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Engaging Form

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Maria Vanhees, More Than Skin-Deep ll, earthenware, press-mould and coil built, soda fired, H47 x W53 x D34cm.  2009  (detail)

Feast your eyes on these examples from an exhibition showcasing 45 of the best of Australian Ceramists.  The exhibition, Engaging Form, was curated by Austrailian ceramics guru Anna Maas,  within the Barn at Montsalvat. Public response was outstanding.  Anna was there every day to explain technique and to offer information about the history of the artists. Her wealth of knowledge and generous approach to interested visitors added an extra dimension to the exhibition.

Included in the exhibition were Victor Greenaway and Timothy Clarkson who have both been featured on Isiiad. If you would like to know more about any of the artists, please contact Anna Maas through her website Skepsi on Swanston.

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Natasha Hosny©, Passing Through, porcelain, installation, H14 x W17 x D30, 2012

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Dean Smith©Palladium Light, fine white stoneware, matt crystalline glaze, applied palladium leaf, H60 x W30 x D12cm, 2012

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Fleur Schell©Duck Wanting to be a Rabbit - Tea Set, porcelain, teapot H37 x W30 x D13, cup H11 x W12 x C8, 2012

The whimsy of this piece was utterly delightful.  I imagined that any minute the Mad Hatter would appear and invite me to tea.  This work beautifully reveals the essence of Fleur Schell's arts practice,

"...I am drawn to objects that teleport me back to my childhood - a time when many inanimate objects cluttering the sills of our farm house secretly winked, giggled or pretended to be frozen when I glanced up at them.  I was convinced our 70's Bakelite tripod salt and pepper shaker danced across our dining room table while we slept.  

My immediate surroundings and an intimate involvement in the lives of my two young children Heidi and Harry, their infectious joy and unwaviering belief in magic, are a continual inspiration to me."  Page 43, Engaging Form  Exemplary Australian Ceramics Skepsi on Swanston @ Montsalvat 2012

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Kirk Winter©Pitjantjara Donkey, earthenware, Axedale ball clay, glass cullet, Thorpdale bauxite, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, Yarra River yellow ochre, carbonized rice hull, Acacia deal bata resin, H24 x D22cm, 2012.

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Jeff Minchin© (detail)

"There is something sublime in the experience of nature, between you and what you see, and that's where the important art is. My work arises from direct experiences within the landscape, and is loaded with metaphors of memories related to those special places.  The surfaces reflect an ongoing  passion for the South Australian countryside.  These environments are expressed through bold graphic interpretations of patterns, colours and textural effects which summarize my thematic work."  Page 30, Engaging Form  Exemplary Australian Ceramics.  Skepsi on Swantson @ Montsalvat 2012.

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Kim-Ahn Nguyen© 

"Underlying my work is a profound respect for the historical and cultural significance of all indigenous people.  This work has reference to the spiky spinifex grass, which is widely found in the Great Victorian Desert, in Western Australia, and the story associated with the Spinifex people and their land."  Page 34, Engaging Form  Exemplary Australian Ceramics Skepsi on Swanston @ Montsalvat 2012

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Garry Bish©Vessel: The Space Beyond, wheel thrown ceramic, H16.6 x W16cm, 2008.

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The catalogue for the exhibition, Engaging Form  Exemplary Australian Ceramics, is available at Montsalvat reception at a cost of $22.  It's an exquisite production featuring photographs and artist statements along with a photographic record of the makers marks for each artist.  Invaluable for collectors.

My congratulations to the artists and Anna Maas on putting together a very fine exhibition.

 

 

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