Prue Venables

Prue Venables has established an international reputation as one of Australia’s leading contemporary ceramists.  Prue is motivated by a search for simplicity and as a result her elegant, hand-thrown pieces contain a core stillness and serenity which set them apart.  Her apparently simple porcelain objects disguise the laborious making process involved.  As Prue explains, “I enjoy the contradictory nature of the pieces, where the sprung tension of the throwing remains clear, but the origins of forms are uncertain”.  She has a particular interest in functional objects, and 19th Century industrial English pottery styles are juxtaposed with more familiar references to modern metal, and plastic objects and vessels.

 MA, Fine Art - Ceramics, RMIT
1988  Acset 1 - Teacher Training, London
1981-83  Harrow Diploma of Studio Pottery, Harrow College of Art, London (graduated with distinction)
1971-74  BSc (Hons) class 2B  Zoology,  Melbourne University

Selected Awards
 Arts Victoria grant to attend exhibitions in Taiwan and Denmark
2008  Australia Council Grant – New Work
2007  Honourable Mention WOCEF, Korea
elected member, International Academy of Ceramics
President Craft Victoria
2006  Fellow Royal Society of Arts, UK
2004  One month residency at Oribe Design Centre, Gifu, Japan – to design a dinner set for production by Yamai China Co. and Yamama China Co.
grant from Object to act as mentor to Robyn Seale
2003  Australia Council Grant – Development
Third Prize, Jan Ken Pon, World Design Competition,
New York and Japan
2002  Arts Victoria- grant to attend exhibition at Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York
Craft Victoria- grant to attend exhibition at Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York
Honourable Mention  - International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan.
2001  Hermanns Art Award - Second Prize
Australia Council Project Grant - New Work
Australia Council funding to attend Ceramics
Millenium Conference in Amsterdam

Selected Solo Exhibitions
 Moss Green Gallery, Melbourne
2007  Rex Irwin Fine Art, Sydney
2006  Christine Abrahams Gallery
2005  Rex Irwin Fine Art, Sydney
Galerie Besson, London
2003  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2002  Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York
2001  Oxford Gallery, UK
Christine Abrahams Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions
 Finalist, Alcorso 2011 Ceramics Competition, Hobart
International featured artist, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
‘Salt’, Port Festival, Adelaide
‘Black and White’, Rex Irwin, Sydney
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, USA
Mint Museum, North Carolina, USA
2010  Ting til Fælles, Ann Linnemann studio gallery, Copenhagen
Korero and Hui Hua –Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge
Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
Teawares, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide
The Collectors, Kjai Lieu, Adelaide
Selected Collections
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Fuping Museum, China
Bendigo Art Gallery
Newcastle Art Gallery
Hermanns Art Award Collection
Bathurst Art Gallery
Deakin University
Fletcher Challenge Collection
Nillumbik Shire Council
R.M.I.T. University
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
James Cook University
Hamilton Art Gallery
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland University of Technology
Craft Council of the Northern Territory, Alice Springs Division
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
University of Southern Queensland
National Gallery of Victoria
National Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
plus many private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK, USA, Canada, and Japan





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