Tuesday, May 11, 2021

All my ducks in a row

Hello! Last week I had the absolute pleasure of being on The Art Show with the amazing Namila Benson, on ABC Radio National. I was interviewed alongside Dr. Ania Kortaba-Morley to discuss art that documents the covid era.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here! (The interview starts around the 36 and a half minute mark.)

I was also interviewed this week by Maddison Moore for the arts and humanities journal Antithesis, which you can read by clicking here!

In other news, the group exhibition I'm in as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival, titled Shaping Wit and on at The Concourse in Chatswood in Sydney, is still open daily until this Sunday May 16th. Huge thanks to everyone who's seen the show so far!


In amazing news, the UooUoo sculpture project I'm so pleased to have been a part of has just announced that it raised an incredible $867,100 for the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation!

Huge thanks to everyone involved for such a wonderful achievement that will hopefully help make a big difference for a lot people.

Thanks so much for reading, hope you're going really well, and to finish up here's a work in progress from my studio of me getting all my ceramic ducks in a row.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

End-list-ly devoted

Hi! Here's a new ceramic sculpture of a shopping list I found whilst working at a supermarket during Melbournes lockdown last year. 


During lockdown many people passed the time by picking up new hobbies, like giving themselves haircuts, adopting pets, and giving their pets haircuts.


This list was written by someone who used their time to plan out a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and dinners.

Here's a photo of the actual list.


This sculpture is one of a series of ten new ceramic sculptures of shopping lists, each list tells a story of its anonymous writer during lockdown. To see them all, follow along this week on Artspace's instagram account @52artists52actions, where I'll be posting them from now until Sunday April 18.

52 Artists 52 Actions is an online project presented by Artspace, where every week for a year they commission a new series of work. You can find out more about the project by clicking here!

In other exciting news, this Saturday April 17th I'm presenting an artist talk and running two ceramic workshops at JamFactory in Adelaide. It'd be great to see you there! To book a spot click here!


In other exciting news, I have some work in a group exhibition opening next week called Shaping Wit, at The Concourse in Sydney, as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival.

The opening's on Wednesday April 21st, hope to see you there!
In other exciting news, next Sunday April 25th I'm running some ceramics workshops at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne!

The workshops are for people of all skill levels from ages 16 to 25, and is wheelchair friendly. The workshops are only $5 with all materials provided. For more info, and to book a spot, click here!


And in other exciting news, if you happen to see the latest issue of the awesome Journal of Australian Ceramics flip it open to page 123 and you'll find my Apocalipso sculptures!

Thanks so much for reading, hope you're going well. I'm really looking forward to getting back to Adelaide and Sydney in this next week, fingers crossed there aren't any flights cancelled blues!


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A long, long time agro

Hi, hope you're really well!

Here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of an Agro ice-cream from Wendy's. 

In exciting news, I'm hosting some sculpture workshops coming up at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne!

The workshops are all about the big role that certain objects can play in shaping our daily lives and identities, and we'll have a go at making some of these objects into clay sculptures.

The workshops are on Sunday April 25th and only $5, with all materials provided. The workshops are for people aged 16 to 25, and of all skill levels. The event is wheelchair accessible. 

It's gonna be super fun but get in quick as spots are limited! For more info, and to book please click here!


If you're in Adelaide, I'm also hosting some ceramic workshops at JamFactory on Saturday April 17. This workshop is for people of all ages and skill levels, and is wheelchair accessible. I'm really excited for it and would love to see you there!

For more info, and to book your spot, please click here!

After the workshop be sure to check out the exhibition I'm in at JamFactory titled Pop Mart! A big thanks to Broadsheet for including it in their list of five art shows to see in Adelaide!

In other exciting news, I was recently invited to speak about my work with Linden Gallery, you can read the interview by clicking here! 

Big thanks to Linden for the invitation, and thanks also to photographer Theresa Harrison for dropping by my studio and taking some nice photos.

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you have a nice Easter break with lots of treats, speaking of which, here's a new ceramic sculpture of a supermarket chocolate cake. 

