Richard Spoehr & Prue Venables
20 August - 21 September 2019
Delight in the combination of aesthetic innovation and balanced form in the new ceramics of RICHARD SPOEHR and PRUE VENABLES.
Working fine high-fired porcelain, RICHARD SPOEHR creates beautifully thrown bowls, vases, jugs and cups that almost float with the luminous and translucent light gradations that his glazes inspire. Carefully considered, there is a quiet stillness within the soft blue and yellow palette that shifts in tone with the changing natural light of the day. The classic, balanced silhouette of each bowl and cup in this series of work is intrinsic to his endeavour for beauty.
Exploring the potential of dark satin textures PRUE VENABLES’ process results in softened forms and edges defined by elegant, simple cuts. Refraining from decorative elements, the works are minimalist in temperament and form, aligning with modernist and industrial influences. With bisque and high temperature reduction firing the fragile designs are fortified into dense forms that maintain the delicacy of line and smooth texture.
VENABLES is currently the ninth artist in the Australian Design Centre's (ADC) series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft. Open until 25 September at ADC, VENABLE’s work will then travel as a national touring exhibition opening at fourteen locations across Australia from 2019 to 2022. Accompanying the exhibition is a book that provides an in-depth insight into VENABLES’ life and work, and includes essays by UK-based potter and writer Alison Britton and Australian ceramicist Neville French.
Across the work of SPOEHR and VENABLES is a celebration of everyday objects. The artists successfully create works that appear deceptively simple, however these are mastered processes. With an eye for balance, the ceramics are distilled with a minimal palette, yet excitingly push and elevate the functional forms to another level of distinctive refinement and poise.