenous art centre in a remote community.
Jeff Mincham:Ceramics Opens In Geraldton
Wednesday July 11 2012
Last week Jeff Mincham: Ceramics opened at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and the news from this, our second Western Australian venue is that it is already a great success.
Although Jeff Mincham hails from South Australia, he is also a well known and respected ceramicist in WA, especially in Geraldton where he held a number of workshops in the 1980s and 90s. Jeff feels that his exhibition has a strong affinity with the Geraldton area, especially the environment and he hopes that WA audiences with see this connection.
Touring In The WA Sun
Thursday April 26 2012
Well, for those of you who are intrigued with my touring exhibitions weather woes as I travel the country installing Object’s great touring exhibitions, you will be happy to know that I am in Bunbury, Western Australia, installing the Jeff Mincham: Ceramics exhibition at Bunbury Regional Gallery. The weather is very warm, sunny and fine — no rain or flood here!
The staff at the gallery are so excited about this exhibition as they haven’t had a ceramic exhibition of this calibre for a very long time. We are just about finished with the install and just waiting for the lighting to be finessed before the exhibition opens to the public here.
HYPERCLAY Catalogue App Available Now
Friday December 16 2011
We’re very excited to announce that the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics app developed as part of the touring exhibition is now available for everyone to download from the App Store in iTunes, exclusively for iPad. Divided into nine sections, the app has a profile, process, expert and student video for each of the eight artists, as well as a look at international ceramics, a word from the producer, and a look at material technology.
Designed to take the place of a traditional catalogue, the HYPERCLAY app contains over two hours of video content, some of which were included in the profiles of the HYPERCLAY artists on Object Eye over recent months. The app is free, and a great insight into the works and the artists. If you have seen the show already, you can catch up on any videos you may have missed, and if you plan on catching it over the course of the tour you can get acquainted with the exhibition before it arrives. And if it isn’t touring near you, it means you don’t miss out on all of the great information complementing the works!
Paul Wood — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 30 2011
Welcome to the final instalment of the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week for the last eight weeks we have looked at one of the artists involved in the exhibition currently on show at Object Gallery in Sydney. Click here to catch up on the rest of the series.
This week: Paul Wood.
Paul Wood graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, before going on to attain in 2003 a Graduate Diploma from VCA also. As part of his Graduate Diploma, Wood decided that, rather than create functional objects, he would distort them, transforming them into non-functional objects in the process. You can watch a video of Wood discussing the creation of his work for HYPERCLAY in our Video & Audio Gallery here.
Pip McManus — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 23 2011
Welcome to the penultimate instalment in the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week for the last seven weeks we have been profiling the artists involved in HYPERCLAY — you can catch up on the rest of the series here.
This week: Pip McManus.
McManus was raised in Perth, where she studied French at the University of Western Australia, before she spent some years travelling through Europe and Africa. She then returned to Australia, studying ceramics full time in Adelaide in the late 1970s before relocating to Alice Springs in 1981, where she has been based ever since.
Addison Marshall — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 16 2011
Welcome to installment six in the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week we have been profiling one of the eight artists involved in HYPERCLAY — you can catch up on the series here.
This week: Addison Marshall.
You may remember Marshall from his profile in Object magazine Issue 60, with a focus on International Ceramics. If you don’t have an iPad and can’t download the issue, you can watch the video, narrated by Marshall, here or download it through iTunes U.
Marshall spent twelve years working in the fashion industry before a short course ten years ago reignited a latent passion stewing since a night course he enrolled in when he was eight or nine — joining a class where he was the only kid in a room full of adults. Now, he has been practicing ceramics for five years, drawing inspiration from the universe and the unknown — reflected generally in his work, and quite literally here.
Andrea Hylands - HYPERCLAY
Thursday November 10 2011
Welcome to the fifth instalment of our 8-part series, profiling the artists featured in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. You can catch up on all of the previous entries here.
This week: Andrea Hylands.
Hylands grew up initially in Iran, where her parents were based, before relocating to the UK, where she went to art college. European artists then became her influence, prior to her moving to Australia in the early 1980s. Here, she set up her studio in central Victoria, beginning her ceramics practice in earnest.
Hylands work for HYPERCLAY, New Warriors, is a collection of 55 slipcast bone china figures on a found wooden base. Each figure is unique, the result of hand manoeuvred slip within a mould, lined up in rows on the base. They are beautiful, fragile-looking pieces, simple and complex at the same time.