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About the Exhibition

Clay: Collected Ceramics
Museum of Brisbane
13 May–22 October 2023

Clay: Collected Ceramics is a celebration of ceramics combining works from Museum of Brisbane’s Collection and Kylie Johnson’s personal collection. It is accompanied by Commune, a display of single pieces contributed by more than 300 makers responding to MoB’s largest community callout to date.

With pieces spanning 60 years of creativity, including fresh works never before displayed, Clay sparks a conversation about the relationship between potters and their visions. From functional wares of the 1970s to conceptual creations by iconoclastic makers of today, this exhibition will speak of the meaningful processes of making and collecting.

The many highlights of Clay include a bold grouping selected from the MoB Collection to represent the many shades of brown, featuring works by ten renowned makers including Carl McConnell, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Milton Moon, Lyndal Moor and Kevin Grealy. In stunning contrast are newly commissioned and acquired pieces by diverse contemporary makers Bonnie Hislop, Nicolette Johnson, Jane du Rand, Kenji Uranishi and Steph Woods. Flowing throughout is an evolving performative installation by Artist in Residence Jody Rallah. A generous array of objects gleaned from years of collecting speaks of the life of Kylie Johnson, author, poet, traveller and founder of Brisbane treasure-trove, paper boat press. A film commissioned for the exhibition insinuates the viewer into intimate spaces of ceramics themselves. Woven throughout are many makers’ ruminations on how they lost their hearts to this most elementary, seductive material.

About the Work

Continuum 1-10 2022
by Steph Woods (b. 1997)
[paper clay and matt glaze]
Collection of Museum of Brisbane

The eleven elements of Continuum 1-10 are intended to reflect Steph Woods’s process.
Each object stands alone, but is also integral to the group, the sphere indicative of the
‘rolling’ nature of the works as one piece relates to, morphs and develops into the next.