Ceramics is one of the world's most ancient art forms. When people discovered clay could be mixed with water and then fired to form beautiful objects, an industry was born. As early as 24,000 BC, artistic objects were created with ceramics and, as historical artefacts, we have learned much about ancient cultures by studying ceramics.
Fast forward thousands of years and ceramic art can be found in almost all developed cultures - notably the Chinese, Cretan, Greek, Persian, Mayan, Japanese and Korean cultures, as well as Australia and other Western cultures.
Stephen Bird, "Easter madness
The teaching of ceramics is an important part of inter-generational influence and in Australia the National Art School (NAS) ceramics department has a long history of outstanding creativity.
Turn Turn Turn is an inspiring exhibition which celebrates over 60 years of the renowned ceramics course at the NAS. With FREE admission and curated by Glenn Barkley, the exhibition explores the key styles and movements that have evolved over six decades.
The exhibition has a focus group of twelve artists whose work represents a diversity of ceramics production and creativity at NAS over a period of more than 60 years.
Peter Rushforth "Cream and brown vase
The artists include Stephen Bird, Louise Boscacci, Lynda Draper, Merran Esson, Steve Harrison, Patsy Hely, Juz Kitson, Janet Mansfield, Alan Peascod, Peter Rushforth AM, Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO and Toni Warburton.
As well as the exhibition, the NAS is holding a number of talks and workshops for those who would like to explore ceramics in greater detail and get some hands on experience of this beautiful art form. Talks and workshops are being held on:
Friday 5 June (10.30am-12.00pm) Artist talks in the Gallery
Saturday 6 June (12.00pm-4.00pm)
East Sydney Art Walk Discover 19 galleries in the East Sydney precinct
Wednesday 22 July (1.00pm-2.00pm)
Art Forum Talk FREE
Merran Esson "A Different Skin
Saturday 4 July (10.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm- 4.00pm)
Turn Turn Turn Studio Workshop A creative workshop for adults, children, friends and families, to experiment with new forms and innovative ways of working with clay. Adults $25 / children $15
Thursday evenings in July -16, 23 and 30 July (4:00PM-4:30pm) TouchTouchTouch Conversations held in the Gallery throughout July with a special focus on selected works in the exhibition FREE
More information about the Turn Turn Turn exhibition and other activities being run by the NAS can be found at the NAS website.