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now that’s starting
to change. And so
Joe Pascoe, chief
executive officer at
Victoria’s prestigious Craft Gallery, believes
ceramics – and crafts at large – is starting to
get the attention it deserves. “The important
intellectualism of the recent two decades had
inadvertently camouflaged the inherent
strengths of the scene. With the haze clearing,
it is apparent that craft media, such as ceramics,
have come back, or were perhaps never gone.
“The collector market has some fragile
strength, too, with a range of commercial
galleries braving their hands to show mature
ceramic work. This longevity is possibly
related to the long gestation period required
to become a major ceramicist like Bela Kotai.”
Adds Cher: “The ceramics scene in
Australia owes a lot to Bela. He’s encouraged
other potters to be more conceptual with clay.
It’s always a delight to see his work and I’m
sure he’ll keep surprising us with his inspired
methods and captivating designs.” I
Bela is represented by Yallingup Galleries
(08) 9755 2372, yallingupgalleries.com .au;
and Perth Galleries (08) 9433 4414. See his
Open Garden collaboration, September 25 to
October 31, at Mountolive Studio Gallery
Gardens, 610 Mons Road, Hovea. He will also
exhibit at his sister Eveline’s home gallery:
WGV at 48 Watkins Street, White Gum Valley,
(08) 9336 1397, December 5–12.
“It’s not an intellectual process. I feel it first, then I work through the
motions...” Artworks (from left): Blue Highways (Ben Joel Collection),
Mons People (Yallingup Gallery) and Near and Far (Trail Collection).
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