Heide Museum of Modern Art is hosting a largescale contemporary ceramics exhibition showcasing a line-up of international artists.

Featuring a curation of pieces by twelve leading local and international artists, the exhibition, An Idea Needing to be Made: Contemporary Ceramics, explores the concept of the traditional vessel form and its continued reinvention in a contemporary landscape.

Predicated upon the work of one of Australia’s most celebrated potters, namely Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, the exhibition thoughtfully investigates the still life tradition – exploring the ways in which function, display and purpose intertwine through the creative process.

Drawing cues from Pigott’s renowned still life porcelains, each work reflects an exploration of the vessel form and it’s practical uses, while considering the ways in which an artwork can be understood as a collection of objects.

This and why it is that the past rings eternally present in such practices as the ceramic.

“The exhibition is not intended to be a survey of any kind but rather to show a series of touchstones that represent a range of contemporary approaches to the age old form of the vessel,” shared Heide Museum of Modern Art Artistic Director Lesley Harding.

“The invited artists – a number of whom have made new work to display – contribute to the lineage and future for this most ubiquitous of objects, and share ideas across cultures.”

Likewise, Co-curator Glenn Barley added, “An Idea Needing to be Made offers an opportunity to see a substantial group of works by some of the key influencers in contemporary ceramics.”

“Acknowledging the increased interest in ceramics across the art world, this exhibition provides a chance to see some of the most inventive practitioners at work today – from across the globe alongside their Australian peers – creating an international dialogue for this once marginalised medium.”

Artists include:

  • Alison Britton (UK)
  • Kathy Butterly (US)
  • Kirsten Coehlo (AUS) 
  • Pippin Drysdale (AUS) 
  • Ernebella Arts (AUS) 
  • Simone Fraser (AUS)
  • Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (AUS) 
  • King Houndekpinkou (FRA) 
  • Nicolette Johnson (AUS) 
  • Kate Malone (UK)
  • Kang Hyo Lee (KOR)
  • Wi Te Tau Pirika Taepa (NZ)

Opening today, An Idea Needing to be Made: Contemporary Ceramics will be open until 20th October 2019. Hop to it.

For more information, visit: