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Carl McConnell

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Carl McConnell | Australia 1926–2003 | Large vase with ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze c.1980 | Stoneware, wheelthrown with ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze and poured decoration | 54 x 29.5cm (diam.) | Purchased 2005 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Carl McConnell Large vase with ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze c.1980
Carl McConnell
Australia 1926–2003
Large vase with ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze c.1980
Stoneware, wheelthrown with ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze and poured decoration
54 x 29.5cm (diam.)
Purchased 2005
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Carl McConnell

Large vase with ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze c.1980

Carl McConnell has come to be regarded as Queensland’s most significant potter of the postwar generation. He introduced stoneware and porcelain firing to Queensland and subsequently, through the quality of his work, achieved nationwide representation. His importance in the ceramic history of both Queensland and Australia was recognised by a 1986 survey exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery, ‘Carl McConnell: Master Potter’.

This large vase, testament to McConnell’s exceptional throwing skills, exhibits the spectacular ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze, named after his pottery in the outer Brisbane suburb of Pinjarra Hills. Most potters would assume that McConnell had achieved this glaze by some combination of reduced copper glazes when it is, in fact, iron-based. The black and gold brushwork emphasises the intensity of the even, reddish purple glaze, and the pot may be considered one of the major examples of the post-Bernard Leach tradition in Australia.