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Five Decades of Wonder exhibition
Les Blakebrough has given a lifetime to the development, research and promotion of Australian ceramics since starting work at the Stuart Workshops at Mittigong, New South Wales in 1959 and, from 1972, through his long association with the Tasmanian School of Art at the University of Tasmania.
In 2005, as a mark of this achievement, he was the first artist to be represented in the exhibition series Living Treasures mounted by Object, Australian Centre for Craft and Design – an exhibition which toured nationally. The hallmark of that exhibition was the breadth and authority of the beautiful porcelain works created with the Southern Ice Porcelain clay, a clay he had researched and perfected over the previous decade or so. Now manufactured for world-wide distribution by Clayworks, Victoria, this internationally acclaimed clay body is noted for its purity, fineness, whiteness and translucency.
In his 80th year, Les Blakebrough continues to explore those qualities with unflagging vigour and inventiveness in works that embody a deep engagement with the natural environment and an understanding of form that reflects more than 60 years of imaginative endeavour at the cutting edge of ceramics.
A Bett Gallery, Hobart Monograph produced to coincide with the artists’ 80th birthday and, which continues the series of Tasmanian Monographs initiated by Arts Tasmania. A lavishly illustrated 64 pages of hard-covered monograph – recommended retail: $39.95.