Damon Moon is a potter based in Victoria. Koalas and Western Australia – not in the same sentence – seem to have preoccupied the nation. This may be what Damon is reflecting in his journal covers.
We asked Damon three questions about his experience of isolation, completing this journal and his hope for the future. These are his responses:
Describe the experience of the period of isolation for you.
The period of isolation meant almost nothing to me in terms of my normal work routine.
What does your book represent and how did you approach the challenge?
I’ve sent you only the covers of the book because in the end I didn’t want most of what was in there to become public. The paper was also thin and a bit crap.
What do you hope will change in Australia as a result of the pandemic?
What do I hope will change in Australia as the result of the pandemic? Far less reliance on things outside our borders would sum it up.
Damon Moon is a second-generation potter based in Victoria. He first started working with clay at the age of fifteen with his father, the well-known late Australian potter Milton Moon AM. Over the past four decades he has worked in many capacities within the arts, as a writer and researcher, curator, teacher and maker, but ceramics has been a constant presence in his life. In 2006 he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of South Australia for his thesis examining aspects of Australian ceramic history and is recognised as one of the preeminent writers and commentators in the field. He was until recently Creative Director at Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design.
View Damon Moon's journal here:
Image: Damon Moon, Design/Isolate Journal (detail), 2020.