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Les Blakebrough: Ceramics
Craftsman House 2005
240mm x 240mm,
soft cover, 144pp
career spanning five decades, Les Blakebrough has become on of Australia's
most acclaimed and influential ceramic artists. His body of work has
ranged from earthy functional wares to more recent, delicate forms.
The ethereal beauty of these later works emphasises the translucency and
fragility of the Southern Ice Porcelain he trademarked and spent
more than five years developing. His passionate research and
development of the techniques and materials of ceramics have led him on
journeys of discovery from studying with master potters in Japan in the
1960s to working with leading manufacturers of industrial ceramics in
Scandinavia in the 1990s.
Blakebrough has made an extraordinary contribution to visual art, craft
and design in Australia as a practitioner, teacher, mentor and visionary
advocate. He has been Director of the Sturt Pottery and Sturt
Workshops, a founding member of the Crafts Board of the Australia Council,
Head of Ceramics at the Tasmanian School of Art and a Principle Research
Fellow at the University of Tasmania. He has been awarded numerous
awards and commissions and his works are held in all major public
collections in Australia and in many others around the world.
Published to coincide with Les Blakebrough: Ceramics, the inaugural
exhibition in the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft
series, this magnificent monograph pays tribute this acclaimed and
influential ceramic artist. The volume is generously
illustrated, with a comprehensive account of Blakebrough's work and career.
Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series
is an initiative of Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design.
Each year, through the combination of a nationally touring exhibition and
a major monograph publication, the Living Treasures series aims to
celebrate the achievements of Australia's most iconic crafts
Associate Professor Jonathan
Holmes teaches art and design history and theory at the Tasmanian School
of Art and is also Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University
of Tasmania. He has written extensively on the contemporary visual
arts and crafts in Australia and is the author of many publications.