Living Treasures is a series of solo exhibitions honouring eminent Australian craftspeople, celebrating their mastery of skill, their achievements and the unique place they occupy in the national design culture. 

Acclaimed ceramicist Prue Venables is the ninth artist in the Australian Design Centre's series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft. Prue Venables' sculptural artworks possess clarity, luminosity and a quiet beauty.

This work so artfully combines stillness and a sense of risk, of fragility. Sometimes it is a single object — a pierced ladle with a precariously long stem, perhaps, or a scoop with an elegant, daring, ribbon-like handle, that surprises and then calms. Then there are those seemingly arbitrary couplings or slightly perverse groupings that quietly and insistently demand a shift in our perception. Indeed they all were once, in the making process, exceedingly fragile; needing, before and during both bisque and high temperature reduction firing, to be propped up or supported upside down and fired on porcelain trays or setters: carefully, patiently, slowly, surely, crafted. But now, strong, dense, confident, beautiful — to be used, to be held.

I hope you see these pots when the sun is out. They quicken with light, the pale objects are softly luminous and translucent, while the dark aubergines and blacks glow satiny rich, their rims reflecting.

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

The works in this exhibition explore the significance of everyday objects through multiple sequences of forms in porcelain, with additional elements in metal and wood. The forms are simple and elegant, with a minimal colour palette and create a distinctive visual language.

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Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables is an ADC ON TOUR national touring exhibition opening at fourteen locations across Australia from 2019 to 2022. 

Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft | Prue Venables was researched and developed under a Federal Government Visions of Australia research grant and is ADC’s major national touring exhibition for 2019 - 2022. The tour is also supported by the Visions of Australia program and Australia Council for the Arts.


Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft | Prue Venables : Opening night 
To be opened by Adrian Collette, CEO of Australia Council for the Arts.
When: Thursday 1 August 2019, 6 -8pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Spaces are limited, RSVP required. Book here

Prue Venables: Floor Talk
Meet Prue Venables in this unique opportunity to hear her discussing her work in the exhibition.
When: Friday 2 August 2019, 2 -3.30pm 
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event, bookings required. Book here

TACA Members Talk: Prue Venables in Conversation with Alison Britton - BOOKED OUT
Join two world renowned ceramic artists discussing their works, themes and processes over a glass of sparkling wine in a special event for The Australian Ceramics Association members. 
When: Saturday 3 August, 1.30 - 3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
RSVP: Free, bookings required. Must be a current member of The Australian Ceramics Association to attend. 

Images: Above: Prue Venables, Black triangulated form and Black pedestal bowl, 2019. Photos: Terence Bogue. 

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