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Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland Studio Potters

Vase with hidasuki marks

Carl McConnell | 1926 — 2003 | Vase with hidasuki marks c.1975 | Stoneware, thrown, tied with salt-soaked straw and fired in the Bizen technique | Gift of Carl and Bunny McConnell 1987 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

17 March — 22 July 2012 | Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Free admission


QAG Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

Carl McConnell (1926–2003) was the most important potter in the post-World War Two generation in Queensland, introducing stoneware and porcelain firing to the state. His superb craftsmanship has been showcased in numerous exhibitions, which established his nationwide profile. Phillip McConnell (b.1947), Carl’s eldest son, followed in his father’s footsteps and established a career of equal significance.

Both artists have been influenced by the Anglo–Japanese tradition, initially through the groundbreaking publication A Potters Book (1940) by Bernard Leach. As Australia’s trading relationships with Japan developed from the 1960s onwards, the influence of Japanese ceramics on the artists became more direct and Phillip went on to study at the ancient Japanese pottery centre Mashiko. Carl and Phillip McConnell are regarded as superb ceramic technicians — both experimented with traditional Chinese and Japanese methods to produce a remarkably diverse and sophisticated oeuvre.

An 8-page exhibition brochure is available for purchase from  the QAGOMA Store and online.

Tour for visitors with a hearing impairment
10.00am Friday 23 March
Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. As the number of devices is limited, bookings in advance are essential. A minimum of 2 business days is required and bookings are subject to availability. To book, please contact the Education Bookings Office. Telephone: (07) 3840 7255 (between 8.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday). Email: educationbookings@qagoma.qld.gov.au

Auslan-interpreted tour for visitors who are Deaf
3.00pm Sunday 25 March
Meet your guide at the QAG Melbourne Street information desk. An interpreter from Deaf Services Queensland accompanies the volunteer guide on these free tours. No bookings are required.

Programs and Events

My Gen 50+: Illustrated Lecture 

The McConnells: Father and Son
Wednesday 21
March | 12.30pm | QAG Lecture Theatre

Exhibition curator, Glenn Cooke, Research Curator, Queensland Heritage, provides an illustrated introductory lecture on the exhibition ‘Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland Studio Potters’, exploring the relationship between the father and son. More information