Clay Dynasty: 50 Years of Australian Studio Ceramics

‘Clay Dynasty’ celebrates five decades of Australian studio ceramics from the 1960s to now with a spectacular display of over 450 pieces by 160 artists drawn from the Powerhouse collection plus 70 new commissions and acquisitions.

‘Clay Dynasty’ offers new perspectives by displaying ceramics of the crafts movement alongside postmodern and contemporary artworks of today. Distinctively Australian works complement those inspired by other cultural traditions, bold forms contrast with meditative objects and fine porcelain.

Highlights include the iconic the Blue Holden ceramic car by Margaret Dodd, which feminised the macho FJ Holden of the 1970s, alongside more recent works from Penny Evans, Peter Cooley, Juz Kitson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Kenji Uranishi and Carlene Thompson, to name a few, as well as some of the earliest pottery made by Australian Indigenous makers in 1968–74 at the Bagot pottery in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Carlene Thompson, three vases Kalaya Ngura (Emu Country), 2020 stoneware with sgraffito decoration. Pukatja, APY Lands / Adelaide, South Australia. Courtesy the artist and Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Powerhouse Museum
11 October 2021 to 29 January 2023

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