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Jill Symes x Craft Victoria


  • Craft Victoria Watson Place Melbourne, Vic, 3000 (map)

Craft Victoria is pleased to present Jill Symes in Memories of Landscape, presented in the Craft Vitrine Gallery.

"Inspired by years of travel in outback, desert and bush coast, I continue to explore forms inspired by ancient Australian landscapes to express my strong feelings of connection to the natural world.

The use of handcrafting methods allow me to feel the natural rhythms of nature’s earth material, to explore the tactility of the clay and respond to it as a medium.

When the finished form is dry, porcelain slips coloured with oxides and stains are expressionistically painted onto the surface. The firing and final glazing reveals the layers of colour and movement in form, edge and surface, achieving a tactile combination of soft lines, natural curves and a sense of immediacy in the work.

Works from old to new are presented in the Vitrine Gallery as punctuation moments from memories of landscape connections over time."

– Jill Symes

Jill Symes is a Melbourne-based ceramic artist producing a continuously developing body of distinctive ceramic works which demonstrate developed handbuilding skills and a mature understanding of the exciting possibilities of earthenware clays and glazing techniques.

Symes has an intensive national and international presence spanning the past 30 years. Exhibitions include but are not limited to Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection 2018, Victorian Craft Award 2015, Big Ceramics 2014 (Craft sponsored exhibition in Federation Square), Moments in Time 2014 (Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney), Fragments of Landscape (Kazari Collector, Melbourne 2010), Impressed, Contemporary Australian Ceramics (2006, New Delhi Pottery, India). Her work is in numerous public and private collections, Australia- wide and world-wide, and recent commissions include limited edition sculptures for the NGV Design Store.