Visiting the ceramic studio of Ros Auld was a another source of inspiration on our country sojourn. Ros Auld, is a master ceramicist, one of Australia’s leading contemporary ceramicists and local to the Orange district. In 2012 Ros Auld had a major exhibition at the Bathurst Regional Gallery, and has also exbited at Narek Galleries, Tanja, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, Orange Regional Gallery, Dubbo Regional Gallery, Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney, and has worked on collaborations with the painter John Olsen, Tim Winters and Gabriella Hegyes. Her work is a powerful physical sculptural manifestation of the landscape in clay.
Ros Auld specializes in slab-built, or thrown and manipulated, stoneware forms decorated with wood ash glazes and trailed and incised slips, coloured oxides and gold lustre. “Her sculptural and functional work is informed by the dynamic forces, surface textures and subtle colours of the Australian landscape.” (Artsite)
“Landscape is my source – more the accumulation of recollected impressions than particular sites. I love the weathered surfaces, textures and subtle colours of the Australian bush, as well as the patterns of cultivated landscapes….The large vessels are an ongoing series, where functional form, painterly surfaces and sculptural form can come together. Surface texture, informed by geology and botany, play a major role in the work..” (from Roa Auld’s Artist Statement, ‘Ros Auld Ceramics’ catalogue, Bathurst Regional Gallery exhibition, 2012)
“Auld’s vessels are signature in the uniqueness of their form. Each sits on low feet, which slightly elevates the object from the ground….The vessel/object is a visual metaphor, a plastic equivalent of a physicality (and simultaneously imagined) place which holds the terrains, marks and spiritual presence of the land..” (from Peter Haynes, University Art Curator, University of Canberra, catalogue essay, also from the Bathurst Regional Gallery exhibition, 2012)
At the potters wheel
The studio entrance, and kiln entrance. A wonderful large sheds, work places you can only create with more space in the country.
Some of Ros Auld’s beautiful generous platters in use
Thank you Ros for sharing your inspiring studio and beautiful work!