Craft has been busy in the recent months. There was Craft Cubed, the biggest craft and design festival in Melbourne, followed by the monthyl curated art and craft market of New Craft in Queen Victoria Market till the end of the year. More recently Craft opened a pop-up shop in Melbourne Town Hall. This October, Victoria's peak body in the region's craft and design scene will provide the public with access to 3 of the finest ceramicists in Australia.
Craft is hosting a FREE talk on 25 October featuring Kate Jones, Sarah O'Sullivan and Gerry Wedd. All 3 ceramicists with differing conceptual and material approaches will share insights into their art and ideas behind their exhibitions running in the Flinders Lane gallery from 24 October to 29 November.
Winner of the coveted Sofitel Award, Melbourne-based Kate Jones spend her time creating sculptural forms that capture the essence of a particular time or space. She is inspired by a range of personal experiences and tries to capture a deeper sense of being. Her exhibition 'Being' will explore the space between traditional ceramics and abstract two-dimensional art.
Ceramic work by Sarah O'Sullivan / Photo courtesy of Craft
A finalist for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards, Sarah O'Sullivan has already exhibited at the 4th ASNA clay triennial in Pakistan and had her work tour Emporio Armani Stores all over Australia. This Masters of Fine Art graduate enjoys investigating how decoration is used in domestic ceramics to navigate relationships between people and the natural Australian environment and become a 'vessel' of memory. Her new exhibition 'Vestige' will showcase unique pieces that incorporate her love of fine detailing, drawing, carving and manipulation, techniques.
Melbourne mafioso / Photo by Gerry Wedd
Best known for his combination of high art and 'low' culture, Gerry Wedd has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in major public collections. An accomplished student of jewellery making, painting, drawing and ceramics, Gerry enjoys exploring the rich local music culture and threads that link the crafts and the writing of songs, particularly in a popular or folk idiom. His 'Ceramics in Pot' explores the deep songwriting well of Melbourne and serves as a kind of wunderkammer dedicated to various Melbourne performers and songs, both living and dead.
So join Craft and its artists for an afternoon exploring the links between craft practice and pop culture, high art and glaze technology.