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21 July 2013


2010 was a year of change and new challenges. In March I was appointed Executive Director of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in Canberra. This has been a very exciting time for me and its a great priviledge to be given this opportunity. As anticipated the appointment has curtailed my time somewhat, and what little time remains is dedicated to my ceramics.

As a result Avicam has been very quiet.


9 January, 2010

Moving forward into 2010

2009 was a year of change and growth - breaking down, letting go and rebuilding.

I was fortunate to be represented in a number of exhibitions working with a wonderful group of colleagues, curators and galleries. Having spent most of 2008 experimenting with new ideas and materials the work presented in 2009 was varied and, for me, an exciting growth to my practice.

Works created for the exhibition 2009 Ceramica Multiplex and Place and Being experimented with the combination of porcelain and volcanic ash, whilst the use of decals was inspired by visits to Cockatoo Island and the insect collection at the CSIRO in Canberra and resulted in works represented in the White Heat exhibition - Collections, 2009 and Unravel - a history. In the exhibition, Contemporary Porcelain, I continue to work with found clays and porcelain experimenting more with the use of black slip and the subtlety of glaze colour.

I left Craft Australia in March 2009, although I remain on the committee of the Craft Australia Research Centre, and moved to the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. There, I am responsible for the development of the Council's programs, communications and website and manage their annual event, HASS on the Hill.

2010 feels like a good, solid year for growth and expansion.

I start the new year by featuring works by Carole Epp and Ivy Stock.

Avicam Gallery: Carole Epp

Carole Epp
A collection of innocent crimes
See: Gallery: Carole Epp

Carole Epp has been a long time colleague and friend. We first met when Carole came to Australia (from Canada) to study at the Canberra School of Art, The Australian National University. I have always loved Carole's work and this is a glimpse of her new work, exhibited at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.

Carole says, "I have always held a firm belief in the role of art in impacting public opinion, as a space for dialogue and as a source of resistance to injustices in the world."


Avicam Profile: Ivy Yock

Ivy Yock
1918 - 2009
See: Profile: Ivy Yock

"Ivy Yock was a pioneer in pottery and sculpture, a multi-disciplined artist who had a long and diverse history of working and excelling in a number of the visual and plastic arts", writes Gordon Foulds.

Gordon writes about the renown Queensland artist, celebrating her life and her work.




10 November, 2009


Avi Amesbury
Unravel - a history
See: Gallery

Patsy Hely, Senior Lecturer, Honours Convenor, Australian National University School of Art, curated this year's Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members' exhibition, unravel.

Someone sits pulling at a thread on a jumper, someone stares down a microscope at a speck on a slide, someone starts yelling on a bus; all are unravelling: their jumper, a scientific mystery, themselves.

Each year a curatorial premise is set and, as in past years, members have responded in a variety of ways. Some have identified ideas of unraveling in their usual production and here made this more explicit, some have used their regular materials and processes but responded in uncharacteristic ways, while others have used the exhibition to develop work totally outside their normal practice. The responses to the theme have been individual though some common themes are discernable, with an interest in investigating histories of place or family, and eco-political concerns perhaps the most apparent.

Read the catalogue essay by Patsy Hely. You can also view images from the Craft ACT gallery.


29 August, 2009

Place and Being

New work by Margaret Carlin and moi in ceramics and charcoal drawings.

The exhibition is an exploration of a physical manifestation of the emotions, knowledge and character of the artists working in response to landscape, either the natural environment or human (or inner) landscape. "To describe the landscape is to inscribe the character (of the artist)."

Anita McIntrye will open the exhibition, so is you can join us on Thursday 3 September, we would love to see you there … details


14 June, 2009

White Heat

Penny Byrne
George and Laura simply adore the War on Terror

White Heat opened on Friday 12 June and is being held in conjunction with The Australian Ceramics Biennale 09. Curated by Dr Julie Bartholomew.

Transformative practices that move beyond the object of utility, often take risks that propel the maker and viewer into unfamiliar territory. The exhibition offers a space for discourses of social, political and cultural concern.

View work by selected artists


15 March, 2009

2009 Ceramica Multiplex

Pam Sinnott, Sieversii

The greatest and most important ceramic manifestation in Croatia will take place from April 18 till May 17 2009 in the City Museum of Varazdin and other places in the town. It will be held under the patronage of the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Varazdin City Council.

7 artists from Australia were selected for the international exhibition, Ceramica Multiplex.

Congratulations to Pam Sinnot who received an Honourable Mention for her work, Sieversii.
Avicam Gallery   View images
Announcement of awards
List of selected artists


Visiting the Mino Kilns by Janet Barriskill

Visiting the Mino Kilns

I was fortunate to meet Janet Barriskill whilst at the 2008 Sturt Woodfire conference. Chatting over dinner I learnt that it was Janet who had written the book Visiting the Mino Kilns. The book was first published in 1995 by Wild Peony and, as far as I knew, was out of print.

After visiting Japan in 1973 Janet felt such an infinity with many of the people she met she studied for many years learning how to speak, read and write the language.

The book contains Janet's translation of the National Living Treasure Arakawa Toyozo's The Traditions and Techniques of Mino Pottery. Dorothy Hope says in her book review published in Pottery in Australia, Winter 1995, "With great sensitivity she (Janet) has been able to convey the essence of the written work of this humble, but influential potter, Arakawa Toyozo".

To my delight Janet had a number of copies and sent me one. A small number are still available and can be purchased from Sturt Gallery in Mittagong, John Freeland Gallery and All Hand Made Gallery in Sydney.