• Kirstie Rey and Nola Anderson

    Kirstie Rey and Nola Anderson

  • Fran McAlister and Catherine Ward

    Fran McAlister and Catherine Ward

  • Marilyn and Arthur Gray, Jackie Lallemand and Adil Writer

    Marilyn and Arthur Gray, Jackie Lallemand and Adil Writer

  • Jessie Pittard, Mary-Lou Pittard and Amanda Bromfield

    Jessie Pittard, Mary-Lou Pittard and Amanda Bromfield

  • Anita McIntyre's distinctive boats.

    Anita McIntyre's distinctive boats.

  • Anita McIntyre, Sarit Cohen and Bev Hogg

    Anita McIntyre, Sarit Cohen and Bev Hogg

  • Bev Hogg's "Wooly Jumpers"

    Bev Hogg's "Wooly Jumpers"

  • Robyn and Penleigh Boyd

    Robyn and Penleigh Boyd

  • Rachael Herris and Merideth Langdale with Rachael and Tom Stevens

    Rachael Herris and Merideth Langdale with Rachael and Tom Stevens

  • Mark van Veen and Deb Clarke

    Mark van Veen and Deb Clarke

  • almost too realistic..........but absolutely perfect.

    almost too realistic..........but absolutely perfect.

  • Meredith Thomas and Kerist Klekner and Anne Masters' 'domestic sparrow series',

    Meredith Thomas and Kerist Klekner and Anne Masters' 'domestic sparrow series',

  • Anne Langridge's 'Bulbous Twisted Pot'

    Anne Langridge's 'Bulbous Twisted Pot'

  • Joey Zhou and Yunchao Hang with 'Play Blocks' the work of their friend Julie Yang

    Joey Zhou and Yunchao Hang with 'Play Blocks' the work of their friend Julie Yang

  • Suzanne Oakman's 'Rotifer 5'

    Suzanne Oakman's 'Rotifer 5'

  • Suzanne Oakman and Di Mortimer.

    Suzanne Oakman and Di Mortimer.

  • Monika Leone's 'Earthbound'

    Monika Leone's 'Earthbound'

  • Allen Bryce and Niki Francis with Susan and Ian Appleby

    Allen Bryce and Niki Francis with Susan and Ian Appleby

  • Fariza Lounis, Michael Blasch, Michelle Driscoll  and the artist Jacqueline Lewis

    Fariza Lounis, Michael Blasch, Michelle Driscoll and the artist Jacqueline Lewis

  • Jacqueline Lewis' Abstraction 1.

    Jacqueline Lewis' Abstraction 1.

  • Linda Davy and her exquisite creation "Straw in the Wind"

    Linda Davy and her exquisite creation "Straw in the Wind"

  • Clive Morris, Robert Boynes and Alexander Boynes.

    Clive Morris, Robert Boynes and Alexander Boynes.

  • Sarit Cohen's "Galaxy", Cool Ice Porcelain pieces.

    Sarit Cohen's "Galaxy", Cool Ice Porcelain pieces.

  • Sarit Cohen and Avi Amesbury

    Sarit Cohen and Avi Amesbury

  • Two poets....with porcupine quills? Geoff Page and Keith Harrison with Zoe Slee's "Scarf of the Fox God.

    Two poets....with porcupine quills? Geoff Page and Keith Harrison with Zoe Slee's "Scarf of the Fox God.

Stepping Up: Australian Ceramics Triennale Exhibitions

6 July 2015

The Australian Ceramics Triennale is in Canberra from 9-11 July and in conjunction there’s a plethora of exhibitions all over the city for this premier ceramics event called Stepping Up.

There’ll be a conference, talks, panel discussions, artist’s presentations, a trade fair and a potter’s market, plenty of social activities and all of our many artists in the district contributing their work to demonstrate just what a rich and exciting bunch of ceramicists live and work here.

Deb Clarke opened the Protean Exhibition at the Nishi Gallery with selected works from the rapidly growing ‘claybodies’ ceramic group. Plenty of people, stunning exhibits and that familiar camaraderie that comes from our town’s artists supporting artists, made for an eclectic mix of guests and appreciation of the work on opening night. Deb Clarke saying to wait until everyone left the building before checking out the exhibition becaue then you’d see the detail. Detail in the unique work of Suzanne Oakman’s ‘Rotifer’ series had me fascinated by these one eyed small brained minute multicellular aquatic animals that have in her ceramic creations a totemic structure.

Another favourite among the exhibitors is the incomparable Linda Davy and what I described in jest as a “dead chook” that is exquisite in its detail and perfect as a reminder of those moments when a folded dead gull or similar is found on a beach often after a storm. I usually cry for them, but this is handbuilt stoneware clay. Another of her works is in the Stomping Ground exhibition at the Legislative Assembly, looking pert and perky with huge eyes and a quizzical look. It is a rare Canberra bird, the Bush Stone Curlew standing next to its egg, and hopefully it wont be the only way we’ll see this treasure in the future as efforts continue to save it

Sarit Cohen and her perfect porcelains are featured in both exhibitions, dainty, detailed and delicate they group together in a partnership of shapes and sizes that draws you into that detail.
Making it back in time for the Triennale was Anita McIntyre who has been boating along the Kimberley Coast and driving the deserts of the north west but her ceramics are of her six generations, imbued with her sense of the journey, time and place represented in the detail of her boats while the beauty of the Brindabellas is a constant influence.

Two to start with and many more to try to get to with Beaver Galleries, Nancy Sever Gallery and the Australian National Botanic Gardens among more than 30 exhibitions. Check the website www.australianceramicstriennale.com.au/exhibitions.