Exploring the phenomenon of markets and production ware, Supermarket transforms the gallery into a marketplace of limited edition works exclusive to Craft from a select group of Melbourne makers.
Curated by Debbie Pryor, a selection of artists have been invited to create exclusive ranges as an extension of products in the retail store or reinvention of exhibition concepts. Featuring new works by Katherine Bowman, Kris Coad, Andrei Davidoff, Bin Dixon–Ward, Amanda Dziedzic, Pennie Jagiello, Kate Jones, Mattt Bags, Sarah O’Sullivan, Philip Stokes and Karla Way.
At Craft, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne
5 December 2014 to 31 January 2015
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Katherine Bowman is interested in the ability of materials to tell a story. Her work created specifically for Supermarket references patination, tribal breast plates and surface embellishment. The brass pieces are cut, rolled and painted with acrylic and enamel, hung low on the body with a hand twisted twine and hung in line with the navel or lower ribs, the length creating a feeling of comfort or protection for the wearer. Bowman has a very researched and poetic way of making, often investigating and quoting mythology and literature, she creates meaningful works that are to be treasured by the wearer. katherinebowman.com.au
Kris Coad is a Melbourne based ceramicist and educator, well known for both her porcelain production and exhibition installation works. Furthering her explorations into the ceremony attached to eating and drinking from pleasurable tableware Coad worked with Craft to develop a Breakfast Set consisting of her signature use of translucent, tactile porcelain. The set, consisting of cup, infuser and stand and small bowl is designed to sit comfortably on top of the porcelain plate, with a raised lip in one side for the safety of a hot cuppa. The items are sold as a set only and are presented boxed with a porcelain artist tag. kriscoad.com
Andrei Davidoff’s signature styles include a white glaze over wheel-thrown stoneware and a black glaze developed by the artist over wheel-thrown porcelain – he continues his love affair with the two clay bodies and glazes and creates two sets of drinking companions for Supermarket. In porcelain and black glaze is a sake bottle and small sake cups, no two cup forms are alike, each a distinctive, instinctively wheel thrown object.
For whiskey fans Davidoff has created four tumblers (can be purchased individually or as a set) designed to sit comfortably within the hand, holding a whiskey on ice. Complementing the tumblers is the choice of two ceramic ice buckets, designed to sit with the set of tumblers. For this set Davidoff has also explored the traditional Japansese Chun glaze. andreidavidoff.com
Following her solo show at Craft early this year Bin Dixon-Ward has developed 7 sets of earrings and a pendant necklace for Supermarket. Gradient summer colours have been hand painted to CAD designs to create pink to red, blue to green, yellow to orange pieces. Dixon-Ward has constructed the summer must-haves for your ears. For those inclined to wear a set, a complementing pink to red necklace is also available. bindixon-ward.com
Continuing her love of colour, and fascination with nature Amanda Dziedzic has created a mix of functional and decorative ware for Supermarket. First and foremost, she has created THE perfect summer accessory in glass, the humble swizzle stick! Lamp worked, and in bright, summery colours, they are paired with blown glass cups featuring leaf shaped handles. A necessary accompaniment to our upcoming summer holidays. amandadziedzic.com.au
Known for her work with recycled materials, primarily reused electrical wire, Pennie Jagiello has expanded her practice and is sharing a brand new investigation into recycled rubber. Her commitment to the recycling of materials sees her carving rubber, plaiting vintage threads and reusing sterling silver wire. Her new collection incorporates pattern with muted tones. penniejagiello.com
Directly following her solo exhibition at Craft Kate Jones continues making with rolled terracotta and abstract surface decoration. Domestically scaled forms designed to house a tea light create atmospheric candle holders perfect for late summer nights and adorning a dinner table during the festive season. Her large scale slab built ceramics are already renowned amongst the ceramics circuit; both for their sense of scale and as painterly glazed landscapes. katejjones.com
Using custom-designed digital prints Mattt Bags continues his construction of functional and decorative accessories for men and women. For this particular range he collaborated with Elenour Laud from Kick and Screen, who produced fabric inspired by Belgian tapestry and carpet design from the 1800’s. This collaboration is the first design from Mattt Bags Limited Additions (sic) range, a series of small batch collaborations with designers and illustrators generally using more experimental or labour intensive processes. mattt.com.au
Sarah O’Sullivan’s work investigates how decoration is used in domestic ceramics to navigate relationships between people, and the natural Australian environment. Her production range Keepsake explores domestic ware from the past, based on crystal dinning this work has a decorative and historical feel to its function. Typically covered in white glaze, O’Sullivan has developed a warm grey to apply to this limited edition range. sarahosullivan.com.au
Philip Stokes Studio Glass is a staple in Melbourne glass. His vibrant and colourful stylings coupled with great technical skill allow him to create some the most covetable pieces in the state. For Supermarket Stokes celebrates the glamour of the event with gold leaf and silver foil rolled into blown glass baubles, perfect for any tree or window space. Stokes has also created Limited Edition carafes in clear and translucent grey, a simplistic and stylish addition to a celebratory dinning table. pssg.com.au
Scaled beasts emerge out of winter hibernation to join the fray of floral, faunal and geological anomalies that occupy Karla Way’s work. Playing with the age old motif of the animal in jewellery, coils, layered scales and gem studded eyes give form to the sleepy creatures needing to be warmed by summer’s sun. karlajway.blogspot.com.au
IMAGE Andrei Davidoff’s work in Supermarket