One of my ceramics has been selected for the 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, which I am very excited about! The exhibition of selected works will be held at the Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland from the 6th of September to the 26th of October 2014.
My ceramic work is ‘Land & shadows’, stoneware ceramic with glaze, 40 x 36 x 22 cm, 2014,
“My work explores the notion of landscape, and its inland river systems. In an enduring Australian landscape, the river is a vital and pivotal force, the bestowal of fertility, a source of survival, with it cyclical nature of renewal and destruction.
These sculptural hand built ceramic forms are a direct and tactile link to the earth. These forms act as a three dimensional canvas on which glaze is applied in a painterly mark making gesture. Totemic symbols of the landscape; the river, the trees, the rocks and the broad spatial vistas infuse the work. During the process of firing, iron oxide in the stoneware clay bleeds through the ceramic surface creating alchemy of glaze, gestural marks and clay.
These works are a conversation between paint and clay.”
I am currently working on a series of ceramics for a group exhibition I am in next May ( 2 May – 8 th June 2014) at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, selected for the Australian Ceramic Association’s Biennial Exhibition, ‘The course of objects; the fine lines of inquiry’, curated by Susan Ostling. “the environment and nature as a source for ideas; the aesthetics of still life; rigorous material investigation; the figure as a source of delight and wonder; and aspects of function.”
The ceramics are hand built stoneware vessels which I have often re-fired several times to build up layers of glaze and underglaze paints. Paintings in the background are works in progress for my next solo exhibition at Art House Gallery, Sydney.
Entrance to my studio
Works in progress
Experiments using oxides on white slip on hand built stoneware forms, before firing.
Experiments using oxides on white slip on hand built stoneware forms, after the first bisque firing, still cone 10 Stoneware firing to go.
Works after final stoneware firing, with the iron of the clay now emerging through the slip.
Overland: From the Cradle to the Lake
Ceramic works by Barbara Campbell-Allen
28 September – 13 October 2013
Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby, Sydney
Barbara Campbell-Allen is my ceramic teacher at Workshops Art Centre, Willoughby. Her work is beautiful, and this was a great exhibition, and installation.
Ceramic artist Barbara Campbell-Allen is exhibiting a series of ceramic installations embedded in the evocative environment of Central Tasmania. This work reflects Barbara’s journeys through the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Parks.
“The abiding characteristics of Campbell-Allen’s practice are an exploration of the expressive capacities of clay and anagama-style wood-firing, and an embodied relationship to land, with many works developed in response to specific locations. In Overland; From the Cradle to the Lake, Campbell-Allen’s concern is for the groupings to convey the different emotional sense of each landscape and her journey.”