Today we present a look into our upcoming exhibition Relics Today, the gallery’s first exhibition focused entirely on sculptural objects and design pieces. Inspired by archaeology which relies on remnants of everyday objects to reveal the day-to-day lives of ancient civilisations, uncovering creativity, style and innovations.

Before the Opening Thursday, 12 July, we asked the eight Australian ceramicists a bit about their process, as we consider the style and function of objects within current contemporary domestic experiences.

Small New Observer VIII, in Glazed Ceramic by Peta Marie

Peta Armstrong:
Based in the Surfcoast Shire of Victoria, Peta Armstrong has established herself in the comfort of a purpose built backyard studio. From where in which she explores her keen interest in primitive art and natural landscapes, seen in her curious creations crafted from new hand-building techniques. Formally trained in traditional wheel throwing, Peta’s new pieces reflect a combined methodology, respecting traditional crafting with a fresh and inquisitive approach that activates a consistent perpetual cycle of exploration.

Sentinel W1 (left) B2 (right), Stoneware Sculpture by Ella Bendrups

Ella Bendrups:
Taking her cues from nature first and foremost, Ella Bendrups’ work finds a remarkable connection between the sculptural qualities of rocks, sand and earth weathered elements, provoking visual and intellectual stimulation. In a new collection for Relics Today, Ella finds inspiration from the landscapes of Mount Buffalo, where her process begins with sketches, later translated from paper to clay as she refines her designs into small maquettes or larger scale pieces. Using a combination of pinching, carving and slab building techniques in her practice to create functional and sculptural pieces with an organic feel.

Vessels by Dáša Ceramics (Hana Vasak)

Dáša Ceramics (Hana Vasak):
Hana Vasak, of Dáša Ceramics values the connection of using ones hands to create, making both object and craft a symbolic and ritualistic process. The pieces within this collection embrace both life and making. They employ the idea of chance and change through the shapes and forms, as well as the materiality where inspiration comes from functional object used in her everyday life. Cups and bowls, Hana says, have become almost ritualistic objects, and in her new collection an assemblage of ceramic forms merge as both functional and ornamental vessels.

Binnekamers (Inside Spaces), Mixed Material Sculpture by Hearth Collective (Alichia van Rhijn)

Hearth Collective (Alichia van Rhijn):
Multi-disciplinary creator, Alichia van Rhijn is a marker, teacher and artist of a small arts-based practice know as Hearth Collective. Working with mediums of ceramics, woodwork and metalware, Alicia takes a strong liking to items which are aesthetically pleasing, inspired by her immediate environments within both nature and architectural spaces. Her new work, Binnekamers (Inside Spaces), brings together a range of materials in geometric forms, to create a unique sculptural experience with city-like characteristics.

Sprouting Vase in Blush, Stoneware with Shino Glaze by Nicolette Johnson

Nicolette Johnson:
Describing her work as alienist civilisation artefacts, Nicolette Johnson works primarily in stoneware, using wheel throwing and hand-building techniques to create sculptures with modernist lines and colours to reimagine ancient forms. Each ceramic artwork explores elements of function and sculpture, hand-made and developed in small batches in her undercroft studio, beneath her Queenslander home.

Golden Boy, in Glazed Stoneware with Lustre by Tessy King

Tessy King:
Tessy King is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly with ceramics. Her current practice is largely focused on sculptural vessels, through which she examines the relationships of form and craft modalities, and the convergence of sculpture and domestic ware. The new selection of work from Tessy is embellished with layered glazes and metallic lustres, highlighting her experimental approach to object design.

Preview of new piece from Claudia Lau

Claudia Lau:
Taking an exploration into vessels, Claudia Lau challenges the aesthetic values and obvious functions of a piece. Physically and conceptually expanding her practice through combinations and adaptations in the structure of a vessel. Favouring a philosophy for creating sculptural and elegant artefacts that exist somewhere between modern culture and the natural world. By challenging traditional potters wheel techniques to present a contemporary adaptation of the ceramic craft.

Glazed Ceramics by Zhu Ohmu

Zhu Ohmu:
New Zealand born, Melbourne based Rose Wei makes ceramics under the pseudonym Zhu Ohmu. Inspired by a passion for the environment, Rose creates organic, almost amoebic vessels entirely by hand. Mimicking the rise in popular 3D printed ceramics, she mounds coils on-top of each other, stacking, pressing, pulling and folding the clay body where a machine could not. Exploring the form and intuitive ebbs and flows in the manner of which her pieces are structurally built.

Join us to see the artists new works in Relics Today at Modern Times.

6-8pm, Thursday 12th July 2018

Exhibition Dates
12-25th July 2018

Artist Talk
10am Saturday 14th July, with Modern Times Gallery Curator, Irina Asriian.

Download the Catalogue here.

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