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Paul Scott (UK)

Paul Scott is an artist, author and educator known for pioneering research into the graphic development of vitreous surfaces. His characteristic artworks can be found in public spaces and collections around the globe. He is Professor of Ceramic Art at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) Norway, and has recently been appointed Digital Research Fellow at Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design. 

Featured Artwork:  Cumbrian Blues - A Willow for Ai Weiwei 2011

 

Ben Richardson

savour tasmania - ben richardson instillation in progress  garagistes

Richardson was born in Tasmania and has a diverse professional and teaching background. He completed a Bachelor of Economics degree at the University of Tasmania in 1972, and a Master of Art, Design and Environment degree at the Tasmanian School of Art (UTAS) in 2004. He was a sessional lecturer in ceramics at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart from 1985 to 1995 and during this time directed and implemented the early prototype stage of the development of Southern Ice porcelain as co-researcher with Les Blakebrough.

Ben currently pursues a professional practice in ceramics from Ridgeline Pottery near Hobart along with teaching commitments as the part-time coordinator for Ceramics at the Tasmanian Polytechnic. His professional practice focuses on woodfiring and the use of indigenous raw materials in a place-based approach to craft making. However he also makes contemporary tableware - working with chefs like Luke Burgess and Rodney Dunn who seek to express an integrated plate-based response to place and season.

In 2011 he won the inaugural Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award with his exhibition " Placed " - a series of "instillations" of place-based work using local clays and glaze materials. Recently his "working pots" have found a place at the tables of Garagistes restaurant, The Agrarian Kitchen cooking school and in David Walsh's private apartment at the Museum of Old and New Art - MONA.

Featured Artwork: Savour Tasmania - Instillation in progress @ Garagistes, photo credit - Chris Crerar

 Transcript: Ben Richardson 

Leslie Ferrin

Founder, owner and director of Ferrin Gallery. Established in 1979, Ferrin Gallery is internationally known as a contemporary gallery specializing in figural ceramic sculpture and studio pottery. The gallery works closely with private collectors, institutions and the media as a source for works by both established and emerging artists. Located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, it is equidistant from New York City and Boston.

Featured Artwork: Ferrin Gallery

 

Adil Writer (India)

Adil Writer is an "architect-turned-potter" from Bombay. His studio, Mandala Pottery, is in the international community of Auroville in south India, where he with his three partners form a production unit making functional ceramic-ware, large scale ceramic murals, etc. Adil's "studio ceramic" work is stoneware wood-fired to cone 10. The red dot often featured in his work is inspired by street architecture and roadside shrines of south India..... where installation art is practiced daily.... and innocuously... by simple people, "with faith in their hearts and a light in their eyes."

Adil Writer is an "architect-turned-potter" from Bombay. His studio, Mandala Pottery, is in the international community of Auroville in south India, where he with his three partners form a production unit making functional ceramic-ware, large scale ceramic murals, etc. Adil's "studio ceramic" work is stoneware wood-fired to cone 10. The red dot often featured in his work is inspired by street architecture and roadside shrines of south India..... where installation art is practiced daily.... and innocuously... by simple people, "with faith in their hearts and a light in their eyes." Adil shows his work internationally. "I am appalled at how little is known internationally about the thriving ceramic scene in India. My talk, for obvious reasons, is titled "NOT JUST ELEPHANTS & HORSES !!!" ;-)

Featured Artwork: bookstack

 

Greg Daly

Greg Daly is a ceramic artist resident of the Cowra district. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics - Geneva, he is a ceramicist of national and international standing with works in over 75 national and international galleries / museums. Daly has participated in more than 150 group exhibitions, and has shown in over 76 Solo Exhibitions throughout Australia.

Across his proliffic career to date, Daly has been awarded 37 National and International Awards, published Glazes and Glazing Techniques and Lustres, and had work appear in excess of 20 published books on Ceramics.

Featured Artwork:

 

Tony Martin

Born–Sydney

 

Early years–Fiji, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria

 

Family of artists– painter, printmaker, sculptor, graphic designer, architect, chef, industrial designer.

 

Became fascinated with ceramics during tertiary studies, going on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) and a Master of Art Teaching at Andrews University (Michigan)

 

Career has been entirely focused on different facets of ceramics– professional studio potter, tertiary lecturer, industrial research and development, ceramic material supplies and, currently, technical and anthropological research specialising in indigenous pottery communities.

 

Studio work has been, in general, thrown high-fired stoneware and porcelain specialising in copper red and dry glazes.

 

This presentation will explore, with the aid of video and photography, the fascinating techniques of the traditional potters of Ban Chan village, Northern Laos. Situated on the banks of the Mekong River Ban Chan village supports a significant number of prolific potters who utilize a highly effective coil and throw method to produce very large pieces of pottery with the only power provided by the potter's wife.

 

Of particular interest is the ancient type of kiln that is still in use- very large underground “cave” kilns– a firing method that is believed to date back 3500 years but is now practiced exclusively in this village.

 

The presentation will also touch on a number of the significant environmental and sustainable issues currently facing the potters of Ban Chan village.

Featured Artwork:

Transcript: Tony Martin

 

Peter Lange (NZ)

I work with clay, brick and fire in no particular order or preference. I’ve been working with clay for 39 years, one of the rash of stoneware domestic potters who sent columns of diesel smoke into the countryside of New Zealand in the 70s and 80s. By the time things got tight in the late 80s I was experimenting with slip-casting and moving towards sculptural objects. At the same time I became intrigued by the different forms that kilns could take and began a period of exploration of fire as a performance medium. Ten years ago I started building with brick, and this is currently the major part of my working life – no firing but a lot of dust and glue. I relax by making a batch of mugs or building a ridiculous kiln.

Featured Artwork:  Usually Reliable Saucers

 

 

Jackson Li (China)

Jiansheng (Jackson) Li a recognized international ceramic master; the founder and president of the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute ; a member of International Ceramics Association(IAC); Professor of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute; a researcher for China Ceramic Cultural Research Institute at JCI ; the director of the Center Ceramic Cultural and Creative Design; at Sanbao Art Institute , the deputy editor of China Ceramic Art magazine .

Over the last decade,Jackson’s exhibit record lists numerous solo exhibitions in many countries. He has lectured and has been giving workshops at universities and art schools around the world. His works were collected by museums, art galleries including France, Croatia, Italy, Norway, the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Featured Artwork: Horse Series No. 2

 

 

Brett Smout

Brett Smout started making pottery at a community night class when he was 17, on the back of the whole earth movement. He had long hair. He says that in those days being a potter meant you were one of the good guys. Now, at age 55 the hair is gone and he wonders if that is still true, if it ever was. His doctoral research at Sydney College of the Arts investigates the possibility of vitrifying studio ceramics below 1000o Centigrade.

Featured Artwork: BM11 Triazial 1000

Transcript: Brett Smout

 

Lucille Nobleza

 

Lucille Nobleza has made a transition to photography after a lifetime of ceramics and glass. She documents events and artists across Australia China and Europe. Along the way she has extended her photography to create an art of her own, collecting very personal and unique images of ceramists responding intimately with their own work. This record includes ceramists from over 30 countries. Her work is published in books in China, France and Holland, and magazines internationally. In the last years having solo exhibitions in Holland Poland Italy and a collaborative in China.

 

Featured Artwork: Peteris Martinsons   Latvia