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ca enews
a craft australia publication
Issue #55 - September 2010
Focus on - Studio Ceramics
ISSN: 1838-0433

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1 - editorial
2 - latest articles
      under the microscope
      what's in a date
      ghosts, irony and souvenirs
      one road with many voices
      top 10 articles
3 - news from the sector
4 - calendar
5 - ca projects
6 - opportunities
7 - tales of adventure
8 - connect
9 - support us

1 editorial

developments in craft and design

September has seen some very exciting developments, from Government changes to an active month of cultural developments for craft and design. Australia now has its first elected female Prime Minister, with Julia Gillard and the labor party re-elected for another term. We welcome Simon Crean MP, Federal Member for the Hotham Electorate in the House of Representatives as the new Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and Minister for the Arts. Craft Australia will be working closely with newly formed Government to present the developments and issues in the craft and design sector including the role of craft in design and innovation. …

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2 latest articles

Angela Valamanesh, Natural history G, 2008, unglazed ceramic, 6 parts, 56 x 221 x 6 cm, Photographer Kluvanek


under the microscope
Ceramics artist Angela Valamenesh utilises imagery drawn from early scientific representations of microscopic life as research material in the development of her current body of work. These scientific illustrations held in collections worldwide are now accessi...
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Peter Hook, Anzac series, 1980-81, stoneware, steel, iron, timber and emu feathers, Collection Geelong Gallery, Gift of Gordon Jackson 1982


what´s in a date
Over the course of 2010 Craft Victoria has been quietly celebrating its 40 year anniversary. CEO and artistic director of Craft Victoria, Joe Pascoe traces the beginnings of the organisation and shifts in thinking in the craft sector over the past four decades...
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Tina Lee, Accumulating Hybrids, 2010, slip cast ceramics with applique, stains and glazes, detail


ghosts, irony and souvenirs
Visual artist, registrar and arts educator Tina Lee discusses her arts practice and the works of her contemporaries who, over the last decade, have engaged in a nostalgic return to Australian studio and commercial ceramic traditions of the late nineteenth and ...
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Curators at work with the Canning Stock Route Collection, 2008, Photographer Ross Swanborough


the canning stock route project: one road with many voices
When surveyor Alfred Canning established a cattle droving track in Western Australia a little over a hundred years ago, he was venturing into some of the nation's most remote and forbidding desert lands. His team encountered people who had never seen a white m...
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top 10 library articles this month


3 news from the sector

New Minister for the Arts

We welcome Simon Crean MP, Federal Member for the Hotham Electorate in the House of Representatives as the new Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and Minister for the Arts. A full run down of the labour ministry can be found on the alp web site

Australian design Alliance [AdA]

The Australian Design Alliance is a network of twelve peak organisations representing all aspects of Australia's design industry that launched to the public on the 3 September. AdA has been developed to boost Australia's productivity, sustainability and innovation. Craft Australia is represented on the Board of Directors of [AdA], through the General Manager. Over the past 18 months Craft Australia has been involved in planning and meetings to help establish this organisation. One hundred of Australia's leading designers, architects, planners, artists, educators and policy makers launched the new Alliance in the Utzon Room of Australia's design landmark, the Sydney Opera House.

OZCO launches the Throsby report

The report is an economic study of professional artists in Australia and profiles the careers of practicing professional artists across all major art forms (except film). It is based on interviews with 1,030 practicing professional artists conducted in Oct/Dec 2009. Read the report online

OZCO launches ART FARE: Australian Art Export

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced a new market development initiative to support Australian commercial art galleries to present the work of Australian contemporary artists at international visual art, craft or design fairs. ART FARE has been established to recognise the important role Australian commercial galleries play in selling contemporary Australian visual art, craft and design to international buyers and supporting the careers of living Australian visual artists, craftspeople and designers by promoting their work internationally.Any eligible Australian commercial art gallery officially invited to Art Basel (Switzerland), The Armory Show (New York) or Frieze Art Fair (London) or other international visual art, craft or design fairs. Further information can be viewed on the ozco web site

Artisan touring shows funded

The Australia China Council has awarded artisan funding to tour Desert Psychedelic: Jimmy Pike to the Ning Bo Museum in Ning Bo, China. The ACC Board were impressed with the project and artisan will be taking the textile, prints, and fashion of the late Indigenous designer, Jimmy Pike, to the people of China. Desert Psychedelic: Jimmy Pike will be travelling to Ning Bo in early 2011. artisan has also received funding from Visions of Australia to tour the highly successful glass exhibition Tour De Force: In Case of Emergency Break Glass. Curated by Megan Bottari, Tour De Force is a conceptual glass exhibition featuring works by nationally and internationally respected Australian glass artists Timothy Horn, Deb Jones, Jacqueline Gropp, Nicholas Folland, Neil Roberts, Tom Moore, Ian Mowbray and Patricia Roan. The exhibition will tour to nine venues throughout New South Wales, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Western Australia throughout 2011.

Director announced for the National Portrait Gallery

Ms Louise Doyle is the new announced Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Ms Doyle, who succeeds Mr Andrew Sayers AM as Director, has a background in arts administration and extensive experience in regional galleries, and metropolitan and national museums.


