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.
"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
"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."
"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
"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."
"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.”
Image: The Epic Migration of the Arctic Tern Platter 2017
"I like the thickness and the fluid moving pattern as well as the palette chosen, the craftsmanship and the execution."
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Cups - This group of cups explores glaze, different bodies and is a display of playful exploring."
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.