H O L D
A ceramic survey exhibition
Artists | Georgina Bryant, Juliet Clapham, Maryanne Devey, Catherine Drinan, Paul Dumetz, Elizabeth Ficken, Richilde Flavell, Emma Fleetwood, Sue Hewat, Susan Hill, Sara Hogwood, Lucy Ings, Abbey Jamieson, Merilyn Jenkins, Anne Masters, Kaye Pemberton, Fran Romano and Josephine Townsend
1 November – 24 November 2019
Opening night | 6pm Friday 1 November 2019
H O L D applauds the beauty and sense of intimacy experienced when eating or drinking from an exquisitely crafted plate or vessel, featuring ceramic artists from the Canberra region who are producing functional ware that epitomises the essence of good design, aesthetics and functionality in their work, and takes the dining experience to another level.
About the artists
Canberra based potter Georgina Bryant is the hands behind Linburn Handmade. She makes ceramic pieces which are crafted with care, artistry and a focus on combining beauty and function. In essence, her work is about bringing the warmth of something made by hand into our every day through functional ceramics which are made to be used, loved and to last. Georgina makes pottery for domestic and commercial applications. Linburn Handmade pieces are used in numerous cafes and restaurants including Bar Rochford, The Cupping Room, Doughnut Department and High Road in Canberra and Ona Marrickville in Sydney.
Juliet Clapham has been making functional and decorative pieces for many years. Her aim has always been to refine her throwing techniques to produce functional vessels that are a pleasure visually and functionally. Most of her glazes are reduced iron glazes, and firing in the kiln a certain way means that the glaze containing iron is green or blue instead of the more predictable brown/russet colour. Sometimes Juliet will add found clay and earth ingredients to slips which she applies to the outside of pots to give them a little local character. She has held workshops and enjoys teaching hand-building and sculpture.
Maryanne Devey is a self-taught potter whose skills have been supplemented by community classes at Canberra Potters. Her pottery is nestled in beautiful rural Murrumbateman surrounded by her animals, native birds, beehives and a palette of ever-changing skyscapes. Producing functional, high-fired ceramics, her forms are simple and elegant and inspired by Japanese aesthetics. Decorative elements used include sprigs and stamps enhanced by inky washes of colour, layers of slip and subtle handmade glazes. The creation of an eco-friendly tumbler range to pair with handcrafted brews is a reflection of her hands-on approach to sustainability, functionality and sharing her passion for nature in our daily rituals.
Catherine Drinan has worked in the ceramic field for over 28 years. TAFE-trained in Goulburn in the 1980s, she has a BA Visual Arts (Ceramics) from the ANU School of Art & Design (1996). In her studio practice, she produces wood-fired pottery and is best known for her thrown and altered domestic ware. Catherine has taught ceramics both privately and at tertiary level. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Scotland and Switzerland.
Paul Dumetz makes wheel-thrown work with a view to creating functional ware which can be appreciated in an artistic sense. He has an interest in unique and striking surfaces and glazes, drawing inspiration from wood ash glazes, salt and soda fired work, but without access to the equipment and necessities the mentioned work requires. An interest in patterns in nature and wildlife is also evident. Paul’s functional work includes teapots, casserole and baking dishes, and is the result of a mentorship with established potter Maryke Henderson, which aimed to develop his personal learning and apply new concepts to his work.
Elizabeth Ficken is a visual artist with a background in sculpture, living in the Canberra region. She is interested in the environment and how living systems adapt and co-exist with each other. Growing up in Canberra, she became fascinated with the botanical world of native plants and how they adjust to introduced species. This led her to further explore her interest in underwater ecosystems. Clay as a material translates a quality in the work that suggests a type of environment. The medium of clay allows Elizabeth to further investigate the foundation of hand-building and the material to manifest itself to her.
Richilde Flavell is a Canberra based ceramic artist. She produces tableware and bespoke homeware under the name Girl Nomad Ceramics, as well as creating exhibition work and collaborative projects with makers in other design fields. Richilde graduated from the ANU School of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Ceramics). Richilde’s generous forms evoke the warmth and materiality of clay both in its raw, unfired state and the transformation of the plastic clay into high-fired ceramic form. The work’s softly glazed surfaces in subtle hues in combination with areas of smoothly sanded speckled clay reflect an earthy elegance and create a sense of quiet and calm. Her wheel-thrown work is developed through experimentation, considered technical adjustments and a strong contemporary design aesthetic. Girl Nomad Ceramics tableware is stocked in stores in Canberra and interstate including the Australian National Gallery store, the Australian Parliament House store and the Australian Design Centre’s Object Shop in Sydney. Richilde is an active member of the ceramic community, planning and producing creative events as well as teaching. She enjoys introducing beginners to the joy of ceramics and helping more advanced students refine their skills as a teacher at the Canberra Potters Society and also through other workshops and private classes.
Emma Fleetwood is an emerging ceramicist making homewares and jewellery from porcelain and stoneware clays. Emma’s work is inspired by natural textures, juxtaposed with intricate repetitive patterns. Emma is passionate about sharing the joy of ceramics and offers workshops for children and adults. Her work can be found in gift stores across Canberra and NSW.
