The Scholar Ceramicist Suspending Time In Clay

‘Artwork has all the time been a launch for me,’ explains Bell Carver. ‘I discover myself in a state of circulation that I don’t expertise wherever else.’

Throughout Melbourne’s sweeping lockdowns final yr, the younger ceramicist recognized the same continuity working by way of her time, the place hours melted into days and weeks grew to become indistinguishable from months. Capturing this excellent unity between time and house grew to become the main target of her most up-to-date physique of labor – a collection of ceramic sculptures for which she gained the inaugural Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize, a brand new award for rising pupil practitioners, named after the founding father of iconic Australian ceramics model Mud Australia! Because the award’s inaugural recipient, Bell will obtain $10,000 in prize cash, and a 3-month paid internship at Mud Australia.

‘Previous to final yr, my work was principally practical and wheel-thrown,’ she says.

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