Klytie Pate Award / Exhibition

March 6th – 14th 2021

Shortlisted for The Klytie Pate Award for Ceramics: a national prize open to all ceramicists in Australia and offers substantial cash prizes.

The Klytie Pate Awards and concurrent exhibition celebrate their namesake – Klytie Pate OAM – who, over her 50 year career became known as one of Australia’s most prolific and innovative potters.

Upcoming advanced diploma graduate exhibition 2021

Kirsty’s new body of work explores the changing anthropogenic landscape of bush fires, extreme weather, mining blasts and other man-made disasters with the sensual materials of clay and glaze chemicals in the making/thinking process.

May 2021, Hazelhurst Art Gallery
Gymea NSW

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture & Design

“I wake every day filled with curiosity to work with the endless possibilities of the language of clay and chemicals. It’s often a long process but there is no greater joy than discovering new surprising forms, glazes and surfaces in the wonderful and chaotic tactile problem-solving process of these materials.

Whether my artworks lean towards the minimalist, decorative or descriptive ends of the creative spectrum all of my forms are created with a deep knowledge of the ceramic material, it’s interactions, process and time frames and also the audiences’ tactile experience.”

K Collins

With my hands in the clay I think about the tactile experience of my body in the landscape. I use this sensual material to invite an audience to feel the landscape in motion.

Kirsty Collins