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2 February, 2021 - 18 February, 2021
Angela Hayes, Lauren Joffe, Danielle Segal, Ann Knights, Pauline Meade, Rosanna Caldwell
2 – 12 February + 18 February 2021
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
Through the ceramic medium, we explore the concept of ‘Seasons’ as it relates to our individual life experiences and the shifts that seasonality and change presents.
Melburnians are familiar with the term ‘four seasons in one day’ to describe our famously unpredictable weather. Despite this unpredictability, we feel fortunate to live in a city that experiences seasonal change and are inspired by this dynamic and shifting environment. Through the ceramic medium, we explore the concept of ‘Seasons’ as it relates to our individual life experiences and the shifts that seasonality and change present.
Quiet. Amongst the seasonal fluctuations and chaos of life, Angela Hayes crafts stillness and peace with form, straight line, and unadorned surface. The angles and planar surfaces of her sculptures capture the dynamics of shifting light to provide simple and meditative delight.
Danielle Segal’s work is influenced by the desert and its arid and demanding environment. She marvels at the earth, how it dries and cracks in the heat and shrinks away, creating random patterns. She is inspired to create faults and fractures as texture on her work to reflect the nature of the earth and the people who inhabit it.
Margaret Olley was renowned for her painting of flowers, the sheer joyousness of them, their colour and light. Pauline Meade’s own work draws on Olley’s palette and sensibility. The forms are smeared, stippled, and dripping with colour. Both bright and luminous, they reflect the timeless ritual of bloom and decay.
Using stoneware and applying texture, Ann Knight’s pieces evolve without firm intention and come from an innate observation of the landscape, the beauty and forms seen in the world around her. Seasons are reflected in mountains and their tapestry of trees and shrubs, forests after rain or bushfire, trees and their textured barks, the sun setting on the horizon, the beauty of rock formations against the ocean, sea grasses waving on the seabed. A contemplation of how nature puts together the perfect landscape combining colour, texture, and form.
Lauren Joffe has a particular interest in the surfaces of her pieces. She uses a limited colour palette in a subtle gradation of tones in order to explore form through lines, light and shade. For Seasons she has created a series of work in which she has used a range of marks and patterns, such as short, hatched strokes, stippling and a selective use of thickly textured glaze to convey the surfaces and forms of nature. The act of mark making is a very slow and meditative process which results in a surface of distinctive irregularities, textures and surface oxidization.
The arrival of Spring has always been a signifier of hope and renewal. After what felt like a much longer and colder Winter than usual due to lockdown restrictions, the arrival of Spring was much anticipated. Walking the streets of suburban Melbourne and observing the vibrancy and growth in neighbourhood gardens has provided the inspiration for Rosanna Caldwell’s body of work.
Angela Hayes creates ceramic sculptures from her inner-city studio in Melbourne. She studied Fine Arts – Ceramics at Queensland College of Art and later completed a Bachelor and Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Her landscape Architecture design practice, research and teaching has provided a deep understanding of landscapes which strongly influence her ceramic work. Angela has received numerous awards for her designs. Her most recent accolade was the Lizbeth Duncan acquisition award, 2019 for ceramic sculpture. She has exhibited her work interstate, in China and at numerous galleries in Melbourne.
Pauline Meade is a Melbourne based ceramic artist who works from her own studio. She completed a Diploma of Ceramics in 2010 and continues studio access and ongoing tuition at the School of Art and Clay (SoCA), Brunswick. Pauline divides her practice in two directions, sculptural work, which has been selected for a number of awards, winning first prize at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2010, and developing a range of tableware which is sold through a number of retail outlets. She hand-builds her pieces, developing her own glazes and application techniques.
Danielle Segal came to ceramics later in life. She spent more than 25 years working in the computer industry, before becoming a partner in a small business. She has always had an affinity with craft and as her work life has eased, she has pursued her long-time interest in ceramics. Danielle studies at the School of Clay and Art (SoCA) and has participated in numerous exhibitions at galleries in Melbourne over the last two years.
Lauren Joffe studied at RMIT where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) with Honours in gold & silversmithing. Lauren works in ceramic, metal, and glass. She is a recipient of several Australia Council for the Arts grants. Her work has been acquired by the School of Art RMIT University & the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and in Europe, Japan, South Africa, and the United States.
Ann Knights journey into ceramics began in 1974 with a short course in hand building. In 1982 in Maryborough Qld 1982 she joined the Maitlia potters. Twelve months later Ann returned to Melbourne and spent the following years starting up and managing various new businesses which included construction & event hire, plant nursery and owner’s corporation management. In 2016 the creative journey began in earnest with the School of Art and Clay (SoCA). Seasons is her first gallery exhibition.
Rosanna Caldwell is a Melbourne based ceramic artist and is currently establishing a studio on the Mornington Peninsula. Rosanna studied ceramics at Holmesglen TAFE before completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at RMIT University. Since 2018 Rosanna has participated in the Studio Practice program at the School of Art and Clay (SoCA). Having practiced as both a wheel thrower and hand builder, her sole focus is now hand building and glaze development. Rosanna is an active gardener and sees time spent gardening as an integral part of her ceramic practice. Rosanna is also a member of the Bluestone Collection which is committed to supporting contemporary craft practice and encouraging a high standard of exhibition work within Victoria.