Informed by my background in graphic design and interest in modern architecture, my ceramic sculpture, ‘Equilibrium’ comprises of slab-built geometric forms and was created with a colour palette of two unglazed clays, highlighting the simplicity and minimal aesthetic of each form.
‘Equilibrium’ contains multiple elements with many arrangement possibilities. I enjoy repositioning these elements, allowing the changing dynamics to unfold, until I reach an arrangement that I find harmonious and balanced. Not dissimilar to my own search for stability and contentment in my life. Further connections are made using delicate inlayed lines, threading one form to the next.
Debbey Watson came to ceramics from a background in graphic design, working across Sydney, Canberra and London. The connecting point has been a fascination with material and form and has emerged into a rigorous sculptural ceramic practice. In 2017 she graduated from the National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Her ceramic series, ‘Ruminations’ was awarded Highly Commended at the Blacktown City Art Prize in 2020 and was selected as a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 20th Anniversary (exhibition postponed) and the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. The ‘Ruminations’ series features open and closed forms with linear connections providing a geometric interpretation of social interactions. Also in 2020, Watson was awarded 2nd Prize at the Little Things Art Prize (ceramics) and a finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize. In 2019 she was a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize.
In 2018 Watson attended a ceramic residency in Rome, producing a body of work, ‘Floor Rising’, inspired by the mosaic floors of Byzantine churches. She has exhibited in Rome, Sydney, Melbourne, and metropolitan galleries in group exhibitions. She is working towards a new body of work, which incorporates carving into the ceramic forms, and will be exhibited at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore NSW in November 2021.