Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Klytie Pate.

Klytie pate was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1912. In the 1930's she attended the National Gallery School and studied drawing. Following this she attended the Melbourne technical College (now RMIT University) and studied Sculpture and modelling for five years. From 1937 - 1945 she was a pottery instructor at the College. Following 1945 she became a full-time professional potter.
Klytie Pate exhibited regularly until her last exhibition at Distelfink Gallery, Armadale, VIC.
Source: NGV.

Some of Klytie' work is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

John Perceval.

John Perceval
Australia 1923-2000
"Two Angels"
1961 Murrumbeena, Melbourne.

Primarily a painter, Perceval also threw and modelled clay. Starting with gnome and elfin figures, culminating with his "angel" series. These are amongst the last, finishing in 1961.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Wedgwood, Jasper body.

Glenys Barton - Designer

I thoroughly enjoyed the NGV, Wedgwood talks over the last two Saturday's. Apparently it's not just blue Jasper ware.
Josiah Wedgwood established Wedgwood in 1759. So this year celebrates its 250th anniversary. To commemorate that milestone, the National Gallery of Victoria is displaying over 70 works from its own Wedgwood holdings; one of the world's best collections of Wedgwood.

Where: NGV International
Date: 1 Sep 2009-30 Sep 2010
Cost: Free

NGV International' website, click here.

Wikipedia article on Wedgwood, click here.

The Wedgwood Museum website, click here.

The "Officicial Wedgwood store" website, click (don't mind at all if you want to buy something for me) here.
Also at the wedgwood website:

Sunday, September 27, 2009


I've been in Melbourne, but missed the Footy. It's the best time of year to get around town and see things. Although not the best Melbourne Spring weather yesterday, the fact that almost everyone was either in front of a TV or at the "G" meant getting around was a breeze. Melbourne was almost like a ghost town from 2PM Then at about 4, I made my dash for the Calder Freeway and home, before the mob took over town again. On the horizon in the direction of home were some very heavy rain clouds. Could not think of anything worse than 2 hours driving in rain with Commodores constantly overtaking and throwing more water on the windscreen. That was my trip down on Friday.

Pictured above is Eureka tower an intriguing building, different from every angle, Some really ugly some stunning. I think I found my favourite angle the other week. From Southbank you can view it between two buildings at it's narrowest. Though it's too close for my 50mm lens to capture. I'll take my little Canon Ixus next time, That fits in almost everything (though the downside is the lines get distorted)

Friday, September 18, 2009

NGV Talks: The Wedgwood 250th Anniversary.

Lecture Series: The Wedgwood 250th Anniversary
Sat 19 & 26 Sep, 10.30am–12pm NGV International

"This year we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the ceramic firm of Wedgwood by Josiah Wedgwood. The NGV has a substantial holding of Wedgwood ceramics and celebrates with a seminar over two weekends."

Sat 19 Sep Wedgwood in the Early 20th Century: Keith Murray, Eric Ravillious & Arnold Machin
Speaker Amanda Dunsmore, Curator, International Antiquities & Decorative Arts, NGV
From Pottery to Porcelain – An 18th Century Transition Speaker Dr Matthew Martin, Assistant Curator, International Antiquities & Decorative Art, NGV

Sat 26 Sep Beyond Neo-Classical-Style & Design
Speaker Robyn Ives, Wedgwood Society of Australia, Melbourne
Wedgwood at the International Exhibitions Speaker Dr Robert Wilson, Program Coordinator, NGV
Cost per morning $20 Adult / $14 NGV Member / $16 Concession / $12 Student

Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International

Click here for link and scroll down page.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bruce Armstrong & Geoffrey Bartlett.

Bruce Armstrong & Geoffrey Bartlett.
Constellation 1997
Geoffrey Bartlett and Bruce Armstrong
timber, copper, stainless steel
five elements, each approx 500 x 250 x 400 cm
collection of City of Melbourne, Yarra Turning Basin.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bruce Armstrong.

My favourite sculpture!
This is what statues should be. Not dictators trying to feel self important.
Situated between Melbourne' Southern Cross Station, and the new Docklands precinct.

Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso
Spain/france 1881-1973
Madoura, Vallauris manufacturer
France est. 1938

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hanging rock.

I've been passing Hanging rock on my way to and from Melbourne for a few years now. On my way back from Melbourne today I thought it was about time I took a closer look.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Porcelain bowls.

2 little porcelain bowls. The logo on the front bowl is a rectangle with a circle towards the bottom. Similar to a waste high wheel that I first threw on. So, that's the symbolism for the logo.
I tend to apply it to pieces that need just a little embellishment to the surface. Or if I can't stamp my name on the base.