Unlimited announces one of the world's most influential creative thinkers, Bunker Roy, founder of India's social work and research centre; The Barefoot College, will be speaking as part of their public program on 5 October. Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific is a new international event supported by the Queensland Government to promote the value of design thinking in shaping a positive future for the Asia Pacific region. From 4-10 October, Unlimited events will explore how design thinking can change your business, community and world via a series of workshops, talks, forums, exhibitions and events. Find out more at

Mud Australia opens second store in Melbourne

Sydney-based ceramicists Mud Australia have just opened their second store in Melbourne on Gertrude St Fitzroy. This store is in addition to their Sydney Store on Edgecliffe Raod Woollahra.Mud is run by husband and wife team Shelley Simpson and James Kirkton. Their company profile lists their global values of craft, community and sustainability. Mud Australia ceramics are available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, United States, and the United Kingdom. Mud Australia online



4 calendar

Jeff Mincham, Coorong Morning, 2009, medium elliptical form multiglazed midfire, 49x42x12cm,  Photographer Grant HancockJoyce Milpuna Bidingal, Coiled basket (detail), dyed and woven pandanus

Jeff Mincham: Ceramics

5 February - 19 March 2011
Tamworth Regional Art Gallery , Tamworth
Jeff Mincham: Ceramics is a national touring exhibition and part of Object Gallery's Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Mincham preferring clay as his medium, explores and develops his techniques and processes for his arts practice, using natural elements to inspire and inform his work.
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Women With Clever Hands:

3 September - 31 October 2010
Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
Women With Clever Hands: Gapuwiayak Miyalkurrwurr Gong Djambatjmala features fibre work by women artists from Gapuwiyak in northeast Arnham Land. It is the first time the women of Gapuwiyak, past and present, have presented an array of their creative work in fibre. Their aesthetically beautiful works combine simple, functional shapes with intricate design, fine detail and subtle colour, all of which in turn, reflect the complexities of their land and their culture.
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Liz Williamson, Twist, woven textileGillian Treichel, Domestic Landscapes

Connected - Clay Feet group

3 September - 3 October 2010
Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth
Connected is a feast of three dimensional ceramics showcasing surface, texture, pattern and form. With sculptural ceramics by six emerging and established female artists.
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5 ca projects

Right Way

An online discussion and community about future directions for Indigenous craft and design.

Craft + Design Enquiry

Craft Australia announces the publication of the second issue, Cross-cultural Exchanges in Craft and Design Volume 2, edited by Dr Louise Hamby this issue focuses on Australian Indigenous practice.



An O'Possum-skin Cloak 2005-06 (detail)



6 opportunities

Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award
The Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award is an annual prize for ceramic art. The award is open to artists nationally and is non-acquisitive. Four artists are selected from the entries received to develop work for a group exhibition of ceramic art at a commercial gallery. From these four artists, one is selected to receive the prize money.
Closing date: Friday, 7 October 2011   more opportunities

Tom Malone Prize
The Tom Malone Prize is an annual acquisitive prize open to glass artists throughout Australia. The Prize provides an opportunity for artists working in Australia to showcase and be recognised for their work nationally.
Closing date: Wednesday, 23 November 2011   more opportunities

Call for Entries
Fusion is calling for entries in the ceramic teapot competition. There are two sections to enter, the functional and non - functional teapot sections. Entry forms available form Fusion. Email
Closing date: Monday, 11 October 2010   more opportunities

Call for Proposals
Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) is calling for proposals from artists to create site-specific works for Gallery 4 on Civic Square, the glass-walled exhibition space at the CMAG main entrance, which is accessible for viewing twenty-four hours a day. Fully realised proposals for works of art are welcome from artists based in the Canberra region who are not currently engaged in formal study. Limited funds and equipment will be available for installation. Mark Van Veen
Closing date: Friday, 12 November 2010   more opportunities

Call for Entries
Port Hacking Potters Group are calling for submissions for the 46th National Pottery Competition and Exhibition. All entries submitted must be the original work of the competitor & must have been made and completed in the twelve months preceding the exhibition.
Closing date: Friday, 24 September 2010   more opportunities

Call for Expressions of Interest
Southern Charms is an exhibition of 'power jewellery' that demonstrates the relevance of objects to hopes and fears. It includes work designed by jewellers, designers and artists from Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Bolivia. The exhibition will open at RMIT Gallery in February 2012. You are invited to submit an expressions of interest
Closing date: Saturday, 4 December 2010   more opportunities


7 tales of adventure

Louise Fulton, travelling the Barkly Highway, 2009 Ceramicist Louise Fulton, based in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, recently undertook a residency in Darwin with Territory Craft culminating in an exhibition inspired by the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species and his 200th birthday anniversary. In this tale of adventure she takes us on a drive to the top end and through her process of creating works for the exhibition Dyad - an unnatural selection …

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If you have followed one of our opportunity listings that resulted in you participating or attending a residency, exhibition, conference or event and would like to write about your experience (approx length 1000-1500 words) please email the editor.


8 connect

Make further connections with the Craft Australia online community. Visit our Facebook site to become part of our online community, for short text updates and links to our activities follow us on Twitter and to view images of Australian craft and design online including the National Historical visit our Flickr site.

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9 support us

Craft Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and has been an advocate for the craft and design sector for 40 years. Your donation will assist us in continuing to promote and support the sector. Tax deductible donations can be made on-line.


Rolled Porcelain Cylinders , Alan Watt, 1979 , from the Craft Australia National Historical Collection



Craft Australia gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance it receives from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian government's arts funding and advisory body. Craft Australia is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian government and all state and territory governments.

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