NGV WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION PRESENTS ART OF DINING: BEST OF THE BEST 2019

NGV Women’s Association presents Art of Dining: Best of the Best 2019 bringing together 44 spectacular tables designed by Australia’s leading artists, interior designers, couturiers, florists, stylists and retailers. Visitors will view tables from the whimsical to the avant-garde celebrating creativity and innovation in dining design. A stellar line up of Creatives are generously donating their rare and wonderful talent including Flack Studio, Craft Victoria, Flowers Vasette and Hecker Guthrie. A must for design aficionados.

Tables will be on view in the NGV Great Hall – Thu 2 May and Fri 3 May, 10am-5pm & Thu 2 May 6-9pm

This year, Craft Victoria has collaborated with a number of contemporary craftspeople to create out table.

For close to half a century, Craft Victoria has championed Australia’s leading craftspeople. From our new home on Watson Place, we continue to support and celebrate the work of local makers and artists, offering a cutting-edge vision of craft today. In designing this table, our intention was to bring together makers working across diverse disciplines and aesthetics, and to pay homage to the traditions of the table and object. Extravagant fare, luxurious tableware, and entertainment have been the defining features of festive consumption for hundreds of years. The objects adorning the table invite both play and conversation, and speak to a history and legacy of making that is at the heart of human society.

If you have any questions about any of the works depicted below or would like to inquire with regards to pricing - please email Sarah Weston sweston@craft.org.au for more details!

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Janet Beckhouse

Janet Beckhouse’s intricate and much loved hand-built ceramics, has led to her work being collected by public and private institutions and clients worldwide, including NGV, NGA and many others. Her intuitive responses to the universal elements of life, death, and human relationships, create mesmerising works both complex and elegant. Each delicate layer of detail materialises a less familiar world beyond the realm of appearances, challenging the viewer’s perception of reality.

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Mr. Draper

Mr. Draper is a boutique Australian business that crafts fine linen bedding and napery. Our products are thoughtfully designed and carefully hand made from high quality materials sourced, where possible, from local, sustainable and ethical suppliers.

Mr. Draper started in 2014 in response to the 'fast fashion' movement that seemed to be encroaching on our homes. I was tired of the increasing number of poorly made, disposable items that had infiltrated our homes – and our lives. I set about creating products that are not only beautiful, but also hardwearing and functional.

Mr. Draper is a direct to consumer brand. We do all of the design, manufacturing and retailing. We don't wholesale. This model allows us to bring you the best quality linen, at a very accessible price point. No middlemen here.

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Ryan Foote

Ceramicist and chocolatier Ryan L Foote has a diverse practice, which includes both functional works of craft, event design, and large installation works. A skilled maker, he prefers to work with slip casting techniques to create exquisite forms, and from there develop custom glazes that enhance the appearance of each piece.

Training originally at the Victorian College of the Arts, majoring in sculpture and spatial practices in 2005/2006, he then went on to teach in the same department in 2010, as well as undertaking guest lecturing roles at other universities. Now dividing his time between Melbourne and Hong Kong, Craft showcases Ryan’s crystalline, bento, and bubble glaze collections.

Ryan’s crystalline glazes were custom developed over the course of four years at his Melbourne studio. Involving a complex recipe of multiple oxides and minerals, and a firing process which is driven by precise adjustments in temperature – each resulting work is unique. The crystals seen on each piece grow within the molten glaze under the extreme heat and pressure of the kiln, creating distinctive arrangements which can never be repeated

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Makiko Ryujin

An emerging Victorian maker, Makiko turns each wooden form on the lathe before setting it alight. The burning of each vessels draws on memories of her childhood growing up in Fukushima, Japan, and the traditional burning of the Daruma doll ceremonies in her village. Of her work she says, ‘After spending many hours working the wood into the bowl, I then must release control to fire and let go of the shape that I have created, welcoming whatever the burning brings to the vessel.’

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Christopher Plumridge

Christopher Plumridge is the artist behind Claystone Pottery in Highett, Victoria. His work is highly regarded for its precision, studied form and exquisite use of glazes. Originally studying in the 70s under Chinese, Japanese, English and Australian potters, his work has been featured in countless publications and his thriving practice includes commissions for the likes of Attica and the National Gallery of Australia. His outstanding work with glazes is the result of long term development of formulae he originally began testing as a student and have been refined through years of practice. This extensive research and development ensures that the colour, texture and depth remain utterly unique. His pieces are some of the last of individually made industrial quality, commercial ceramic wares to be created in Australia.

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William Eicholtz

William Eicholtz is a contemporary sculptor, taking figurative art from its traditional lineage then reforming and placing it firmly in current artistic dialogue. Evoking classic themes, his sensual sculptures rejoice in metaphor and the physical, with a particular focus on the male nude. Eicholtz acknowledges, in both theme and technique, the figure's place in the classical history of art, then appropriates and translates it into a language infused with a humour and theatricality that embraces modern art.

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Vanessa Lucas

Vanessa’s work reflects her philosophy that utility is important when working with clay, but the tangibility of function must not be at the expense of beauty. A maker of bespoke objects for over 20 years, Vanessa Lucas trained first in ceramics education and later in clothing design. In her work with both cloth and clay, her unwavering priority is to make pieces which function seamlessly in everyday life

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Andrei Davidoff

Having completed a Masters in Fine Art from RMIT University, Andrei Davidoff pushes his work in ceramics to be both a practice of production - making tableware of strength, beauty and utility - and also of thoughtful provocation - working conceptually to produce installations and sculpture.

This breadth of practice instils Andrei’s tableware with gesture of form and brushwork that are a graceful extension of his exhibiting practice, and in so doing offer a rarefied moment at the table. This is in conjunction with the hardwearing fabrication of high-fired porcelain and stone wares that he employs, and his minimal ornament of gestural glaze or hand evident in his forms are beautiful moments for the maker to be visible within the utilitarian.

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Tara Shackell

Tara graduated from VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography), later completing a Diploma of Visual Art (Ceramics).

Thrown on the wheel or hand-built, Tara’s stoneware and porcelain pieces explore the relationship between form and surface, and the subtle interactions which can occur between the clays and glazes.

Her current work focuses on creating simple, functional objects that express materiality, quietness and space. Tara is interested in the relationship of objects to one another, the spaces between things and the way that this affects the way we see the objects both as a group and individually.

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Katherine Mahoney

Katherine Mahoney’s ceramics are represented in many museums throughout Asia and in private and corporate collections worldwide. She trained as a production thrower in the UK in the mid-1970s, taking an apprenticeship with Keith Harding at Cranbrook Station Pottery.

After managing one of Cranbrook Station’s branch potteries, Katherine and her brother opened their own pottery studio in Kent (Fulling Mill Pottery) and produced a range of domestic ware

Image - Regale, Crafting the Table, 2017. Photograph Lauren Bamford, Styling Stephanie Somebody.