Kristin Burgham

Night and Day, 2021

60 cm
Industrial ceramic production methods inform my practice. Working with found objects allows me to consider the production process of anonymous makers. I map the objects and create plaster moulds lined with scars and junctions. Using porcelain clay and colour I can build a new narrative. Night and Day reflects a merging of two extremes. As my community shuts down for weeks and months it is hard to know one day from the next. Details dissipate and a sense of lost days and foggy memories set in. Night and Day is a landscape of objects that revealed itself after the high firing process when the porcelain vitrified. My found objects are returned to the site of discovery and plaster moulds have a limited life span.
Kristin Burgham is a Melbourne based ceramicist working with industrial ceramic production processes and found objects. Burgham works with discarded objects to explore and build on the narrative of both the abandoned object and evidence of its maker. Her hand built porcelain assemblages are imbued with colour, scale and memory. Her works acknowledge and reflect on industry and its social history. Kristin Burgham has studied ceramics in Australia and Hong Kong and her work has been acquired by two major art institutions in Victoria for their public collections. She completed a BFA at RMIT in 2019 and won the RMIT Ceramics Association judges choice award in 2019. She had her first solo exhibition in 2021.

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