Contemporary ceramic sculpture

My work in clay is centred in the landscape, the semi-abstract, forms are reminiscent of Asian ink landscapes and also Italian rococo sculpture. Various cultural influences and methods are unified with my expressionistic gestural, textural techniques that I have been developing over several years.

I use strong grogged clay bodies in complex forms with soft spongy paper porcelain surfaces and contrasting colour slips, terra sigillata and glazes. I have recently started making bases of stained plaster with plastic waste, Styrofoam, straws, coal, etc, that extend ceramic textures down the form. These embedded materials are imbued with deep grief for the current state of our global landscape in the Anthropocene epoch.

“The new universality consists in feeling that the ground is in the process of giving way.”
― Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

“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

Art thinking and craft thinking…
My body in space becomes my landscape.

Things I think about, with my hands in the clay.

I’m a deaf, contemporary artist and craftsperson completing the Advanced Diploma in ceramics and have been developing a new body of work to be exhibited at Hazlehurst Gallery in 2021. I make large hand-built ceramic sculptures, limited edition slip cast ikebana vases and also thrown, hand carved tea bowls. I make my own slips, terra-sigillata’s and glazes.

My sculpture explores fantastical cloud and smoke inspired landscapes embodied in clay. Coming from a contemporary art and design background I’m is interested in the connection between art, design and craft thinking.

I was awarded a ‘commendation’ at the 2016 HIDDEN Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk. A finalist in the Melbourne Laneways Art Commissions.

In a previous life, I’ve worked as a digital media Art Director and Creative Director. 

Exhibitions

Previous exhibitions include Leichhardt Fringe Festival (2017), Beams Art Festival (2014), “Ornitho-logical Exhibition” (2014 with Sandra Winkworth).

I have also exhibited at Drift at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Hatched exhibition at PICA.  And also the, A Fresh Perspective, an exhibition at Kerrie Lowe Gallery among other shows.

  • 2019 – A Fresh Perspective Exhibition, Kerrie Lowe Gallery
  • 2018 – Kindred Exhibition, Yellow Dot Gallery
  • 2017 – Rock Paper Scissors Exhibition, Muse Gallery
  • 2016 – HIDDEN; Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk
  • 2015 – Leichhardt Fringe Festival
  • 2014 – Beams Art Festival
  • 2013 – Linden Post card prize exhibition
  • 2010, Finalist – Melbourne Laneways Art Commissions
  • 2004 – Drift, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • 2004 – Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

My art practice intersects between ceramic sculpture and assemblage. I employ techniques developed in traditional materials from Western and Asian cultures and translate them into contemporary ceramics with additional conceptual elements such as found objects and text.

K Collins

Qualifications

  • BFA from College of Fine Arts (UNSW)
  • MFA in Electronic Art at Sydney College of the Arts (USYD)
  • Ceramics Diploma at TAFE (NSW).
  • Currently completing the Advanced Diploma of Ceramics at TAFE (NSW)

Recent works

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