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Graduate exhibition delivers a fresh perspective

BY Alice Dalley | 24-May-2021
A dynamic exhibition of contemporary ceramic works by TAFE NSW graduates is being held at the influential Kerrie Lowe Gallery in Newtown.
Graduate exhibition delivers a fresh perspective
Ceramics by Serena Owen
The exhibition, entitled “A Fresh Perspective” showcases ceramics by graduating Diploma and Advanced Diploma students from TAFE NSW Gymea, Hornsby and Northern Beaches.

The ceramics industry is on fire with domestic demand for contemporary ceramics anticipated to grow over the next five years as household incomes and construction activity trend upward following the containment of COVID-19.1

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Ceramics) student Serena Owen said she chose to study Ceramics at TAFE NSW Hornsby to consolidate her skills in a dedicated ceramics course.

“I first enrolled in the Diploma of Ceramics at TAFE NSW because I was really drawn to the fact that this is a dedicated ceramics course so I knew I would be able put all of my energy into learning the specialised skills I was hoping to fine tune,” Ms Owen said.

“The Diploma was the perfect way to consolidate and perfect my individual style and I’m now enrolled in the Advanced Diploma to continue my practice so that I can one day share my creations with others.”

Head Teacher of Ceramics and Visual Arts, Tony McDonald, said students enrolled in the Diploma of Ceramics at TAFE NSW gain specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop their own ceramics practice.

“Students have the opportunity to plan, design and realise a body of ceramic work using in-depth skills, ceramics technologies, materials and processes,” Mr McDonald said.

“Through an exploration of art theory and history, critical analysis and discourse, students gain the skills to work in their own practice or in organisations that design and produce ceramic objects, such as specialist tile manufacturers or makers of landscape and gardening items.”

The exhibition continues until May 29, 2021, at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49-51 King St Newtown.

To find out more about the range of study options available at TAFE NSW including the Diploma of Ceramics, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.