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TACA Open Studio 2018 – Pop up studio at ADC

BY Australian Design Centre | 11-Jul-2018
Australian Design Centre will host a pop-up studio as part of the Australian Ceramics Association Open Studios 2018.
Australian Design Centre will host a pop-up studio as part of the Australian Ceramics Association Open Studios 2018.

We’re thrilled to have ceramicist Gillian Hodes in the gallery sharing her knowledge and showcasing ceramic techniques.

Come and join us for a fascinating demonstration and learn more about this talented artist.

Gillian Hodes, a ceramicist and sculptor, is fascinated by contrasts – hard/soft, ephemeral/permanent, transparent/opaque, rough/smooth. Porcelain is the perfect medium for her exploration of these opposites: it is soft and malleable in its raw form, and very strong yet incredibly fragile after firing. Fine porcelain is translucent and when lit from behind appears to glow with an inner life. Gillian makes both functional and sculptural works, sometimes incorporating fibre, wool and other organic materials. She moves back and forth between figurative work and hand built or wheel-thrown porcelain vessels, inspired by the landscape, ocean and sky.

Gillian was born in Zvishavane, a small rural town in Zimbabwe. She grew up immersed in the African bush, surrounded Shona sculpture and African art. Her schooling in Harare, Zimbabwe was followed by University in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1999, she emigrated to Sydney, Australia with her family. She left the corporate world a few years ago in pursuit of a life as an artist, first studying sculpture at the National Art School, then ceramics at Northern Beaches TAFE. She says: “I find working with clay to be very meditative – I lose myself completely in a calm, quiet, internal space, a welcome respite from the hyperactive zone which I usually inhabit.”