Sue Hewat is a ceramic artist living and working in Canberra. She is drawn to the colours, layers and lines that outline and define the landscape. Having worked with clay for many years, in 2015 Sue attained a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours (Ceramics) from the ANU School of Art & Design. She was awarded a three-month residency at Strathnairn Arts and three Emerging Artist Support Scheme exhibitions were successfully undertaken during 2016. In 2018 Sue exhibited at MU Gallery Sydney and, as a result, her functional work was consigned to Chinaclay, Sydney. Sue has been selected to exhibit in the 2019 Craft ACT Members Exhibition opening in September.
Susan Hill trained in production pottery at Sturt, Mittagong from 1995-1998 under Tony Burgess and Campbell Hegan, in the Leach tradition. She also holds a Diploma of Ceramics and a BA in Graphic Design. In January 2011, she established Hillgrove Pottery in Murrumbateman, where she makes stoneware and porcelain functional ware. Susan is intently interested in pottery throughout antiquity, from Palaeolithic figurines and cave art through the earliest functional ware and classic forms of Mediterranean civilisations. In addition to modern forms, she makes a range of large designer ware inspired by the pottery of the Roman Republic and Empire. Her pieces are primarily thrown on the wheel and then assembled by hand. Susan enjoys the challenge of uniting functionality with aesthetically pleasing forms and glazes, retaining elements of the handmade process.
Sara Hogwood creates ceramic objects designed to be used, under the name Bopdotz. Sara has been making quiet, simple designs for 23 years. In that time, she has been taught by experienced and creative makers who have given her skills to explore her ideas, paring them back to achieve her aim of simple, well-designed and well-made pieces. Design doesn’t have to be intricate and overblown. Sometimes simplicity allows a piece to stand out all by itself, or that very simplicity can enhance its surroundings.
Lucy Ings is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in photography. After a 10 year career as a public servant, her journey with ceramics started in 2012 when she moved from the UK to Australia and was looking for a new creative challenge. An obsession with clay slowly developed, and in 2018 Lucy immersed herself in her ceramics practice and established Lucy Gemma Design.
Lucy focuses on the production of timeless, tactile pieces which celebrate texture and mark-making, in a palette that strongly references the natural world. Lucy creates functional pieces such as vases, planters and crockery, as well as decorative items and jewellery.
Abbey Jamieson is a Canberra based artist who works predominately with clay. Through the processes of pinching and soda firing, she creates ceramic objects with themes of comfort and connection. Jamieson utilises the soda firing process as she enjoys allowing the kiln to become an active participant in her work. This creates a contrast between the slow, controlled pinching of clay and the dynamic, spontaneous nature of soda firing. In 2018 she graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), majoring in Ceramics. During her second year, Jamieson spent a semester abroad at the Alberta College of Art and Design, in Calgary, Canada.
Living and working in Canberra, Merilyn Jenkins makes functional stoneware which explores her interest in sculptural forms. She draws inspiration from life’s joys and challenges; her forms are functional, wheel-thrown with graffito and hand-carved designs or linear decoration, using under-glaze stains. The elements represented by the decorations embrace and celebrate the womanliness of the form. Merilyn delights in people using her ceramic vessels in their daily lives.
Anne Masters was awarded the Master of Visual Arts from the Australian National University School of Art & Design in 2011. In 2012, Anne was awarded the inaugural Artist in Residence with Canberra Potters Society. Over a 6-week period in 2013, Anne completed her first international residency at the International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark. Anne creates works to hold or wear which include little dishes, birds, pollen jewellery and classic earrings/cufflinks range.
Kaye Pemberton’s ceramic career began in the 1980s when she became a tenant at the Jam Factory Workshops in Adelaide. Since then she has had private studios in country South Australia, Alice Springs and Canberra. She completed postgraduate ceramic studies at ANU in 2002 and has taught locally, throughout Australia and internationally. Kaye has participated in exhibitions throughout Australia and China. Her work has won various awards and been acquired throughout Australia and internationally. In 2008, her work was selected to represent Australia at Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects held in London. In 2017, her work was selected for an International Celadon Exhibition at Ningbo in China.
Fran Romano is a Canberra-based ceramist. A graduate of the ANU School of Art & Design, she is now a full-time artist. She also designs and makes functional ware under the name Frattempo.
Fran regularly exhibits in group shows nationwide. Her work is inspired by memory, history and nostalgia, investigated through the use of layering and experimentation with surface texture and photographic imagery. In 2018, she was awarded an Emerging Contemporaries prize from Craft ACT. She has been a finalist in the Little Things Art Prize (2018) and the Inaugural Palliative Care Art Prize (2017) and was recently awarded first place for 3D Art in the Foot Square Small Pieces Competition (Brisbane, 2019). Fran has developed functional designs for cafes and restaurants including Rye Cafe in Braddon and Jackalope Hotels in Victoria.
Whilst Josephine Townsend has been engaged with ceramics for 20 years, it is only since 2014 that she has been a self-employed ceramic artist. As she has been building her practice the last few years, she has sold her work through Undercurrent Design Market and Strathnairn Shop. She had two exhibitions with Jane Kelly and demonstrated techniques in a workshop for the National Visual Art Teachers Conference. Since 2017, Josephine has been Education Program Manager at Canberra Potters Society, building a varied program catering for beginners to practising artists.