30 November 2008
Milton Moon, now in his eighty first year began his interest in pottery in 1950 whilst studying as a part-time post-war student of Painting and Drawing in Brisbane. A friend, Harry Memmott, a post-war graduate from the Sydney Art School, and the grandson of Queensland pioneer potter J.T. Sandison, introduced Moon to Mervyn Feeney, a chemist and engineer and also one of the last traditionally trained potters in Queensland. Feeney was to become mentor, friend and informal teacher to both.
Moon also undertook private painting tuition with Margaret Cilento who had studied both in London and New York.
Milton Moon's first major exhibition was held in Brisbane in 1959, followed by his first major exhibition in Sydney in 1963. He has exhibited widely in numerous one-man and group exhibitions in all of Australia's major centres. He has also represented Australia in exhibitions in many countries, including England, Germany, Japan, and in America where his work has been exhibited twice at the Smithsonian Institute. Moon has also had a major one-man exhibition in Japan.
In 1965 he was awarded a foundation Churchill Fellowship which took him to sixteen countries.
In 1966 he was asked to be a speaker at the World Craft Conference, Montreux, Switzerland.
In 1974 he was awarded a Myer Foundation Geijutsu Fellowship to live and work in Japan, a country he was to revisit many times.
In 1984 he was made an AM, in the Order of Australia Awards.
In l992 he became a recipient of an Advance Australia Award.
In 1992 Moon was awarded a five-year Creative Arts Fellowship, one of the most important awards given to an Australian artist by the Australian Government.
Moon is also a Life Member of the Craft Association of South Australia.
He is represented in all major Australian collections and in public and private collections in many parts of the world.
In 2010 a biography of Milton Moon A Potter's Pilgrimage was published by Wakefield Press, South Australia.