Ceramics

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.



Spoehr 1-9 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr - Coalesce (1-9 in catalogue)
porcelain, ash glaze
(Picture Left to Right)

1. Pale chartreuse, straight sided tea cup 7.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

2. Pale chartreuse, rounded tea cup with bevelled foot 7.5 x 9 x 9 cm

3. Pale chartreuse, rounded tea bowl 7.5 x 11 x 11 cm

4. Pale chartreuse, handleless cup and saucer 9 x 15 x 15 cm

5. Pale chartreuse tea cannister with tiny shallow dish in lid 11.5 x 11 x 11 cm SOLD

6. Pale chartreuse farmers’ tea mug 7.5 x 12 x 9.5 cm

7. Pale chartreuse wide tea bowl with bevelled foot 7 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm - SOLD

8. Pale chartreuse wide-bottomed tea cup 7 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

9. Tiny pale chartreuse tea cup 5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm

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For Sale
Venables 10 - 14 2019
Prue Venables
Large yellow and white oval, yellow bottle, yellow canister with lid, pair of yellow jugs
limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired
*10. * Yellow canister with lid 16 x 11 x 11 cm

*11. * Large yellow and white oval 13.5 x 26 x 12.5 cm

*12. *Yellow bottle 17 x 9 x 7 cm

*13. *Yellow jug 9.5 x 8 x 5.5 cm

*14. *Yellow jug 9.5 x 8 x 5.5 cm

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For Sale
Venables 15-17 2019
Prue Venables
Prue Venables (15-17)
porcelain
*15. *Matt white bowl, 2018, Jingdezhen porcelain, thrown and turned, reduction fired, 12 x 22 x 22 cm

*16. *White oval jug, 2018, Jingdezhen porcelain, cast, 8 x 7.5 x 6 cm

*17. *Black pedestal bowl, 2019, Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired, 6 x 25 x 18.5 cm - SOLD

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Spoehr 18-19 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr 18 & 19
porcelain, ash glaze
18. Deep aubergine and green small bowl 7.5 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm

19. Small rounded yellow bowl with foot 6.5 x 14 x 14 cm

For Sale
For Sale
Venables 20-22 2019
Prue Venables
Oval yellow and white form, strainer and yellow bottle
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired
*20. *Oval yellow and white form, Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired, 18 x 19.5 x 10.5cm

*21. *White strainer with fine silver handle, Limoges porcelain, thrown and pierced, reduction fired, textured fine silver, 33 x 9.5 x 6 cm

*22. *Yellow bottle, Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired, 15 x 9 x 7.5 cm

For Sale
For Sale
Venables Black Pedestal Bowl 23 2019
Prue Venables
Black Pedestal Bowl (23 in catalogue)
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired
15 x 24.5 x 21.5 cm
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For Sale
Prue Venables
Black teapot, tea strainer and cups
Limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired
*24. *Black teapot, Limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired, 16 x 11 x 19 cm SOLD

*25. *Tea strainer, Jingdezhen porcelain, cast, reduction fired, textured fine silver, 24 x 9 x 6 cm SOLD

*26. *Black cup, Limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired, 9.5 x 11 x 8.5 cm SOLD

*27. *Black cup, Limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired, 7.5 x 11 x 8 cm SOLD

SOLD
SOLD
Spoehr 28-30 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr 28-30
porcelain, ash glaze
28. Pale chartreuse and blue deep bowl 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 10 x 17 x 17 cm

29. Small blue bowl 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 6 x 13 x 13 cm

30. Pale chartreuse billowing bowl with high foot 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 7 x 17 x 17 cm

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Spoehr 31 2019
Richard Spoehr
Pale chartreuse handle-less cup and saucer with high foot (31 in catalogue)
porcelain, ash glaze
31. Pale chartreuse handle-less cup and saucer with high foot
porcelain, ash glaze 9 x 14 x 14 cm

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Spoehr 32 & 33 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr (32 & 33 in catalogue)
porcelain, ash glaze
32. Warm grey ridged and rippling cup
porcelain, ash glaze 7.5 x 12 x 9.5 cm

33. Pale chartreuse cup and saucer with straight high foot
porcelain, ash glaze 9.5 x 16 x 16 cm

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Spoehr 34 & 35 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr (34 & 35 in catalogue)
porcelain, ash glaze
34. White ash and blue vessel
porcelain, ash glaze 16.5 x 11 x 11 cm - SOLD

35. Small white Ash and pale chartreuse bowl
porcelain, ash glaze 6.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm - SOLD

