Wood-fired works on show

By David Rak

Popular Tallarook ceramicist Sandra Bowkett will be showcasing her artwork at Shepparton Art Museum.

Ms Bowkett’s Clay II Fire collection is made up of ceramic vessels exploring the energy of wood-firing on earth materials, marking SAM’s 25th artist exhibit.

The ceramic pieces featured in the exhibition were fired at Ms Bowkett’s home studio in Tallarook, in a wood-fired kiln she built herself in 2013.

‘‘I was inspired to build the kiln after comments made by some traditional Rajasthani potters I occasionally work with,’’ she said.

‘‘They were astounded by the quantity and quality of the timber/fuel lying about our property, and encouraged me to make use of it in my ceramic practice.’’

The distinctive patterns and marking on her works are created by the impact of heat, ash, and vessel position in the kiln.

Ms Bowkett finishes the pieces with glazes that enable the natural variety of these designs to be the highlight.

The installation will also include elements from the firing process, including bricks and kiln inserts, giving the viewers an insight into how Ms Bowkett creates the vessels.

In the past, Ms Bowkett’s ceramic vessels have been a hit at the SAM shop, and items in this exhibition will also be available to purchase.

The SAM showcase display, at the Shepparton Art Museum entrance, on Welsford St, is on from tomorrow to May 6. Admission is free.