Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm still here....!!

Well my word its a been a while between posts! I've been a little blogged out and a little pre-occupied of late!! But i find myself sitting here with a rare few spare hours, and instead of flying down to the studio and madly trying to get some work done, I am going to put my feet up, drink a cup of tea and tell you about a few upcoming ceramicky things. 

Firstly, the ceramic world is all a-buzz here in Brisvegas right now.  It's been a while in the coming, and a lot of dedicated people have worked many long hours over many long years to make this happen.  The long-awaited shiny new Fusions gallery is finally opening this Friday night. Fusions (formerly known as the QLD Potters Association) has been advocating for ceramic artists in QLD, and now nationally, for over 40 years and the opening exhibition, SALUTE, is a celebration of that milestone and the launch of the new facility.  Curated by  Janet Mansfield (doyenne of the international ceramics world and founder and editor of the journal Ceramics Art and Perception) it showcases work by 100 Australian ceramic artists (including yours truly)...so it should provide an amazingly comprehensive cross-section of ceramics in this country (just don't make any sudden moves while you're in there)!! The opening event is this Friday night (corner of Brunswick and Malt St, Fortitude Valley) from 6-9pm and the exhibition runs until November 22nd. Should be a good shindig and a good opportunity to check out the redevelopment. 

And just to top off those heady ceramic vibes, "A Secret History of Blue and White" has just opened at Artisan.  I have been anticipating the arrival of this show for months and am chomping at the bit to get in there and see it! The show has been curated by Stephen Bowers and includes works by Stephen Benwell, Robin Best, Bronwyn Kemp, Vipoo Srivilasa and Gerry Wedd. Bound to be a goody! Exhibition runs until November 8th. 

And in case you were wondering why I haven't been regaling you with pictures and details of my trip to Hungary....it has unfortunately been postponed. So instead of swanning about eating goulash I have been playing in my garden (I have lettuce coming out of my ears right now!), pottering about in the studio and catching up on some much needed sleep! Which isn't such a bad alternative! 


Chooks'r'us said...

Oh how I wish I lived in Qld right now! And damn it, I was just up there for the first time in 10 years only two weeks ago. Both exhibitions will be fabulous - I worked with Janet Mansfield and she is an amazing woman! Was just talking today about how much she has done for Australian ceramics. The blue and white wear show too...gosh, might have to look for a cheap ticket and come back.

Mel Robson said...

Hay chooks r us! why not!! It's a nice time of year to be here! I better go check out your chooky blog as we are considering whether or not we want to get some chooks in our garden right now...how timely of you to leave a comment!

katiecrackernuts said...

The Secret History of Blue and White comes to our regional gallery straight after its been at Artisan. Have it marked to do a story on it for the local rag - I edit the entertainment and arts liftout. Looks soooo good. I envy you being at tomorrow night's show. Have fun. I've done stories on Janet when she was doing stuff out at Gulgong. I worked on the local rag at Mudgee for a couple of years.

Mel Robson said...

Hay katiecrackernuts (???!!)
enjoy the show...I went in this morning and had a look at it...fantastic...Robin Best's pieces are jaw droppingly beautiful.

pinholeman said...

sorry to hear that your trip was postponed. *sigh*

in the meantime, try this:


things here are ok... went with some (former) students out to the spiral jetty for a photo excursion. that was fun!

Amanda said...

OMG, I can't believe I haven't phoned and you were home all the time! Only 4 weeks to go and I'll be back in the real world again...book me in for a cuppa in early December.

Mel Robson said...