Tasmanian Studio Pottery c1970

Tasmanian Studio Pottery c1970

The Tasmanian modernist / brutalist pottery collection of artist Patricia Giles ( 1932 – 2021).

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Some are by Cynthia Mitchell, all in perfect condition, others with unknown studio stamps. The ‘hand built’ & overfired vase centre with remains of 1971 exhibition list, 36cm high. The four fold vase left 33cm diameter. The bird feeder lower left is lovely. Some were in Patricia’s bush garden, others the verandah & exhibition room.

Tasmanian (and Australian) pottery was hugely influenced by the arrival & teaching of Shigeo Shiga (1928-2011). Shiga was trained at the Kyoto Ceramic Institute. He came to Australia at the invitation of potter Les Blakeborough in 1966, and Tasmania in 1971. These ceramics reflect a return to the local clays and endemic plants, their forms a quantum shock to the local design language & role of the potter of the day.