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Licorice allsorted!

Hello, hope this blog post finds you well!

There's one week left to see my solo show Trains, Planes and Bubble'O Bills at Tweed Regional Gallery in NSW, finishing this Sunday, March 14th. A huge thanks to all the people who've seen the show and sent such amazing feedback!

A big thanks as well to everyone who's seen my new group exhibition, Pop Mart, that's just opened at JamFactory. 

If you happen to be in Adelaide, to coincide with the show I'm presenting an artist talk and hosting two ceramics workshops at JamFactory on Saturday April 17th. Hopefully see you there, you can book a ticket by clicking here!


If you happen to be in Melbourne, there's still just a couple of weeks to see my ice-cream truck UooUoo currently displayed at Elwood Beach until next Sunday, March 21st, courtesy of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.


In other news, I just launched a Studio Sale section on my website. One of the available pieces is this new set of 3 ceramic Licorice Allsorts. If you're interested in purchasing this series, or seeing my other pieces currently available, please click here



Thanks for reading, hope you have a bright and colourful rest of the week!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Flights of jam fancie

Hello! The new group show I'm in at JamFactory, PopMart, opens today!

A huge thanks to everyone who's already responded so positively to the work! The exhibition's on until April 26th. To read the catalogue essay, written by curator Becca Freezer, please click here!

Jam Fancies  Acrylic on ceramic 35cm x 6cm x 16cm  2021
Jam Fancies, acrylic on ceramic, 35cm x 6cm x 16cm, 2021

You can also read a little interview I did for the show recently by clicking here!
Space Jam VHS Acrylic on ceramic 21.5cm x 12.5cm x 3.5cm  2021
Space Jam VHS, acrylic on ceramic, 21.5cm x 12.5cm x 3.5cm, 2021

In other fun news, the book I illustrated last year titled 101 Things to do when the wi-fi is down, written by Ruby Ashby-Orr and published by Affirm Press, has been translated for the Czech Republic!

And in more book news, a wonderful new book about the great Sydney based artist Ken Done comes out this week! The book's written by Amber Creswell Bell and published by Thames and Hudson, it comes out this week, and I was lucky enough to be asked to write a small piece about Ken that's been included in the book!

Thanks so much for reading, hope you're having a nice day! Oh and also, recently I remade my website, so please enjoy perusing my fancy new site by clicking here!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Jamming

Hi, here's a new series of ceramic sculptures titled Jamming. The series consists of six life-size sculptures of a jam jar, jam donut, Jam Fancies, Pearl Jam CD, Space Jam VHS and a pair of jim jams.

This work was inspired by some of my favourite sources of comfort and draws upon nostalgia to playfully respond to the notion of self preservation in what has been a challenging year for many.

Strawberry Jam
Acrylic on ceramic
13cm x 7.5cm x 7.5cm
2021

Jam Donut

Acrylic on ceramic
10cm x 4cm x 9cm

2021


Jam Fancies

Acrylic on ceramic
35cm x 6cm x 16cm

2021

Pearl Jam CD

Acrylic on ceramic
14cm x 1cm x 12.5cm

2021

Space Jam VHS
Acrylic on ceramic

21.5cm x 12.5cm x 3.5cm

2021

Jim Jams
Acrylic on ceramic
33cm x 4cm x 26cm

2021 

This jam packed series will be on display in the upcoming exhibition Pop Mart, from February 25th to April 25th, at Jam Factory in Adelaide.

Pop Mart features the work of myself alongside artists Sophia Nuske, Emma Young and Phil Ferguson, and is curated by Becca Freezer.

Jam Factory is located at 19 Morphett Street, Adelaide. The exhibition is free and wheelchair accessible. 
For more information please click here!

Jam Factory and I would like to acknowledge the
 Kaurna people as the traditional owners of the land on which this exhibition is taking place, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, who've been creating art here for thousands of years.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Sean to be wild

Hi, hope you're going well, here's a new ceramic sculpture of a packet of mints, to help you have a minty fresh start to the year. The piece is called 'All chewed up'.

