SAM’s '15th Showcase' features the work of Melbourne-based ceramicist Kirsten Perry. In this Showcase, Perry expands on her interest in chance, error, humour and anthropomorphism, creating work that is uncanny, iconic, and beautifully crafted. Central to her practice is the process of mould-making, where the artist takes on the challenge of casting discarded items and objects atypical to the ceramic medium. These include paper, foam and cardboard, allowing the artist to highlight imperfections and exaggerate the overseen blemishes in these materials. Using this process, Perry transforms found material into an object of practical and aesthetic value. Her forms play with negative space, geometry, and balance. Kirsten Perry holds a Bachelor of Arts (Gold & Silversmithing) and a Bachelor of Industrial Design at RMIT University. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently having been a finalist in the Victorian Craft Award 2017, Mansfield Art Glass incorporating Ceramics Exhibition, 2017 and the KAFF Art Prize at the Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney in 2016. Showcase 2017 presents exhibitions of new work by contemporary ceramicists in the glass display cabinet of SAM’s entry. Curated in partnership with Bree Claffey of Melbourne based gallery and retailer Mr Kitly, Showcase is a unique opportunity for collectors and craft lovers to acquire work from established and emerging contemporary artists, as all pieces are available for purchase at the SAM shop.