This is an email update from Chinaclay in Clovelly. A dedicated space for beautiful handmade Australian ceramics.
Alana Wilson arranging her work series 'ODE' and 'PAVILIONS' in the Chinaclay window

JUNE 2014 - Alana Wilson Exhibition & Chinaclay is 1

Hi there,

I invite you to join me for an Exhibition Closing and a celebration. Next weekend on Saturday 21 June from 3-5pm, Chinaclay will CELEBRATE its one year anniversary along with the extraordinary work of emerging artist ALANA WILSON.

It's hard to believe a year can feel like a week, but it does. This anniversary coincides with the shortest day of the year, a turning point in the calendar - which was how I felt when I opened Chinaclay. Everyday since then has continued to get brighter. From starting out with the idea of a store, Chinaclay has become more like a gallery with a beautifully diverse range of work from a growing number of potters and artists working in clay from around Australia. And there is an expanding plan for more regular exhibitions in 2014 which I'm very excited about.

I'm also delighted to have ALANA WILSON's work on display in the Chinaclay window as the focus point of the 1 year celebration. Alana is a Sydney based ceramic artist who graduated with honors from the National Art School in 2012. Her work evokes the feeling of another time with references to Ancient and Neolithic vessels. Her sense of form, combined with intense surface textures and calm tones, is expressive, sculptural and contemporary. See below for more information about her work.

Thank you so much for your interest and support.

So please join us next Saturday for a glass of vino.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Best wishes, Cath Fogarty 40 Burnie St, Clovelly 2031 NSW
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Ode and Pavilion Series
Closing Saturday 21 June 3-5pm

The work of Alana Wilson will be on display in the Chinaclay window until Sunday 22 June. The display consists of two series; Pavilion and Ode.

The 'Pavilion' vessels explore a sense of brutalism and robust-ness, especially through the thoroughly worked surfaces of the works.  References include the work of ceramicist Peter Voulkos, sculptor Sean Brian-McDonald, mid-century architecture by Mies van der Rohe and quarried stone. Many of these pieces have been fired multiple times to decay and destroy the surface as much as possible.
The 'Ode' vessels sit together like a small army, born primarily as an ode to the light and loose sketches of Cy Twombly.  Small additions of handles and lugs, engulfed by the glaze in the kiln, reference ancient Greek Amphorae discovered through marine archaeology.

Alana says of her work: I am constantly exploring and attempting to harmonise the opposing aesthetics of primitive, rough and raw with subtle, composed and contemporary. The materiality of the surface and the technology behind the glazing are the primary focus when making each vessel. The forms consistently reference Primitive, Ancient and Neolithic cultures, mostly drawn from utilitarian vessels that have obtained a material and objective status throughout history . It is this consolidation of glaze technology with both primitive and contemporary aesthetics that drives my studio practice and evolves with each body of work.
Working with Clay
6 Wednesdays from 23 July - 20 August

Cath Fogarty is again offering classes - Handbuilding With Clay in May 2014. They are general classes, suitable for beginners and people wanting to extend their skills. The classes aim to build your clay handling techniques through some short projects.  Class sizes are small, between 4-6 people and run for 6 weeks. The classes are held at Claypool in Erskineville. To find out more information or register your interest, contact Cath on or call 0427 904407.
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