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  • Stephen Bird (b.1964) Last Muster of the Tasmanian Aborigines at Risdon with paint tin, 2012, hand-painted and glazed ceramic form, 20 x 37 x 36cm. MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Roger Pietri Bequest 2015

MAG&M's Ceramics Collection

MAG&M is working towards uploading its permanent collection online. In total, we have over 6,800 items across five collection areas, so we are progressing this upload in stages. 

First up - highlights from MAG&M's ceramics collection. This selection of works were purchased or donated over the past decade and include some of the most significant ceramicists working in Australia today.


Alison Milyika Carroll (b.1958)

Ngayuku Walka #2

2011

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Alison Milyika Carroll

Ngayuku Walka #2, 2018

terracotta form with terra sigillata, slips and sgraffito

MAG&M Collection - Purchased 2011

Item C0344

During NAIDOC Week 2021, we celebrate a work in our ceramics collection by Alison Milyika Carroll. Alison is a Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara artist and leader from the Pukatja Community, APY Lands. Her career in the arts spans over four decades. She is currently the Chair of Ernabella Arts, Australia’s oldest art centre, established in 1948. Alison is also Director of Ku Arts, a position in which she offers strong cultural and strategic leadership. As an artist, Alison works across multiple mediums including ceramics. Often, the patterns and line work seen in her artwork are inspired by woman’s ceremonial painting on the body or landmarks seen in the Anangu Pitjantjatara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Alison relishes her role as a teacher to emerging artists and cultural leaders. She actively develops and advocates for opportunities for young people in the community, so that they remain connected to culture and ensure strength and pride of their identity and their art centre for years to come. In 2020, Alison was presented with the prestigious Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Australia Council for the Arts First Nations Awards 2020. She is represented in Sydney by Sabbia Gallery, and her work is held in collections worldwide


Simone Fraser (b.1951)

Impression Series #5

2014

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Simone Fraser (b.1951)

Impression Series #5, 2014

dry glaze, mid-fired ceramic vessel, 33 x 16cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Roger Pietri Bequest 2015

Item C0369


Honor Freeman (b.1978)

Flood tide

2012

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Honor Freeman (b.1978)

Flood tide, 2012

slip cast, wheel thrown and hand built porcelain, 28 x 46 x 36cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Roger Pietri Bequest 2015

Item C0372


John Dermer (b.1949)

Bell form

2013

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John Dermer (b.1949)

Bell form, 2013

salt glazed porcelain with oxides, wheel thrown, 32 x 25cm

MAG&M Collection - Gift of MAG&M Society 2014

Item C0365


Fairlie Kingston (b.1954)

Collaroy

2010

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Fairlie Kingston (b.1954)

Collaroy, 2010

Ceramic relief tile

MAG&M Collection - Purchased 2017

Item C0334


Peter Rushforth (1920-2015)

Plate with blue glaze

c1980

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Peter Rushforth (1920-2015)

Plate with blue glaze, c1980

Chun glaze on tenmoku underglaze, 5 x 43cm

MAG&M Collection - Gift in the name of Anthony Schoer by daughter Alyson 2012

Item C0349


Neville French & Belinda Fox

Tilt 12

2017

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Neville French & Belinda Fox

Tilt 12, 2017

porcelain with inlaid and brushed slips, wood ash, limestone glaze and acrylic, 3 pieces, 30 x 32 x 20cm

MAG&M Collection - Gift of MAG&M Society 2017

Item C0398


Barbara Campbell-Allen (b.1954)

Long awaited rain

2018

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Barbara Campbell-Allen (b.1954)

Long awaited rain, 2018

woodfired stoneware, earthenware slip, ash glaze, 39 x 45 x 33cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased 2019

