When I first sat down at the potter's wheel, that was it. Bugger painting! This was blood and guts and real. Jeff Mincham

Australian Design Centre presents a new audio series exploring design and contemporary craft in Australia hosted by CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill.

We all have objects in our lives. Some are functional, some decorative and many hold memories of important places and people. Who makes these things and why? This new podcast delves into the stories of creative Australians and the objects they make.

This first season of Object: stories of design and craft explores the Masters of Craft, nationally and internationally acclaimed craftspeople, our living treasures.

Meet Australia’s master craftspeople working in ceramics, jewellery, textiles and metal. Why does their work matter? How do they keep going? How does working in Australia impact their work? What’s their advice for makers now?

Prue Venables, Jeff Mincham, Lola Greeno, Liz Williamson, Les Blakebrough, Marian Hosking and Robert Baines down their tools and talk with Lisa Cahill from the Australian Design Centre. You’ll hear insights, tips and surprising histories of Australian craft and design - like the birth of the Australian Crafts Movement, craft as the longest ongoing cultural tradition in Tasmania, and the infamous craft train.

If you love objects, contemporary craft and design, subscribe to Object: stories of design and craft.

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Release date: 14 October 2021
Episode lengths: 25 mins average

Host: Lisa Cahill
Producer: Jane Curtis
Media and Production Support: Alix Fiveash

The Living Treasures series of exhibitions have been toured by Australian Design Centre through ADC On Tour our national touring exhibition program with support from the Australian Government through the Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program. The program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia.

Episode 8: The Making of Living Treasures

In this bonus episode, you’ll meet Brian Parkes, one of the key people behind the original idea for the Living Treasures series of exhibitions. Hear how the idea of the series became a reality on a shoestring budget, the popularity of Living Treasures at regional galleries and about the two Living Treasures Lisa Cahill didn’t get to interview – the late glass artist Klaus Moje and glass artist Nick Mount.

Episode 7: Robert Baines

In a career spanning five decades, Robert Baines is one of Australia’s leading gold and silversmiths. In this episode, you’ll hear about how Robert researched high Classical Greek gold jewellery and remade it using those 2000 year old techniques, how colour takes on many meanings in his jewellery, and how a chance meeting in a gallery changed everything.

Episode 6: Les Blakebrough

In a career spanning seven decades, Les Blakebrough has become one of Australia's most acclaimed and influential ceramic artists.

In this episode, you’ll hear about Les’ experiments in the early days, why he went from ceramics maker to porcelain producer, and how Australia’s first national craft association was founded.

Episode 5: Liz Williamson

Liz Williamson is an internationally respected textile artist who specialises in hand-woven textiles and is known as a ‘matriarch of Australian weaving’.  Hear what Liz’s favourite ‘magical’ material is, how darning and repair informs her work, and how she works with weavers around the world.

Episode 4: Marian Hosking

Marian Hosking is an award-winning artist, and is a former Head of Jewellery at Charles Sturt University, The Riverina College of Advanced Education and Monash University. Hear why Marian thinks that souvenirs are underrated; the reason she still makes brooches and how she co-founded the iconic Melbourne open access jewellery space, Workshop 3000.

Episode 3: Prue Venables

Prue Venables is one of Australia’s most accomplished ceramic artists. Hear how Prue went from a career in science to pottery; how three tiny porcelain jugs changed everything for her; and her controversial advice for new makers.

Episode 2: Lola Greeno

Lola Greeno is an award winning Tasmanian Aboriginal shell worker and artist. Learn about the role of insects in making a traditional shell necklace, how Lola creates for kids as well as adults, and what she wants every Tasmanian Aboriginal woman to know.

Episode 1: Jeff Mincham

Jeff Mincham is one of Australia's most prominent ceramic artists. Hear what it was like to witness the birth of the Australian Crafts Movement, how Jeff deals with success and failure, and his characteristically blunt advice to makers.

Meet the host and producer

Object podcast is hosted by CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill and produced by Jane Curtis.

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