Arts / Canberra welcomes the world of ceramics

CANBERRA’S craft artists are preparing to welcome the nation’s edgiest creators as well as ceramics stars from Canada, France, India, Taiwan, the UK and the US.

For the second time, the ACT will host the Australian Ceramics Triennial, but the three-day event for specialists, the first since the ‘80s, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Titled “Stepping Up”, the triennial will unleash an avalanche of ceramics and a one-day market at the National Gallery on Sunday, 11am-4pm, on July 12, where ceramicists will present high-end works.

Some of the big-name ceramicists there will be Janet DeBoos, DeMaine Pottery, Mollie Bosworth and Sandra Bowkett.

Elsewhere, the triennial features:

  • At the visitor centre gallery in the Australian National Botanic Gardens until July 12 is “Yangupala Tjuta Waakarinyi: Ceramics from Ernabella”, new work in from a select group of award-winning and emerging Ernabella artists.
  • Local ceramic artist and owner of Mawson Gallery, Monika Leone, has initiated Canberra’s first “Capital Teapot Show”, where more than 20 ceramic artists from the region and around Australia will display more than 75 teapots, tea sets and other tea-themed works at 63 Wilkins Street, Mawson until July 19.
  • Until July 22, The Q Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan, presents works by ceramic artists who are current or former residents of Queanbeyan – Hiroe Swen, Anita McIntyre, Maxine Price and Christopher Harman.
  • Nancy Sever Gallery, 4/6 Kennedy Street, Kingston, presents “Luminous Landscapes, New Ceramics by Greg Daly”. Head of the ceramics workshop at the ANU, Daly has been at the top of his game for 40 years, says curator Peter Haynes.
  • At M16 Artspace in Griffith, SA artists Ebony Heindenreich, Wayne Mcara, Sophia Nuske, Maria Parmenter, Sophia Phillips, Alison Smiles, Ulrica Trulsson and George Zacharoyannis will showcase work in a show curated by Rayleen Forester, who will speak on Sunday, July 12, at 2pm. All welcome.
  • Claybodies, a Canberra ceramics collective led by Jo Victoria and Linda Davy, has created a ceramic installation, “Homing”, based on the idea of pigeons circling over suburban rooftops. At the Front Gallery & Cafe until July 12.
  • At ANCA Gallery, Dickson, is “Cross-Casting”, an exhibition by innovative artists Verney Burness and Charles Walker that runs until July 26. The show features a dialogue in ceramics, glass stone and metal, between the two artists. They are giving an artists’ talk from 12.30pm on July 12. All welcome.
  • Showing in the Craft ACT Crucible Showcase, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, is the unusual work by Anita McIntyre, “Blue Print for a Capital (Vessel Series)”.
  • We’ve left the most unusual title till last – Craft ACT: Craft and Design’s show “Stomping Ground”, which curator Mel George says refers to frequented or favourite locations and links the artists to the earth and the clay that they throw. Artists Gail Nichols, Anita McIntyre, Ian Jones, Bev Hogg, Cathy Franzi, Linda Davy, Sarit Cohen, Margaret Brown and Avi Amesbury will exhibit their work in the ACT Legislative Assembly Gallery, Civic Square, until July 16.


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