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Australian Design Centre Podcast
Object: stories of design and craft
Series 2 Clay Connections

Episode 4: Writing about ceramics with writer, a ceramic artist and an educator Robyn Phelan.

Listen to:
✍️What makes a good piece of writing about visual art?
How can we get critique back into Australian arts commentary?
How to use writing in your arts practice, and tips for new arts writers.


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Publications

Writings with links

'A Practice is Positivity', Studio Potter, May, (2023), online

'Embodied Movement & Feldenkrais as a Way of Articulating a Somatic Practice', Feldenkrais Australian Journal 2021. pp. 5-13

'Robyn Phelan in Quarantine', The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 60 No 2 (Jul 2021), pp. 56-59.

'Ceramics is Political: the work of Kris Coad', The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 60 No 2 (Jul 2021), pp. 16-21.

Editor, 'Cunning Plans Curating your immediate future,' Education Issue, Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 59 Issue 2 ( March 2020), pp. 46-50

An Idea Needing to be Reviewed : RMIT Ceramic Students Respond to An Idea Needing to be Made and floor talk by Glenn Barkley’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 58 Issue 3 (Jul 2019), pp. 103-111.

‘A Beggars Banquet, A Reflection After Attending But First We Eat ’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 58 Issue 3 (Jul 2019), pp. 112-117.

‘Subject:Object : A series of exhibitions by Damon Moon. The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 58 Issue 2 (Jul 2019), pp. 93-100.

‘John Dermer – Survey’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 58 Issue 3 (Nov 2019), pp. 140-141.

‘Is wheel throwing the new yoga?’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 58 Issue 2 (Jul 2019), pp. 139-140.

‘It’s A Family Affair…blood’s thicker than mud – The Pittard Family’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 57 Issue 3 (Nov 2018), p. 135.

‘Digging For Clay Kate Hill’s Art Practice’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 57 Issue 2 (July 2018), p. 117.

‘Carving a New Future Raymond Young’s Ceramics’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 57 Issue 1 (April 2018), p. 118.

‘Anchor Ceramics a model for principled manufacturing,’ The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 56 Issue 3 (Nov 2017), p. 72-77106.

‘Things Old, Some Things New Craft Victoria’s New Home’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 56 Issue 3 (Nov 2017), p. 106.

‘The Klytie Pate Award in Mansfield’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 56 Issue 2 (July 2017), p. 140.

‘Weird Ceramics in Gippsland’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 56 Issue 1 (April 2016), p. 108.

Vipoo Svrivilasa, Ceramics Ireland, Issue 36, 2016.

‘New Primitives Exhibition Review – Stock rooms Kyneton’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 55 Issue 3 (Nov 2016), p. 109

‘The Rule of Three: Marianne Huhn’s Three Decades of Ceramics Practice’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 55 Issue 2 (July 2016), p. 121

‘Potier – the end of a retail paradigm of excellence’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 55 Issue 1 (April 2016), p. 73

‘A Year of Kate Jones’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 54 Issue 3 (July 2015), p. 109.

‘Blue Urchin Gallery, Trentham’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 54 Issue 2 (July 2015), p. 103.

‘Farewell Ceramics Victoria 1969-2014’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 54 Issue 1 (April 2015), p. 106.

‘A New Collective – Domestic Frontier’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 53 Issue 3 (Nov 2015), p. 107.

‘Ceramics Victoria Annual Exhibition on Herring Island, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 53 Issue 2 (July 2015), p. 109.

‘Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 53 Issue 1 (April 2014), p. 138.

'Is that all there is? A talk about exhibiting ceramics,' Garland Magazine, 2014 https://www.craftunbound.net/opinion/is-that-all-there-isndasha-talk-about-exhibiting-ceramics

‘All together now… and for ever and ever – the Danaher Lane Studios, North Melbourne’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 52 Issue 3 (Nov 2013), p. 126.

‘Workshop-aholic – Reflection on workshop by conservator Penny Byrne’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 52 Issue 2 (July 2013), p. 138.

A Concurrence of Potters, Landscape and Passion – Potters Cottage A Tribute Exhibition by Grace Cochrane, Ceramics Art & Perception, No. 93, 2013, pp. 1-6

‘The Bluestone Collection – a Melbourne tale’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 50, Issue 1, (April 2011), pp. 98-99

Guest Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 50, Issue 1, 2011. Generating twelve articles of content for the theme Clay and Body.

‘Cow’s Eye View’, Ceramics Victoria, (Feb 2011).

‘Review of Anna Davern’s exhibition Buena Vista’, Craft Culture, online journal, 2008

‘The Master-Slave Dialectic Work by David Ray’, Exhibition Catalogue, Craft Victoria, (Nov 2006)

‘The Master-Slave Dialectic Work by David Ray’, Object Magazine, Issue 52 (July 2007)

‘Beaut – Exhibition by Anna Davern’, Object Magazine, Issue 49 (July 2006)

‘Stained by Mary-Louise Edwards’, Exhibition Catalogue, Craft Victoria, (2006)

‘Man Made- Exhibition by Andreas Tesch’, Craft Culture, online journal, 2008.

‘Gwen Hanssen Pigott: A survey 1955 – 2005, NGV’, Object Magazine, Issue 48 (March 2007).

‘Silent Conversations Biggi Spiro exhibition at Craft Victoria’, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume Issue 2 (April 2005).

‘Re:Turn exhibition by Manon Van Kouswijk at Gallery Funaki’, Craft Culture, online journal, (2004).


PhD Research

I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate at RMIT University in the School of Art.

Title:
Compressing atmospheres/affect into solids: the potential of an expanded ceramic practice

Exploring the following questions:

How can the action of compression be used as a creative methodology to generate objects in correspondence with clay, adjacent malleable materials, and the body of the maker? 

How can body and site make and artwork? 


Ceramic Exhibition Blog

From 2008 to 2021 I have documented ceramic exhibitions and works of art that have sculptural qualities that challenge my interests in the effect of human touch on material and the materiality of clay, the history of ceramics, and artistic response sto place or site. 

Since the pandemic my energy and commitment to this document has waned...stay tuned for more entries or reflect on the past.

Robyn Phelan, It Never Rains, 2016, hand-formed & painted porcelain with oxides & stains


Press

Articles

2016

Cai, S 2016, ‘Embrace a Little Wonkiness’, Wonky Exhibition Catalogue

2013

O'Dwyer, R 2013, Delivering the Long Look, Journal of Australian Ceramics, Issue 522, (July 2013), pp.71-74.

2012

Ballard, B., The Narrative Knot, Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 88, p. 28-33

2011

Wedd, G 2011, ‘The Narrative Knot Stories in Ceramics’, Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 50 Issue 3, (Nov 2011) pp.