Kirsty Collins (SOLD)

Black & White Ikebana vases, monumental and small, 2021

19 cm
These are the black and white configurations in my Ikebana vase series. The monumental size and small size.
I'm a ceramicist that slip-casts vessels and hand-builds sculptures. Using craft and art processes and thinking, I test the limits of gravity, colour and texture in complex ceramic forms. I joyfully celebrate the sensuality of clay, glaze chemicals, airbrushing, experimental slips, terra‐sigillata’s and textured glazes, while also interrogating the “loaded” context of ‘landscape’ in Australia.
My new vessels, Nouveau and Ikebana, and my hand-built sculptures are a result of 3 years of research in developing my underglaze recipes, airbrushing techniques and glaze recipes.
I graduated, May 2021, with the Advanced Diploma of Ceramics at NSW TAFE in Gymea, 2020, which had been challenging during the pandemic. Despite this, I was able to co-curate a successful graduate exhibition at Hazelhurst Art Centre in May 2021, where we all sold work. In December 2020 I completed the TAFE Advanced Diploma in Ceramics and was awarded a Statement of Excellence, I’ve also two sculptures that were selected as finalists in the NSW, 2020 Fishers Ghost Art Award. I and was a finalist with two sculptures in the Victorian 2020 Klytie Pate biennale ceramics award, (exhibition in 2021). I received the highly commended award in the Rookwood Sculpture Prize in 2016. Group exhibition, Emotional Ceramics, this year 2021 at Kudos Gallery is postponed/cancelled. Education: NSW TAFE, Advanced Diploma, Ceramics 2019‐2020-21, NSW TAFE, Ceramics Diploma 2yrs PT, 2017‐ 2018 USYD SCA, Masters of Fine Arts, Electronic and Temporal Art, 2yr, 2003 UNSW COFA, Bachelor of Fine Art, 1993. Interactive Design, 1999, Exhibitions: 2021, graduate show at Hazlehurst Art Centre, Broadhurst Gallery, May, 4 graduates 2021, Finalist with two sculptures in the Victorian 2020 Klytie Pate biennale ceramics award 2020, Finalist in the Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre, Contemporary and Open sections 2020, Sydney Craft Week, curated and exhibited in group ceramics show, Reductive/Additive, 7 artists 2019, “A Fresh Perspective”, Exhibition at Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, April ‐ May, Sydney, a group show of select recent ceramic graduates of Sydney 2018, “Kindred” exhibition, at Yellow Dot Art Gallery, 5 ceramic artists; Dianne Brock, Sarah O’Sullivan, Bree Cribbin, Kirsty Collins, Cassy O’Connor, Feb – March, Erskineville, Sydney References: – Christene Casali, and Marian Howell, headteachers at NSW TAFE Ceramics Design Studio, Gymea
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