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New Assemblage: Faux Pas

06 October - 22 October

Faux Pas, an exhibition hosted by New Assemblage consists of finely crafted objects by designers,artists and makers from
across Australia as part of the Craft Contemporary Satellite Program 2021. Exhibition works span an array of disciplines
including, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glasswork and textiles.

Exhibited works question convention in practice, material or result. In order to disrupt the notions upon which the common
ideology of good and bad taste is formed.

About the Work

For centuries ceramic craft has been entangled with functional expectations. Still to this day, many perceive ceramic works as a lesser form if they do not contain handles, a watertight body or have a specific and obvious use. By disrupting the notion that ceramics must be functional objects, we allow a space to explore and expand our knowledge of the craft. Art forms no longer must have a practical purpose in order to be deemed valuable.

By rejecting the fundamental elements of a vase, the Butter Vase Series playfully captures the eye of the beholder and questions, what makes a vessel a vase? The series systematically repels typical traditional components including protruding handles, smooth streamline forms, neutral colour tones, and gloss glaze interiors that are expected in ceramic craft. By maintaining fragments of traditional elements such as a flared top and hollowed shell, the Butter Vase Series has an ambiguous, alluring nature that stays open to interpretation.