For almost all of her profession, Pippin Drysdale’s inspiration has been the huge and sweeping Australian panorama.
She was 50 when she received an arts fellowship that took her to the centre of those distant deserts, traversing the Pilbara, Kimberley and Arnhem lands to go to the legendary Maningrida arts centre and artist communities on Melville Island. This journey would maintain her inspiration and work for many years.
‘A lot of my journey has all developed right into a thematic of traces, traces of time, linear strains, shadows, color and massive crops,’ Pippin explains.
These traces have marked themselves on her ceramics as linework, etched throughout every hand-thrown vessel, and handpainted in a contrasting hue. ‘The strains tackle their very own journey,’ she says, explaining the intricate community of rivulets for a single vessel floor can eat as much as eight hours to finish. It’s value it, nevertheless. The small