Category Archives: Ceramics

From Brides and Skates | To Statues and Fridges

Famous Melbourne born artist, Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd, AC, OBE, was born on 24th July, 1920, at the family house ‘Open Country‘, in Murrumbeena, in Victoria. Arthur Boyd was the second child of William Merric Boyd, a potter, and his … Continue reading

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Hell and the Journey of the Magi

The Florence Baptistery, (Baptistery of Saint John or the Battistero di San Giovanni), is considered a minor basilica in Florence, Italy.  The octagonal building stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza San Giovanni, across from the Florence … Continue reading

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A Hint in Sinton Art

  Textile pieces featured above: White, Black and Red Containers (Mixed paper, abaca, bamboo skewer, black paint 6.5″ x 7.5″); Square Collage Container (Asian paper, printed paper, gloss medium 5″ x 4.5″) Sheep Collage (Fleece, woven fragments 30″ high x … Continue reading

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Heads Will Roll…

Here is a “Heads Up” on three different artists who have headed-up in the name of art. Sarah McConnell ‘Dropped Heads‘ (2008) [Ceramic 140 x 80 x 18 cm overall] from Access Gallery exhibition, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre in … Continue reading

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You Must Be An Angel | I Can See It In Your Eyes

Deborah Halpern (born in Melbourne in 1957) is a public art sculptor, mosaicist and ceramic artist. Halpern lectures and conducts workshops in ceramics in Melbourne. Her parents Sylvia and Arthur Halpern, were ceramists and artists and two of the founding … Continue reading

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A tureen to help store your emotional cabbage?

Above: Cabbage Tureen by Paul-Antoine Hannong, from Hannong Factory Strasbourg, Alsace, France (ca 1754-1762) – Faience earthenware (tin-glazed), 21.2 × 34.6 × 33.1 cm (Collection of National Gallery of Victoria, International). Faience (tin-glazed earthenware) and porcelain were the principal products of the … Continue reading

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Viva Vivat Bohmen

Above: Vivat Bohmen cup and saucer, supposedly the oldest surviving Bohemian porcelain from  Klášterec nad Ohří (1794). The cup measures 5.6 cm high. Klášterec nad Ohří, was a Bohemian factory founded in 1793, by Mikuláš (Johann Nicolaus) Weber with support from … Continue reading

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Try Your Luck and Maybe Spend a Buck at the Fryerstown Antique Fair

Fryerstown Antique Fair will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in 2017. It is held on the surrounding days of the Australia Day holiday on January 25th each year. The popular annual event has grown from strength to strength each year and … Continue reading

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The barbaric and magical Eidos of Barbara Hepworth

English artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth was born on 10th January, 1903 in Wakefield, West Riding, Yorks.  She attended Wakefield Girls’ High School and won a scholarship in 1920 to Leeds School of Art. It was there that she met and established a friendship … Continue reading

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Bring a plate

A tip for young players – “Bring a plate” is a term which is often used to party invitees. It’s a form of entertaining where costs and provisions are shared by all invited guests. You bring a plate of savoury … Continue reading

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Looks like an itsy-witsy teeny-weeny bikini to me

I remember my mother telling me that the swimwear costume word known as”bikini” stemmed from the Bikini Islands, an atoll belonging to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean (which was also the backdrop for a set of nuclear test … Continue reading

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The Seedlings of Nature

Fiona Murphy is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist and ceramicist.  She graduated with a Dip. Art & Design (1980); Grad. Dip. Fine Art (1985); Grad. Dip. Ed. (1993) and Master of Fine Art (2007) from Monash University, Melbourne. She was the … Continue reading

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The storm in a teacup which brewed in Portmeirion

Portmeirion as a town, is a tourist village located in the community of Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, south-east of Porthmadog, in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was once the film set for the 1966-67 British cult surreal … Continue reading

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A Tiffany lamp? – How Clara is that?

American artist and decorative arts designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany was born 166 years ago on February 18, 1848. A member of the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic art movements, he was best known for his design work in stained glass including … Continue reading

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Where’s the hold up?

When I saw this particular lampshade at the B&B in Ireland, I was “gob-smacked”. I had never seen anything like this before. “Kitsch” is a word that immediately comes to mind, but it is “so bad – it is cool” … Continue reading

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