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Exhibition

Connections - land and sea

The exhibition Connections - land and sea explored my personal connection to 'place' and was inspired by the region where I live.

 

As Dr Julie Bartholomew says in her exhibition essay, Our Material Home, '"we are all capable of bringing memory or meaning to a place, and this engagement can heighten the significance of a location associated with our past experiences or current surroundings. For a craft-based artist who sources raw materials from the earth to incorporate into their practise, the threads of connection between hand-formed items and their places of origin are like magnetic circuits that charge the material object with vitality and meaning."

View: Portfolio

Read: Garland Magazine, Our Material Home

The exhibition was supported by the NSW Government through

Create NSW.

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The land speaks No. 2

Porcelain, found clay, blue glaze, gold lustre

Image: Art Atelier Photography

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Moments

Porcelain, found clay

Image: Art Atelier Photography

Artist-in-Residence

From February to June 2022 I was artist-in-residence at the Fremantle Art Centre in Western Australia. The residency research examined my family’s past – one of the first settler families to arrive in Quairading and given free land lots while the Noongar Ballardong traditional owners where driven from their land. The project explored the concept of self reconciliation, how I personally reconcile with issues of land dispossession, by engaging in the difficult conversations around conflict, abuse and racism. The residency explored memory, loss and grief through sound, mark-making and clay.

Read: The Self Reconciliation Project

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Central wheat-belt, Quairading region

Broad-acre farming

Black + White Porcelain Tableware

Each unique piece of the mix and match Black + White Porcelain Tableware collection is designed, made and painted to be purchased as single special pieces or in sets so craft lovers can add to their collection over time.

View: Portfolio

Read: Echoes of Natural Forms

Retail: Blend at Tathra

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Black + White Porcelain Tableware 

Porcelain, black slip, hand painted

Photograph: Art Atelier Photography

NEWS

December 2021

The Self Reconciliation Project

Researching 100 years of my family history and our access to land in Australia I started with a time-line beginning with migration from Scotland to Quairading and finishing with the birth of my mother. The family was one of the first settler families to arrive in Quairading and they were given free land lots.

December 2021

Echoes of Natural Forms
by Mike Hall

Carved lines, raised dots, curves and undulating contours feature on the surfaces of the black and white collection of hand-made ceramic tableware.

Amesbury makes bold marks on each piece, in the form of scraffito, embracing a long and rich tradition in pottery of abstracting forms from nature and the local landscape.

December 2021

International Academy of Ceramics

I'm honoured to be accepted as a new member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

The IAC brings together ceramists, potters, artists, designers, authors, collectors, gallerists, conservators, restorers, curators as well as a panel of prestigious institutions.