Market Place is dedicated entirely to ceramics and is presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, hosted in Gandel Hall. Selected local and national artists will present their work to ceramics enthusiasts and collectors during this exciting event. Visitors will be delighted with a wide array of unique functional products for the home as well as stunning exhibition and scultpural pieces to add to their collections.
Guided Tours: In conjunction with Market Place, the Gallery will be offering two free guided tours of Australian Decorative Arts at 12pm and 2pm.
Terraluca means earth and light and has been a small operation since 2013. At terraluca beautiful ceramic tableware is created by potter/maker Anna Kaineder. She lives and works in the small rural town of Coonamble.
Beaver Galleries, Canberra’s largest commercial gallery, represents and promotes contemporary Australian artists working in a wide range of disciplines. The gallery has an active exhibition programme as well as a fantastic gallery shop featuring unusual and beautifully crafted products by some of Australia's leading craft artists. Ceramic artists featured at the Market Place include Kenji Uranishi, Shannon Garson, Wayne Mcara and Somchai Charoen, amongst others. Our diverse selection demonstrates the emphasis that Beaver Galleries places on exhibiting and selling work of the highest quality.
Broken Hill Potters Society is a group of crafty locals doing what they love – showcasing their work in fairs and exhibitions as well as hosting classes, workshops and more! Cynthia Langford, Lilly Spencer, Sandra Charlton, Sue Andrews and Sandy Bright are five members of the Broken Hill Pottery Society who will present their work together at the Market Place – predominately pit fired pots made of stone ware clay and a range of jewellery pieces.
The Canberra Potters’ Society Artist-in-Residence program is open to national and international potters and ceramicists. During their stay artists share their knowledge and skills through artist talks, master classes and exhibitions. The pieces for sale represent a small sample of work created by recent residents.
The Canberra Potters' Society Shop (creations in clay) is a cooperative run shop operating out of the Watson Arts Centre. The Society offers quality ceramic objects from talented local artists and crafts people: large and small sculptural artworks, jewellery, and a wide selection of functional wares such as mugs, bowls and teapots. The artists’ work presented at this stall create a mixture of functional, decorative and sculptural works and are award winning as well as nationally exhibited in their own right.
Catherine's love of making in clay is evident in her functional porcelain pieces, large thrown, coiled and joined pieces and figurative sculpture. After returning to Australia after five years living in New Zealand, she now works out of Strathnairn Arts. Her knowledge of process and experience as an artist enables her to produce elegant and creative pieces. Catherine's preference is to wood fire her work as well as creating her own glazes.
Cathy Franzi is a Canberra-based artist who draws into the porcelain surface of her wheel-thrown vessels to create textural marks representing Australian flora. Her botanical knowledge informs her image making as she makes reference to broader environmental issues. Chris Harford specialises in making highly crafted distinctive tableware in stoneware and porcelain. He currently designs and makes unique contemporary tableware in collaboration with the chefs of four of Canberra’s best restaurants. Harford has been the recipient of numerous awards for his sought after teapots.
An artist based in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Christina Baratinskas Goodman completed a BA (Visual) Honours at ANU School of Art and has won several awards and prizes in addition to her work being held in various collections. The inspiration for her work comes from nature, optical marvels including the effect of light on water, shadows and wonderful colourful creatures both great and small. The artist says, 'we are increasingly becoming bound up in our busy lives and often ignore the awe inspiring/spiritual wonders that the universe gives us each day of our lives, including the wonderful light show each evening as the sun sets. I choose to use bone china as this has characteristics which allow transmission of light through the material sometimes giving unique effects.'
Crosshatched is the work of artists Sandra Bowkett and Bhuvnesh Prasad. Bowkett's life working in clay has brought her in recent years to hand forming small porcelain vessels as well as building a wood firing kiln and returning to thrown table ware and classic glazes. Her work is stocked at many retail outlets throughout Australia. Visiting from India, Bhuvnesh's skills and family aesthetic has led to producing new forms and techniques in his practice which is grounded in Rajasthani pottery traditions. The artist runs his family pottery workshop and in recent years taken this on from his father Giri Raj Prasad.