SOLD
SOLD
Spoehr 36 & 37 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr (36 & 37 in catalogue)
porcelain, ash glaze
34. White ash and blue vessel
porcelain, ash glaze 16.5 x 11 x 11 cm

35. Small white Ash and pale chartreuse bowl
porcelain, ash glaze 6.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

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For Sale
Venables 38 - 41 2019
Prue Venables
White lidded box, bottle, cups and strainer
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired
*38. *Lidded box, Limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired, 4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

*39. *White bottle, Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired, 18 x 9.5 x 7.5 cm

*40. *Pair of cups, Limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired, 6.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm each

*41. Strainer, Limoges porcelain, thrown, reduction fired, textured fine silver handle, 20 x 6 x 3 cm

For Sale
For Sale
Venables matt white bowl 2019
Prue Venables
Matt white bowl
Chinese porcelain, thrown and turned, reduction
12 x 19 x 19 cm
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For Sale
Venables 43 & 44 2019
Prue Venables
Black oval and black bottle
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired
*43. *Black oval
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired 16.5 x 16.5 x 17 cm SOLD

*44. *Black bottle
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired 20.5 x 11 x 8 cm SOLD

SOLD
SOLD
Venables Pair of white slippers 2019
Prue Venables
Pair of white slippers (45 in catalogue)
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, pierced, reduction fired
7 x 18 x 7 cm and 7.5 x 17.5 x 7 cm
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For Sale
Venables Black basket 46 2019
Prue Venables
Black basket (46 in catalogue)
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, pierced
15.5 x 23 x 17 cm
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For Sale
Venables White bowl on stem 47 2019
Prue Venables
White bowl on stem (47 in catalogue)
Jingdezhen porcelain, thrown and turned, reduction fired
11 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Venables Tall black pedestal bowl 48 2019
Prue Venables
Tall black pedestal bowl (48 in catalogue)
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired
16.5 x 15 x 11 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Spoehr Blue and yellow vessel with flared lip 49 2019
Richard Spoehr
Blue and yellow vessel with flared lip
porcelain, ash glaze
13.5 x 10 x 10 cm
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For Sale
Venables Small black pedestal bowl 50 2019
Prue Venables
Small black pedestal bowl
Limoges porcelain, thrown and altered, reduction fired
11.5 x 17 x 15 cm
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For Sale
Tiny blue flat-rimmed bowl 51 2019
Richard Spoehr
Tiny blue flat-rimmed bowl (51 in catalogue)
porcelain, ash glaze
4 x 15 x 15 cm
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For Sale
Spoehr Pale chartreuse shallow dish with foot 52 2019
Richard Spoehr
Pale chartreuse shallow dish with foot (52 in catalogue)
porcelain, ash glaze
6 x 17 x 17 cm
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For Sale
Spoehr 53 & 54 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr 53 & 54
porcelain, ash glaze
53. Pale chartreuse canister
porcelain, ash glaze 13.5 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm

54. Tiny pale chartreuse open-necked jug
porcelain, ash glaze 10 x 10 x 7 cm
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For Sale
Spoehr 55-60 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr 55-60
porcelain, ash glaze
55. Pale chartreuse drinking bowl, turned out lip 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 8 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

56. Pale chartreuse drinking bowl 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 7.5 x 9 x 9 cm

57. Pale chartreuse hourglass cup 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 9 x 12.5 x 10 cm SOLD

58. Pale chartreuse cup with bevelled middle 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 8 x 12 x 9 cm - SOLD

59. Blue cup with bevelled middle 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 7.5 x 12 x 9 cm

60. Blue ridged and rippling cup 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 9 x 11 x 9 cm SOLD

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Spoehr 61 & 62 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr 61 & 62
porcelain, ash glaze
61. Pale chartreuse handless, rounded cup 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 9.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

62. Blue bowl with ridged foot 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 6 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm

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For Sale
Spoehr 63 & 64 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr 63 & 64
porcelain, ash glaze
63. Pale chartreuse and blue handleless, rounded cup 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 8.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm

64. Pale chartreuse bowl with lip 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 6.5 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm

For Sale
For Sale
Spoehr 65 & 66 2019
Richard Spoehr
Richard Spoehr 65 & 66
porcelain, ash glaze
65. Pale chartreuse canister with pointed lid 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 12 x 11 x 11 cm SOLD

66. Tiny pale chartreuse bowl 2019
porcelain, ash glaze 5 x 9 x 9 cm

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For Sale