Walter Auer

Under the Protector, 2021

30 cm
With Under the Protector, I investigate massive issues in our changing world. Many species are facing a constant struggle to remain afloat in an ever-expanding sea of extinction. I look at the dire and defenseless situations that many animals face to survive and not to become a distant memory in our minds.
Walter Auer (b. 1957, Campo Tures, Italy) studied ceramics at the State Institute of Arts in Faenza. After graduating with an Advanced Diploma, Auer worked with Chin Jukan in Miyama, Japan for one year as well as studying traditional wheel-forming with Ahmed Berktash, in Avanos,Turkey. He spent over two years in Asmara, Eritrea, to organize two ceramic training centres in Leper hospitals. In 1997 he settled in Sydney, where he began collaborating with Indigenous artists and Aboriginal communities in Australia. He has been teaching ceramics at TAFE since 2002 and is a part-time teacher at Northern Beaches and Gymea TAFE’s. Auer has shown in many solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, most notable, Hyperclay, a touring exhibition organized by Object Australian Centre for Craft and Design. Other exhibitions include The Great Leap: A Ceramic Revolution, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown (2013), Continuum, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly (2012), In Clay, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Australia (2011), Earth to From, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney (2009), Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2005), Biennale of Small Ceramics, Zagreb (1995) and Zugluft Open Air Sculpture Show, Campo Tures (1990). Auer has also participated in many international competitions and workshops such as Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2005 – 2016), Blacktown City Art Prize (2016), 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino (2017), International Snow Sculpture Competition, Quebec City (1994) 29th International Ceramic Competition Gualdo Tadino (1982) and International Ceramic Workshop, Warsaw (1998) and Gaya Ceramic Arts Centre, Bali (2015

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