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The Ceramic Collection of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Manly Art Gallery & Museum (MAG&M) has been actively collecting Australian ceramics since 1968, tracing the development of styles and techniques in Australia since 1945. 

The collection is evolving into one of Australia's most significant ceramic resources. Over 330 works in the collection by over 140 artists represent the diversity of techniques, aesthetics and artistic practice within the broad field of ceramics - from traditional wood-fired, salt-glazed and oxide-treated works and pieces influenced by Japanese and Chinese ceramics, through to contemporary, post-modern works. Further showing the variety of ceramics, there are also functional, decorative and sculptural styles of ceramics represented. 

Among the first works to enter the collection was a piece by Peter Rushforth 'Jug', a stoneware with salt glaze piece, purchased from the 1968 Ceramics Exhibition.

CoverOver 40 years later, the ceramics collection includes now works by many important Australian ceramic artists including Shona Wilson, Les Blakebrough, Angela Valamanesh, Amanda Shelsher, Malina Monks, Bill Samuels, Lex Dickson, Bill Kelly and Liz Williams, and overseas artists who spent time in Australia and contributed significantly to contemporary ceramics, such as Shigeo Shiga, Brian Truman, Shunichi Inoue, Mark Heidenreich, Harry Davis and Len Castle.

In 1985, MAGAM's growing collection was finally able to be displayed permanently in a dedicated room. The Lady Askin Ceramics Room was  was made possible through The Lady Askin Bequest some years earlier. Works from the collection are now on changing display.

The Gallery hosts biennial exhibitions of contemporary Australian ceramics by members of the Australian Ceramics Association (formerly the Potters Society of Australia), from which the Gallery purchases works. The Gallery also receives donations from benefactors and artists which help develop the collection further.

See images and descriptions of all ceramics works held by MAG&M, listed alphabetically by the artist's last name in these sub-pages.

  Artists A - D


   Les Blakebrough
   Platter, 1968
   9 x 48 cm

  Artists  E - L

   Gwyn Hanssen Piggot
   Small teapost still life, 2001
   16 x 41 cm
   7 Limoges porcelain pieces

  Artists M - P


   Malina Monks
   Cane plaques Continuum / body
   Deep stoneware paper clay

   Artists R - S

   Peter Rushforth
   Blossom jar, 1991  
   29 x 23 cm
   Stoneware, chun glaze

  Artists T - Z

   Pru Venables
   Black Group - 4 pieces, 2006/07
   Limoges porcelain


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