Johanna DeMaine draws much of her inspiration from her surrounds based in the Sunshine Coast, close to the Glasshouse Mountains, as well as from the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. The artist's influence can be seen in DeMaine's use of finely thrown porcelain forms decorated with lustre and precious metals. In 1975, the artist established DeMaine Pottery Studio Gallery to produce quality hand thrown tableware. Exhibiting extensively nationally and internationally, DeMaine's work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia as well as in public art galleries, museums and government collections nationally and overseas. Her work is also held by HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England, Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark and the Governor General of Australia.
Dimity Kidston hand-makes sgraffito porcelain home wares and woven tapestry pieces as well as digitally printed cushions and silk scarves. Original tapestries are hand-woven and digital prints of her woven tapestries are printed in Melbourne. These digital prints are in very limited runs - no more than three each. Each ceramic piece is unique as they are all hand-carved.
Artist Denise McDonald has worked in production potteries and as an assistant to studio potters before setting up her studio in Sydney after returning from England in 2010. McDonald's functional tableware is sold through galleries, shops, markets, through an online Etsy shop and directly through her website. The artist will present her Flannel Flower range which is based on the 100 year old flower sourced from window glass of her childhood Federation House. This work speaks on many levels about Australian flora, architectural and decorative arts, history, family, home and belonging. McDonald's Waratah range is bright and extraverted as the flower it represents.
History and nostalgia inspire Fran Romano’s ceramic practise. Working under the label, FRattempo, her jewellery pieces are like ancient ceramic shards, or broken tiles. The artist uses many processes to work each piece individually, building up the ‘history’ of that object. The final works are like miniature abstract paintings and no two can ever be the same. Fran’s functional vessels, inspired by antique objects like tiny pill-bottles and delicate tea-cups, are beautiful to hold and designed for use.
Girl Nomad’s functional and wearable work focuses on form and patterning, paying homage to the pleasure of making. The artist, Richilde Flavell’s bottles and vases follow fluid generous throwing lines, while her earrings are flicked and hewn into graphic surfaces and quiet forms.
Gloria and her partner John share a studio, mostly amicably, underneath our house in Bellingen.
While they both work in coloured porcelain our processes are widely different. John works in coloured slips, layering up very thin layers on a plaster slab - then vessels are made from those slabs.
Gloria is presently working with plastic clay which she colours with stains and oxides. Designs are made into a log which is then sliced and rolled out to make largely functional work.
Iconic Canberra ceramicist and internationally renowned artist, Janet DeBoos will be introducing work from the Where is the Magpie? series to an Australian audience for the first time at Market Place. She sees functional work as ‘lying between the act of making and the act of use’ which is reflected within this series. First producing this work in response to an invitation to participate in an exhibition at The American Dinnerware Museum in Michigan - the exhibition was called ‘High Chair Fine Dining’ and it was well received with a series acquired by the museum. DeBoos has a major international reputation and enjoys drawing inspiration from her surroundings whether in Australia or overseas
Jo Wood is a Sydney-based home studio ceramic artist specialising in pinching out and hand pleating Southern Ice porcelain and making electric lighting, bowls and bottle forms - maximising on the translucency of the clay. At Market Place she will sell small and medium pleated bowls in a variety of textures and finishes.
Kaleb Romano’s work explores surface and patterning on ceramics, often draw designs directly from his wardrobe and knowledge of historical patterns. He is particularly interested in patterns that span across continents and are represented in pattern traditions all over the globe. This nod to international ceramic history is carried throughout to his forms, which are influenced by objects from China, Mesopotamia and South America, all cultures with rich ceramic vessels. The juxtaposition between rounded soft edges and straight geometric mirrors the contrast of natural and mechanical that surrounds our day to day lives.
Connecting craft, food and people is what Kelly Austin’s wheelthrown tableware is all about. Using simple, architectural forms and neutral colours, the work leaves space open for the environment they’ll exist in and the food served on them. Enhancing daily life with thoughtful, beautiful objects.
The bushland and water environments surrounding Kylie Rose McLean's home studio on the Central Coast of NSW inspires her ceramics art practice. She works with a variety of stoneware clay bodies, making organic-shaped hand-formed pieces. The artist experiments with layered surfaces of terra sigillata, paper resist, slips, tissue transfers, pigments and dry glazes, as well as raw, atmospheric and multiple firings. McLean is currently exploring organic forms through altering thrown pieces. Over the last few years her work has been chosen for many competitions and selected exhibitions through which she has received several awards.
