Creating space for collectible modern and antique porcelain was essentially the theme of last week's collaborative exhibition of my modern porcelain and antique English porcelain from Etruria Antiques Gallery. Our exhibition of porcelain was part of the Melbourne Antiques and Art Fair (read more here) and sparked a lot of interest at the Gala opening, and over the next few days…and I got to wear my sparkly black gown again 🙂
It was a wonderful way for collectors and porcelain enthusiasts to see an extended timeline of porcelain production, blending antique and contemporary forms and techniques in a complementary way. While my porcelain paintings are unique, conceptual and modern, they are still founded upon 20 years of studying art history (see art works inspired by baroque and renaissance artists), international travels to museums (read more here) and private study of European porcelain (read more here) all of which inspire and resonate through my work. This was a great opportunity to present diversity of art and collectibles, and enabled me to learn more about English porcelain from the expertise of Lee Bradshaw, owner of Etruria Antiques Gallery. I have some exciting news to share with you at the end of this post, after all the photos and stories- grab a cuppa 🙂 There were many highlights for me during this event, and I'll share my top five, in case you missed the posts on Facebook and Instagram.
- I was surrounded by beautiful porcelain and antique furnishings- what a perfect place to be!
While there are many perfect places I have been fortunate to create and exhibit at, this was another of them. Firstly, I was surrounded by the beautiful architecture and gardens of The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne. I started my first day with a walk through the beautiful gardens, thankfully it was one of Melbourne’s sunny mornings. I ate a lovely breakfast below the Regent Theatre at Frederics and enjoyed being in the moment and quietening myself before the long day ahead.
For three days I was involved in the exhibition and immersed in antique English furniture, pottery and soft paste porcelains by Wedgwood, Chelsea, Worcester just to name a few, and my new favourites basalt and some lovely work by Nantgarw Pottery all available at Etruria Gallery. Here are some of my favourites:
- Creating the space for modern and antique art
The opportunity to display my modern work in antique cabinets and with antique porcelain, created an interesting space and timeline of art. It was an amazing experience to have my work placed alongside another artist’s porcelain paintings from the past- that was a really special feeling as an artist and inspiring. I loved seeing the antique lusterware, especially an early cup and saucer with lustres by Wedgwood because I get to study the work close up and see the journey of another artist in time, and learn something new for my work.
- More than just porcelain…there was the harpsichord
I do love harpsichord music, and the highlight for me at the gala event was experiencing a live performance by Elizabeth Anderson at Etruria Antique Gallery’s stand. The harpsichord itself drew lots of attention throughout the exhibition, but more so when it was played, the ambiance was perfect. See this link to watch the video
We were also treated to the musical talents of the gallery’s owner Lee Bradshaw who played the harpsichord throughout the following days. I really enjoyed having live music play while talking about art- simply perfect. Please click this link to watch the video.
- Sharing my creativity to art and porcelain enthusiasts- I love talking about creative process and painting techniques!
Of course I love to talk about art and creativity! And I was able to share with many porcelain collectors and art enthusiasts about modern porcelain, my unique and labour intensive techniques I have developed over 20 years in luster painting, the types of paint used, and how I create my conceptual works to move them from functional or decorative items to art which has a voice.
Many viewers of the exhibition were interested to see how I applied my studies of traditional European painting methods, to modern works, either by design elements or certain techniques. In particular collectors of Fairyland lusterware were interested in seeing modern approaches to lusters; whereas for me, I was interested in seeing the beautiful lustre colours from the past which we no longer work with because of banning uranium for example, in some of our modern colours.
- Inspiration for new works
Any time I see art, or interiors or exhibitions, it is an opportunity for learning and creative thinking. Whether the pieces are to my liking or not, they are there to learn somethings from- whether it is the way I can connect to the work, the artist, understand colour or design and so on. In particular I was very inspired by the sleek black basalt sculptures are reliefs, and looking at the stories behind Fairyland lusterware. I will start researching more about these two styles of Englishware and see how I express them in my work- that will be interesting to see.
Lastly, the exciting news…
I really enjoyed my experience at this exhibition, and I want to thank Lee for inviting me to exhibit with him. I’m looking forward to collaborating again with Etruria Gallery at the Sydney Antiques and Art Fair in September 2016 (Read here for more details).
Also, I have a small collection of six of my modern porcelain paintings available at Etruria Antiques Gallery. If there are pieces from the Melbourne exhibition you would like to purchase, and they are not at the gallery, please contact them to arrange an appointment with the works subject to availability.
I hope you enjoyed sharing my experience at this event! I'd really appreciate it if you shared this post and left a comment below, it would be wonderful to hear what you think about the collaboration of antique and modern porcelain.
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