New ceramicists don’t care to be cool

What is driving the rediscovery of ceramics, their renewed collectability and place in the museum environment?
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Burn Baby Burn, Art Month Sydney talks about the rise of contemporary ceramics. Credit: Emily Hunt, Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and The Commercial Gallery, Sydney. Photo by Brenton McGeachie.

It is not surprising as part of this year’s Art Month Sydney, ceramics was going to be a topic of discussion. The festival’s artistic Director Glenn Barkley, who has recently come to the medium himself as an artist and is a member of the Claypool studio collective, openly admitted that his curatorial position allowed him to indulge his interests.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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