Linda Davy’s work is focused on concerns about societal and personal connections with the environment, ecological consciousness and the ability to understand the inseparable connection of the human community with nature. In her ceramic work, she approaches these concerns through the form of birds because they are a clear indicator of the health of our natural environment.
Agnieszka Berger’s imaginative plantarium is a pretext to recall memories of landscapes from Poland, Serbia and Australia where she has spent most of her life. The artist’s work explores the tension between her hectic outer world and the inner world of self, unravelling layers of her own riddles.
From the rural setting of Margaret Brown’s studio on the south coast of NSW, she produces her porcelain pieces using the influence of past domestic production in her current work. Southern ice clay with a coloured slice of clay represents movement by letting the throwing vary in each piece. Margaret takes time away from the wheel to explore the use of coloured porcelain using the neriage method.
The surface and the ability to create a finish that speaks of layering and aging has always fascinated Maryke Henderson. In her exploration of soda glazing, she has achieved surfaces that resemble lichens and weathered walls. The works provide a formal canvas to explore the surface and to set up conditions for effects that can never be precisely repeated. The unpredictable painting with fire on the clay over the controlled mark making and construction develops a dimension of tension between the organic and contrived, of nature and man.
Contemporary studio porcelain is the main focus of Mollie Bosworth’s current arts practice. As a professional potter of over 25 years, Mollie uses wheel throwing and hand building techniques to form a unique range of ceramic work with a focus on translucency, surface and print. Mollie is based in Kuranda, North Queensland and enjoys producing work for retail and exhibitions. Themes of decal images reflect the artist’s tropical environment and a love of gardening and botany. Her work is available at selected outlets throughout Australia and directly through her website.
Rebecca Dowling’s studio is nestled next to the tractor shed on their farm in Cowra and is becoming the centre of clay lovers and friends in the area. Her work celebrates the everyday and the rituals of food and friendship. Rebecca’s love of iron glazes and it subtleties are expressed through the gradation of colour on groups of works. Heidi Strachan is a Canberra based ceramic artist. Heidi’s current work explores an intuitive approach to responding to a type of traditional Korean ceramic ware known as ‘Buncheong’, as well as responding to her immediate environment in Canberra and the South Coast.
Shaun Hayes is a maker of ceramics. His work is constantly re-evaluating and re-appropriating history and the everyday. Using imagery taken from toys, popular culture and found traditional ceramic figurines, cutting up, exchanging, adding and altering elements, to create narrative ceramic vessels often with a slight unearthly, mysterious quality. Combining everyday ceramic vessels with his own everyday views and experiences his work challenges the spectator at first glance. He graduated from the Ceramics Workshop, ANU School of Art in 2013. Recently completed completed EEAS Artist-in-Residency at Strathnairn Arts, and solo exhibition at ANCA gallery, he continues to create work at Strathnairn Arts ACT, maintaining to regularly exhibit.
A Fremantle based ceramic artist, working from her home studio, Stephanie Hammill works with both porcelain and stoneware. Her stoneware range is predominantly functional – mugs, cups, jugs, bowls - and is two tone as a result of the interaction between the clay body, slip and glaze. The clay body that I use is hand-mixed to achieve this affect. The artist’s porcelain range is more decorative and incorporates small bottle vases and bowls, where designs are inspired by the line of the horizon. Hammill’s work investigates contrast, texture and form, using found material is sourced from the Pilbara, Kimberley and from black beach sand in the south-west of Western Australia.
Trenna Langdon is a local ceramic artist working out of Strathnairn Arts where she has a studio. Her main works are sculptural vase forms. She also makes functional ware including cups, bowls and plates and occasionally jewellery pieces including earrings, brooches and pendants. Langdon makes all of her work - wheel thrown, hand built and formed - where the whole making process including glazes and firing.
Vivien Lightfoot primarily creates figurative and portrait orientated work, where the interpretation of the human form is central to my practice. In her final year of studying Ceramics at the ANU, she worked in the sculpture department making portrait busts under the tutelage of Ante Dabro. Her work is based on themes referencing both the environment and historical art works and cultures. Since 2005 she has had a studio at Strathnairn Arts and continues to work, part time, as a Visual Arts teacher.