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Showing posts from 2017

Bec Smith - Peach Bloom

This brief exhibition was a feast for the senses. Bec uses a feather-light pinching technique, creating egg-shell thin vessels that seem to float above the plinth. Surfaces create a haptic desire to caress.
Often surfaces are 'iced', 'sugared' and 'glazed' with what temptingly looks like edible material.  Part of this exhibition could be consumed, with floor plinths dusted with sugar and little piles of sugared rose petals to delight the tongue.
A ceramic oil diffuser filled the exhibition space with caramel or fudge smells - delicious. 
A clearly articulated exhibition exploring the relationship between food, vessels, blossom and sense of touch and taste from this recent RMIT graduate.
8-10 June 2017 (Fours days only!)

Guild of Objects
Meet Bec Smith with this interview here

Victorian Craft Award

A 'soft eye' on the works that wowed me at the Awards this year. Congratulations to staff at Craft on the securing of the additional gallery in Collins Place which, alongside Craft's three galleries and the furniture display in the Sofitel lobby provided an grand overview of contemporary craft in 2017. 

3 June - 8 July 2017 Craft, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
The Winner of the Ceramic Award $5,000 is KATHERINE WHEELER
Supported by a generous Craft Victoria donor This quiet and gentle work was not overlooked by the judges amongst many larger and more grandiose entries. Sensitive use of materials and an individual way of cobbling together components to make hybrid forms. This jeweller reminds us that clay can also have an intimate relationship to the body as adornment as well as utensil.
The Winner of the Chair’s Award for Innovation ($1,000) is ANNA DAVERN
Supported by Lousje Skala, Chair of the Board at Craft Victoria
Oh joyous bunnies, you bring my adoration for shadow hand puppets …

Red sails: recent ceramics, paintings and bronzes - Stephen Benwell

Benwell continues his passion for classical form and vessel with a spread of male nude ceramic sculptures and statuesque vessels decorated with layers of accreted colour and splash. New to this show are a small line up of bronze busts and cheekily overpainted prints with Benwell signature scrabbly brushwork and sensuous pastel colour palette. 
Niagara Gallery, 245 Punt Road Richmond 30 May - 24 June 2017

New Work - Angela Valamanesh

Kate Woodbury Fine Art shows Valamanesh at Deutsche and Hackett's enormous auction rooms.

105 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Wild: Contemporary Antiques - David Ray

Ray's first exhibition with this new venue showing this artist at his most delightfully eccentric. Eleven  pieces of tableware are spread around the retail space, including a full setting on a french oak table
Franque is a highly styled space, not completely gallery nor retail space. Artist include: Bruce Armstrong, David Ray, Kate Rohde, Anna Varendorff.
The dinner service is a devised as a functional object to hold food. Mine isn't, it is instead a wild, untamed interpretation of a dinner service, servicing conversation. - David Ray 201
597 Malvern Road, Toorak
Franque harkens back to an era predating the white-wall gallery; situating collectible pieces in a space where art coexists, collides and harmonises with objects and antiques, in both a showroom and dining space.
Since Franque’s inception in late 2011, clients have embraced this unique art space, which supports both emerging and established artists. Franque is not a gallery, nor does it seek t…