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Clay Dynasty

  • Art
  • Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
  1. A tall ceramic vessel with a cup shape at the top with a colourful orange, yellow, blue and brown abstract glaze.
    Photograph: SuppliedImage: 'Wentworth Falls 4', Peter Cooley 2004
  2. A large black, vase-like vessel with a detailed middle part made of tiny, textural growth-like formations
    Photograph: SuppliedImage: 'A Lament for the Wildfires', Juz Kitson 2021
  3. Three ceramic busts from behind. They are elaborately decorated with landscape paintings, gold leaf and red clay formations
    Photograph: Powerhouse Museum/Zan Wimberley | Image: 'China, China' (installation view), Ah Xian
  4. Around 11 white and cream shiny porcelein vessels sitting in a group on a black bench in front of a black tiled background
    Photograph: Zan WimberleyImage: 'Still Life with Yellow Bowls' (installation view), Gwyn Hanssen Pigott 2002

Time Out says

Marvel at over 400 objects by Australia's greatest ceramics artists

Functional and beautiful clay objects have been at the epicentre of human culture ever since the first owner of an opposable thumb worked out how to whack water and dirt together. Australia's history with the form has evolved through utilitarian and aesthetic waves too. Clay Dynasty is a huge exhibition that sets to chart ceramic practice in our country while peering into the exciting future of contemporary ceramic artists.

Head to the Powerhouse Museum to see over 400 clay pieces from the museum's collection alongside 70 new works from Australian artists. Clay Dynasty will take a trip through some of the earliest examples of pottery from First Nations makers through to the groovy modernist experiments from proto-feminist Australians and beyond.

The exhibition will show pieces from 160 artists and makers from the last 50 years of ceramic studio practice. See famous works from the likes of Margaret Dodd, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Joan Ground and pieces from Darwin's Bagot Pottery brought to light and air after years of storage in the Powerhouse collection. And marvel at the lines of innovation and style that have made an impact on contemporary practitioners like Lynda Draper, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Carlene Thompson and more. 

Powerhouse Museum will also be hosting a symposium and has developed a range of exhibition–inspired masterclasses in collaboration with local ceramic studios, including studios and Hermannsburg Potters, with more masterclasses to come. Keep your peepers on the exhibition website for more information. Clay Dynasty runs until January 29, 2023.

Time Out in association with Powerhouse Museum


Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris St
Opening hours:
10am-5pm daily

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