Greg Piper in conjunction with the Kerrie Lowe Gallery is honoured to present an exhibition representing a tidal change within the ceramics community. This photographic print exhibition is an edited archive of foreign and Australian ceramicists who gathered and demonstrated their skills at the clay festival - CLAY PUSH: Gulgong, (NSW, 2013). To this day, these images engender the energy and camaraderie generated by these events, empowering all those who attend.
“There is a special property of clay that has not been described in ceramic art hand books – that of bonding people together” - (Todd) Tok Yu Xiang, presenter.
“I travelled far, across deserts and vast plains until eventually I came upon a curious magical place – a town full of potters who only wanted to talk about clay and make things out of it”
- Jeff Mincham, master potter
The subjects of the photographs were invited to this event to participate and also to celebrate the life of Janet Mansfield O.A.M - an Australian icon within the global ceramic community. Mansfield’s clay festival is located in mid northwest NSW and subsequently continues in the capable hands of family members. Some artists to this day reside in the renowned surrounding foothills, due to the special attributes of the clay found in this region.
Prior to the photo session, I requested that each person bring an element or tool representing an aspect of the construction of their own artwork. All came not only with an object, but with inspiration to the sitting.
These artisans are at the forefront of a global wave of makers that are reconnecting with a public who have rediscovered the true value of possessing original works.
The HEADoN Photo Festival provides an opportunity to revisit this archive of images representing this movement with the focus on woodfired ceramics within the Australian arts community.
We anticipate that you will appreciate these images in conjunction with this genre of ceramic artwork and their connectivity at a time of artistic transition in 2017.
My goal as an image maker is to cause the viewer to think beyond the obvious and perceive things that are seldom observed or even discussed. Via a combination of artistic tools, I solicit a narrative that is hopefully unique in some small way, yet poignant; images to stimulate the viewer by their presence of mind.