The 2017 Siliceous Ceramic Art Award Winners

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The 2017 Siliceous competition featured a very high standard of entries. Competition judge Greg Daly said that choosing the winner was particularly difficult when such a high level of craft and art were on display from so many of the entries. Greg's notes on the winners have been edited by Fran Smith.

Winner

Mollie Bosworth

"Mollie understands her materials in throwing, and decoration placement. She has been able to create visual movement across, within and without the form through colour, pattern and form. Mollie has understood all this and taken it further."

Contemporary studio porcelain is the main focus of Mollie Bosworth’s current arts practice. Mollie uses wheel throwing and hand building techniques to form a unique range of ceramic work with a focus on translucency, surface and print. Mollie is based in Kuranda, North Queensland and enjoys producing work for retail and exhibitions. Her work is available at selected outlets throughout Australia.

Visit Mollie Bosworth's website: http://www.visualartist.info/molliebosworth

Highly Commended

Bill Powell

"Look at the full form of this thrown piece, like a balloon that can't have another breath added. Look at the negative space around and how it occupies the space. Look at the rhythm of the expanded decorative texture."
Artist Statement
"As a Queenslander I find myself at odds with our current leaders and decision makers  regarding coal mining in our State. At a time  of rampant climate change , to advocate for  the commencement of the biggest open cut  mine in the world , is completely irresponsible and foolish in the least. It leaves me deeply  saddened. This piece is my response."
Bill's entry (pictured on the right), "Galilee Depression" is an example of Bill's recent work which is a new direction explored during his Artist in Residency at Vallauris in France. Red Hill Gallery in Brisbane recently showcased Bill's latest work in and exhibition titled "Stretching Potential."
You can visit Bill Powell's website at: http://www.billpowell.com.au/index.html
Image: Manganese saturated stoneware with porcelain slip and clear glaze 38cm ht. 2017

Shannon Garson

"Be drawn to look closer, look for the barnacle, the technical ability is very evident in this piece. There is an understanding of the firing process as well as environmental ideas being explored and developed." 
Artist Statement
"I want the surface of the pot to be part of the drawing, not just a surface for the drawing to sit on. I want the whole pot to be experienced, from the weight of it as you pick it up, the texture, the drawing, colour, smoothness of the glaze, all the elements draw the viewer into experiencing the vessel.” 
Visit Shannon's website at: http://shannongarsonporcelain.com.au/
Image: The Epic Migration of the Arctic Tern Platter 2017

Anne Mossman

"I like the thickness and the fluid moving pattern as well as the palette chosen, the craftsmanship and the execution."
 
Artist Statement
Anne  Mossman’s  studio  is  in  the  hinterland  of  Currumbin,  Gold  Coast,  Australia where  she  has developed  a  large  garden  that  inspires  and  in forms  her  visual interests.Anne creates collections of polished porcelain vessels. 
 
Her  most  current  work  continues  with  her interest  in  the  technique  of laminating coloured clays – nerikomi – to  form  symmetrical  or asymmetrical  patterns  that  are then incorporated into slip cast or hand built vessels.
All the vessels are finished with a polished, marble like finish. This  work  is  the  outcome  of  joining  coloured porcelain  pieces  in  a planned  pattern reflecting the randomness of the botanical environment.
 
Visit Ann Mossman's website: http://annemossman.com/
 
 

Tatsuya Tsutsui

Quietly understated work that commands a presence. This is a confidently thrown vase with a glaze that glows. There is an understated etched surface with a hint of tones in green. When you look closely you see traces of decoration as it disappears into the surface of the glaze.

Commended

Carol Forster

I can see the future direction where this piece stars and could go. There is movement of the 3d wave and shells in suspension within.
 
Artist Statement
A Walk By The Sea
My day often begins with a walk by the sea.  Whilst beachcombing, I find seashells of varying shapes, sizes and textures which have been washed up onto the beach.
 
I have chosen to make this piece in Porcelain as the term porcelain derives from the old Italian name for the cowrie shell (porcellana) due to its similar appearance. The white sandy beach is also reflected in this medium.
 
Visit Carol Forster's website at: http://carolforster.weebly.com/

Laura Phillips

"Cups - This group of cups explores glaze, different bodies and is a display of playful exploring."
 
Artist Statement
In the late 80’s I became known for painting flowers and small whimsical faces but after moving to live in the country in 1996 my work changed markedly. 
 
In my work, I pay homage to and honour this wonderful planet which sustains us all and which, sadly, we often take for granted. I wish to remind people not to ignore the beauty and life-restoring nature of this magnificent and majestic world we live in.
 
Visit Laura Phillips' website: http://lauraaphillips.com/about/