Today we’re turning a spotlight on the artists, in a new curation of features we will be running – focusing on different types of artists in each write up.
We’re exposed to so many incredible artists throughout our sourcing journey when working on projects and know there are sooo many out there who need to be recognised! So today we’ll be sharing a list of incredible emerging ceramic artists, all based in Australia and all with their own distinct style and artistic offering.
So if you’ve been in need of a new ceramic vase, or a unique sculptural element for your space – this is the line up for you!
Australian contemporary ceramic artist, Stephanie Woods is becoming known for her bright and quirky ceramic vessels. In her practice, she explores ‘the expectations entwined with ceramics by opposing or exaggerating them through themes of reflection, functionality, and form’. Sculpting creative and repetitive patterns with the use of her fingers, Steph’s work is both eye catching and interestingly tactile.
Through the injection of bold colours and extreme textures, the artist is able to encapsulate playful motifs and an ‘other worldly’ sense of fun and imagination. Steph works from her home studio here in Brisbane, and has had various collaboration and showcase opportunities from the likes of the National Gallery of Victoria, Craft Victoria, 1000 Vases, Boom Gallery and Jardan since starting her art practice in 2017.
The emerging creative graduated from her Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT with a love for hand building and natural clay tones. Jess’s bulge pieces have become a real signature of hers, with a soft organic form that seem to be folding and overflowing on top of themselves – almost reminiscent of a human form. Her work focuses on creating both functional and sculptural pieces, ranging from simple, speckled cups, bowls and vases, to her more sculptural pieces and notable bulge vessels
It was these unique creations that earned Jess a spot in Craft Victoria’s annual Fresh! Awards, where she took home two prizes – The Design Files ‘Emerging Maker Award’ and ‘The John Wardle Architects Craft Prize’
Available via her website.
Based in Melbourne, ceramic artist Lucy Tolan embraces repetitive patterns and bold colours in her sculptural pieces. Her work is inspired by modernist architecture, landscapes and the qualities of textiles – combining hard and soft through techniques that juxtapose both tension and harmony. Her hand built works use a pinch and slab method to create her recognisable quilted looking vases with their rumpled surfaces and exposed ‘stitched’ seams.
Lucy’s work has been building lots of momentum recently, with quite the list of stockists including Jardan, Modern Times, Boom Gallery, Craft Victoria and SUKU Home.
Melbourne based visual artist, Belinda Wiltshire works mainly as an oil painter and ceramicist. After her recent move into a new ceramics studio in Preston, she is creating her special one-of-a-kind pieces with careful craftsmanship and unique avant-garde influences.
Belinda’s work is visually striking through her use of bold lines and geometric shapes. Directly inspired by Bauhaus designer and artist Oskar Schlemmer, who created similar forms for his ballet back in 1922 – which are perfectly translated into her sculptural and striped vessels!