Australian Glass and Ceramic

14 Apr 2018 – 28 Oct 2018
QAG | Pelican Lounge | Free

Australia has a rich history of contemporary studio glass practitioners. The development of Australian glass is largely a narrative of friendships, mentorships, and collaboration between individuals rather than organisations. The magical appeal of glass – and the unique qualities in the play of transmitted, reflected and refracted light – has driven a spirit of inquiry and experimentation by Australian glass artists.

Ceramic dishes, bowls and bottles have been in continual use for centuries, with function generally dictating form in the design of practical vessels intended for daily use. Shapes for particular applications have evolved over time, and studio potters in Australia continue to explore a wide variety of styles and decorative elements.

Using their skills and knowledge, Australian glass and ceramic artists create distinctive personal languages filtered through their own experiences.


William Robinson, Painter, Australia b.1936 / Errol Barnes, Potter, Australia b.1941 / Forest encounter 1990

William Robinson, Painter, Australia b.1936 / Errol Barnes, Potter, Australia b.1941 / Forest encounter 1990 / White stoneware, wheelthrown, underglaze pigments, sprayed clear glaze, oxidised atmosphere to 1305 degrees Celsius / 37 x 27cm (diam.) / Purchased 1991. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

David Boyd, Potter, Australia 1924-2011 / Hermia Boyd, Decorator, Australia 1931-2000 / Candelabrum c.1957-58

David Boyd, Potter, Australia 1924-2011 / Hermia Boyd, Decorator, Australia 1931-2000 / Candelabrum c.1957-58 / Earthenware, wheelthrown and hand built with manganese glaze in three sections / 76 x 37cm (diam. complete) / Purchased 1994 with funds from Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Queensland Art Gallery.

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