Monday, August 3, 2009

What a great week in Sydney at Australian Ceramics Triennale!

Takeshi Yasuda demonstrating in the sunshine

The ceramics world in Sydney is slowly returning to normal after a wonderful Australian Ceramics Triennale. With over 50 exhibitions, it's hard to choose favourites, but I have a few: BEAKER CULTURE at Flinders St Gallery (bought a lovely 2 beaker set there by Trisha Dean), TABLEWARES at Rex Irwin (too late to buy the piece of choice), TERRA ANIMA (Avital Sheffer) at Robin Gibson (no money left by then), NEW FRIENDS, ART AND ADVENTURE (Aeden Harris) at the Japan Foundation Gallery (one piece still to collect) and WHITE HEAT at Manly Art Gallery (a translucent pair of Avi Amesbury's will sit on my windowsill). Planet (tableware), Helen Stephens (Kenji Uranishi), Brenda May (Ceramics Revisions) and Animalia (Irianna Kanellopoloulou) at Global Gallery also featured work which I will stay with me  - such diversity and some admirable new work. 

I felt positive after the discussion on future directions of ceramics education, disappointed by the lack of meaningful talk on writing and stimulated by Kim Dickey's keynote address.

The historical National Art School and its sandstone buildings  provided a perfect backdrop for demos by local and international ceramic artists. 

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