Stepping Up: Australian Ceramics Triennale ExhibitionsShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
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.