Monday, 31 October 2011
Journal of Australian Ceramics - Issue 45#1, 2006
I grabbed a handful of the Journal magazines off my bookshelf last week to have a flick through. If I had to say there was one particular edition of the Journal over the years that resonated with me, it was the first one I look at. Making it even more exciting it turned out to be Vicki Grima’s first issue as the new editor of the magazine, taking over from Trisha Dean.
I was in my first year of Diploma in 2006 and was fast falling in love with Southern Ice porcelain and exploring my clay pleating technique.
This edition was packed full of the kind of work that excites me and inspires me. Images of work by Gerry Wedd, Robin Best, Kirsten Coelho, Maria Parmenter, John Ferguson, Philip Hart, Angela Valamanesh, Rolf Bartz, Jane Robertson, Charmain Hearder (true!), Sergei Isupov, Paul Scott, Lesa Farrant, Kaye Pemberton, Greg Daly, Alison Cooper, Alan Peascod, Sara Wright – all in the one edition. Amazing. And then, as if my cup did not already runneth over, there was an article on Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. Sorry Dee, but I think the apparent simplicity of Gwyn’s forms, the purity of her glazes, the balance in her groupings, are just sublime.
I have no idea what gave me the confidence to enter the Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award later that year with a group of 3 bottles, but I’d like to think it was related to seeing so many inspiring images and seeing the diverse ways in which porcelain can be worked. I was selected and got to share exhibition space with Rolf Bartz, Philip Hart, Greg Daly, Gerry Wedd and John Ferguson - from my list above - as well as many other incredible ceramic artists. An awesome and unforgettable experience in my ceramic journey.