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Ceramicist invited to create works for Chinese museum


Brigid Veale
29 August 2006
A Southern Cross University visual arts lecturer is one of four Australian ceramic artists invited to China to celebrate the establishment of an Australasian Ceramic Art Museum.

Fiona Fell, an internationally and nationally-recognised ceramic artist, will spend four weeks in Fuping, central China, creating ceramic pieces which will be exhibited in the newly built museum.

“There is already a Norwegian and French museum. Up to 10 ceramic artists from each country come and do the residency,” Ms Fell said.

“I’m quite excited about this opportunity. It’s really good for my teaching to have experiences like this and to be working with three other top ceramicists.”

Ms Fell, who creates figurative ceramic sculpture, said she hoped to complete about five pieces during her four-week residency, which starts in early September.

“I will just have to see what’s in the environment, what inspires me and what sort of materials are available,” she said.

“I don’t try to capture things realistically – it’s more creating the inside world through the experience of embodiment, capturing fragility and poetic moments. I have always been committed to the material of clay and figuration."

Ms Fell, who grew up in Lismore, is represented by Legge Gallery in Sydney and has participated in a similar exchange program in Japan in 1998. She has exhibited in the United States, Taipei and Italy. She currently has a solo show at Legge Gallery that runs to the end of the month.

The other artists invited to take part in the Sino-Australasia Ceramic Art Exchange Program are Michael Keighery, Western Sydney University, Janet De Boos, head of ceramics at the Australian National University, and Tony Warburton – a Sydney based ceramic artist.

Photo: A work in progress by ceramicist Fiona Fell.