This weekend is your last chance to see Eat Art, the group exhibition I'm in at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in NSW. For more info about the exhibition please click here!

This weekend is also the last chance to see the Linden 30th birthday group show I'm in at Linden Gallery in St. Kilda, Victoria. For more info about this exhibition please click here!

And of course my new solo show called Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills, is still on now until March 14 at Tweed Regional Gallery in NSW. Huge thank you to Art Almanac for including the show in this weeks trending list!

In other news, here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of a catalogue for an exhibition of the work by a Melbourne based artist whose work I really like Sean Meilak. 
I loved this exhibition and so wanted to pay a little tribute by making this sculpture as part of my ongoing series of ceramic book sculptures.
Sean has a fantastic new solo show called Made for Melodrama, on now at Niagara Galleries until February 6. For more info click here! 

Last week I brought my book sculpture along to the exhibition and Sean was kind enough to autograph it for me. Huge thank you to Sean!

Here we are alongside Sean's new piece, called ‘
Send in the Clowns'.
(Photo by James Lynch.)

Thanks so much for reading, hope you have a nice rest of the day.

I'd like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which I created this sculpture, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and pay my respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, who've been creating art here for thousands of years.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Foot loose!

Hey, in exciting news, my piece "Exciting Things Are A Foot" is currently installed in the city as part the exhibition Uptown.

It's up until February 28th, so keep an eye out if you find yourself stepping out and kicking around the top end of Bourke Street!

(Photo taken by Emmy Clifton)

In other exciting news, my ice-cream truck sculpture that I painted last year for the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation has just been installed at Elwood Beach!

(Photo taken by Emmy Clifton)

You can visit the sculpture anytime from now until March 21st, located just next to Elwood pier. For more info click here! 

And speaking of ice-cream, a huge thanks to the hundreds of amazing families who came and made such creative drawings with me of ice-cream flavours suitable for animals, last week at the National Gallery of Victoria! 

A big thanks as well to Alice Walker from ABC Goulburn for inviting me onto the The Art Show on Radio National last Monday morning to talk about it!

Another big thanks too to everyone who so wonderfully created their own sculpture of a clay crayon, (AKA. "clayon"), in my workshops last week at Tweed Regional Gallery.


One of the highlights from the workshop was a very clever 5 year old who had recently been to see Egyptian mummies, so decided to make a Tutankhamun themed crayon and instead of making a crayon box they wanted it to go in a sarcophagus!

In other news, there's just nine days left to see the Linden Gallery Postcard Show 30th birthday exhibition, so definitely have a look if you happen to be in St. Kilda between now and January 31st. For more info 
click here!

Here's a photo of my ceramic sculpture in the exhibition, titled 
The Ticket.

(Photo taken by Theresa Harrison Photography)

And lastly for today, I have a couple more ceramic book sculptures in the window of the fantastic Hill Of Content book store on Bourke Street.

Alongside my sculpture of Blockbuster by Lucy Sussex, my two new ceramic sculptures in the window are based on a couple more brilliant local books; Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull and Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe.

These sculptures are on display until February 28th.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 11, 2021

The ice-cream of the crop

Hi, hope you're going well and having a nice start to the year. It was 37 degrees today, so it was the perfect day to be sculpting a melted ice-cream!


Photo credits- Emmy Clifton

In other ice-cream related news, this week I'm hosting three kids drawing workshops at the National Gallery of Victoria!

The workshops are all about drawing funny flavoured ice-creams, like pumpkin popsicles or a cabbage flavoured ice-cream for a snail!

Come say hello and make some drawings with me at the NGV anytime from 11am to 2pm this Tuesday January 12th, Wednesday January 13th and Thursday January 14th.

The events are free but booking's required. For more info, and to book in, please click here!

And in other news, here's a new online kids tutorial I made last week with Tweed Regional Gallery, all about how to make a ceramic crayon. The video coincides with my current solo exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery called Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills, which is on now until March 14th.

Thanks so much for reading, hope the rest of your week goes as well as popsicle!
Image credits- Emmy Clifton