CV

 

Qualifications

2019 - current

Master of Research Candidate, (Commonwealth Supported Place), RMIT University

2004 – 2010    

Bachelor of Fine Art (Ceramics), RMIT University

1997

Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Art (Art Curatorship and Museum Management), University of Melbourne

1983-1987

Bachelor of Education (Arts and Crafts), Melbourne College of Advanced Education (MCAE)

 

Awards & Grants

2019 Higher Degree by Research Travel Grant (HDRTG), RMIT University
2011 Australia Council ArtStart Grant            
2011 Scholarship Recipient, RMIT Honours Endowment Travelling Scholarship
2011 RMIT University Ceramics Honours Award for Excellence
2010 RMIT Ceramics Honours Student Award
2009 Ge & Ge Sponsors Award, Ceramics Victoria 40th Anniversary Exhibition
2007 Mary and Lou Senini Student Art Award, McClelland Art Gallery
2007 Clayworks Ceramics Award for Excellence, RMIT
2007 George Alexander Foundation Grant, RMIT
2006 Siemens RMIT Fine Arts Scholarships    

 

Exhibitions

2020 Wyndham Art Prize, Shorlisted, Wynham Art Gallery 
2019

Conversation with a Landscape, Vitrine Gallery, Craft Victoria

2012

Ain't No Mountain High Enough-Milestones for Two Centuries of Women Climbers, Mailbox 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

 

Selected Group Exhibition

2020

Tarkine in Motion 2020: Frontlines, Bob Brown Foundation Exhibition,

Long Gallery, Hobart     

 

The Talking Ornament, Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne Design Week                                 2020

2019

Presenters Exhibition, Princes Wharf One, Hobart

2018

Material Memories, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

 

Finalist, Kyltie Pate Award, Mansfield

2017

Finalist, Craft Award, Craft, Melbourne
Finalist, Klytie Pate Award

2016

Wonky, Curated by Sophia Cai & Caitlin Shearer, Tinning Street Presents, Brunswick.

2015

Storm in a Teacup, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, curated by Wendy Garden
  Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria
  Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, MC3 Art Gallery, judges by Robert Reason, Curator of European & Australian Decorative Arts, Art Gallery f South Australia

2014        

the course of objects: the fine line of inquiry at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, an Australian Ceramics Association Biennial Exhibition

2012

28th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award
  Tooth and Nail: Cross Cultural Influences in Contemporary Ceramics, a RMIT, NETS (Victoria) and Chinese Museum (Melbourne) International and National Touring Exhibition
2011 Narrative Knot, Manly Art Gallery and Museum
  RMIT Student Representative, Affordable Art Fair, Exhibition Buildings               
2010 Ceramics RMIT Student Exhibition, Carbon Black
 

Resonate, First Site Gallery

2009

Bottled, Pan Gallery

 

Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Exhibition, RMIT Gallery

 

Unearth, RMIT Graduate Exhibition, Skepsi on Swanston

 

Stirring, Skepsi on Swanston

 

Perspective, selected members exhibition, Craft Victoria

 

Ceramics Victoria 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Manningham Art Gallery

 

Pat Emery Award & Exhibition, Yarra Sculpture Gallery

2007

 Mary and Lou Senini Student Art Award for Ceramics, McClelland Gallery

 

Pat Emery Award & Members Exhibition, Paynter Gallery, Bendigo Pottery

 

Ceramics Faculty Exhibition, RMIT School of Art Gallery

2006

Siemens RMIT Fine Arts Exhibition, RMIT Gallery

 

Residency

2017 Northcote Pottery Residency     
2013 Travel to Berlin, Dresden, Munich, RMIT Honours Endowment Travelling Scholarship
2008 Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop and Experimental Sculpture Factory, China           
 

Conferences

2017 Holding Place Making Space, The Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart 
2013 Clay Push, Ceramics Conference Gulgong, NSW 
2012 Subversive Clay, 2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale, Adelaide  
2009 Australian Ceramics Triennale, Sydney               
2006 Verge 11th National Ceramics Conference, Brisbane
 

Workshops

2019

Mirrnong Minnie Bush Animals Inspired by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers

with Aunty Bronwyn Razem Razem, RMIT University

2019 Weave Down South Workshop with Maparu Weavers, CERES Environment Park              
2013 3D Collage with conservator Penny Byrne, Slow Clay Centre      
2011 Anton Reijnders, Masterclass, RMIT University
 

Media

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.

 

Professional Activity

2008-ongoing

Critical writing & publishing on contemporary ceramics & craft 

2019

Master of Ceremonies,  Holding Space Making Place Conference, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart

2018-2019

Lecturer in Ceramics - RMIT

2017

Lecturer in Objective-Based Design - Ceramics, RMIT

2014-ongoing

Victoria Wide Writer for the Journal of Australian Ceramics

Blog on contemporary ceramics lookingwithsofteyes.blogspot.com

2012-ongoing

Studio at Elm Place Studios, North Melbourne

2011

Guest Editor, Journal of Australian Ceramics, Issue 550/1

2009

Lecture 15 Days In Jingdezhen, Australian Ceramic Triennale, Sydney

2003

Project Manager, Craft Victoria 

Including creation of inaugural Scarf Festival 2003

2002

Curator of Fold, group exhibition at Craft Victoria 

2000-2001

Program Manager, Craft Victoria

1999

Touring Services Project Manager, Museums Australia (Victoria)

1997-2000

West Space Committee Committee Member (Footscray to CBD)

1996 – 1998

Assistant Registrar, National Gallery of Victoria

1988 – 1994

 Art and craft teacher, Kurunjang Secondary College, Victoria

 

Industry Membership

 

Bluestone Collection, inaugural member & Honorary Treasurer

 

Craft Victoria

 

Australian Ceramics Association

  Victorian Institute of Teaching