Item C0422

Like much of Campbell-Allen’s oeuvre, Long Awaited Rain embodies several stories. In one, it is a literal interpretation of rain snaking down a fogged-up window. In another it evokes a dream of water in Australia’s parched interior. Thirdly, its ovoid shape references the high art of Constantin Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse (1910). Originally carved in marble, then cast in bronze, Sleeping Muse represents a head stripped of superfluous detail, just as Campbell-Allen’s piece suggests geological features rather than being a literal interpretation of the Flinders Ranges and the massifs of Central Australia that inspired it. Kata Juta and Uluru are best known as red-rock behemoths but in downpours their colours range from indigo to storm grey. To create the watery runnels streaming down its misty-white surface, Long Awaited Rain was fired in a hot zone at the front of the kiln under layers of ash. Barbara Campbell-Allen trained at the National Art School, Sydney, later at the Gippsland Centre for Design and Art, and gained a M. Visual Arts. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas and received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the creative arts. Barbara works with the demanding practice of anagama woodfiring not only because of the striking effects it produces, but also for the challenge of working within its rigorous framework. The choice of clay and firing cycle, how the kiln is packed and whether pots are exposed to the flames or protected, and the timber used (eucalypt, willow and blackwattle) all affect the outcome. An anagama firing needs constant attention. Campbell-Allen often takes the early-morning shift. ‘Having that calm period alone with the kiln is very satisfying,’ she says. ‘The lengthy firing breeds patience … there is nothing to do but wait.’

Crafting ceramics is as old as human civilisation and inextricably linked to the earth, particularly in Non-Western cultures who regard their relationship to the land as integral to the social order. In anagama-fired works like Long Awaited Rain, Barbara Campbell-Allen also shows how human endeavour and the natural world come together responsibly.

Dr Susan Steggall, MAG&M Society Member

SOURCES:

  • • Barbara Campbell-Allen, ‘Variable or Vagary. Exploration of the dynamics of pot placement in an anagama kiln’, Pottery in Australia, Issue #34/2. Winter, 1995, 54-56; ‘Anagama firebox Colour’, Ceramic Technical, No.12, 2001, 60-66; www.barbara-campbell-allen.com.au.
  • • Barry Lopez, ‘Effleurage: the stroke of fire’, About This Life. Journeys on the Threshold of Memory, The Harvill Press, London, 1998.
  • • Catalogue of Exhibition: Cracker. Colours of Australia, December 2018-February 2019, Rochefort Gallery.
  • • Susan Steggall, ‘Nature with a hint of architecture’, Pottery in Australia, Vol.41, No.1, 22, 2002; ‘Introduction’, A Way of Happening, Society of Women Writers, 2006.

Julie Bartholomew (b.1956)

Weeping container

2015

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Julie Bartholomew (b.1956)

Impression Series #5, 2014

porcelain with white matt and red copper glazes and decals, 28 x 24.5cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Theo Batten Bequest 2016

Item C0394


Guan Wei (b.1957)

Blue Like Sky 1

2014

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Guan Wei (b.1957)

Blue Like Sky 1, 2014

porcelain vase, hand-painted, 44 x 29cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Roger Pietri Bequest 2015

Item C0371


Rupert Jack (b.1951)

Kaltu Kaltu

2017

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Rupert Jack (b.1951)

Kaltu Kaltu, 2017

stoneware with sgraffito, 17 x 26 x 14cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased 2017

Item C0396


Cathy Franzi (b.1964)

The Sanctuary, North Head

2014

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Cathy Franzi (b.1964)

The Sanctuary, North Head, 2014

porcelain, englobe, glaze, sgraffito, raku, clay and oxides, 32 x 55 x 42cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Theo Batten Bequest 2014

Item C0364


Stephen Bird (b.1964)

Last Muster of the Tasmanian Aborigines at Risdon with paint tin

2012

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Stephen Bird (b.1964)

Last Muster of the Tasmanian Aborigines at Risdon with paint tin, 2012

hand-painted and glazed ceramic form, 20 x 37 x 36cm

MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Roger Pietri Bequest 2015

Item C0368