Jo Wood | Stanley Street Gallery

Jo Wood

In my ceramic work I test the plasticity of clay to its limit.  My method of pleating clay has me pinching, folding and pressing each small or large piece of clay.  Sometimes I use extra texture taken from old wooden batik blocks, and press the flattened clay into this before folding it.  I work quickly, gently pressing each clay piece into place.  Working this way I feel a connection to the finished piece that is enormously satisfying.

The Southern Ice porcelain I work with is very white and highly translucent.  As a result, I am continually looking for the best form to show off this translucency and the textural shadows the pleating creates.

For my lamps I am currently exploring vessel forms that might have been water carriers in the past, and transforming them into 'light carriers'.  The extreme thinness of the clay means that the forms inevitably alter in the firing process - becoming organic and unique.

Born in England, 1961, currently lives in Pymble, Sydney, NSW

Member of The Australian Ceramics Association

 

CERAMIC EDUCATION

2001-7: Certificate II through to Diploma in Ceramics, Hornsby TAFE, NSW

1997-9: Independent production of decorative ware, England

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2000 Unfolding Stories: Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex, England

2003 Breath of Fire: Hornsby TAFE, NSW

2004 ArtsNorth Exhibition: See Street Gallery, NSW

2005 ArtsNorth Exhibition: See Street Gallery, NSW

2005 Showcase Exhibition: Downing Centre, Sydney, NSW

2006 Arts North Exhibition: See Street Gallery, NSW

2006 Port Hacking Potters Group Awards: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

2006 Gosford Art Prize Exhibition: Gosford, NSW

2006 25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award: Gold Coast, QLD

2006 Showcase '06: Downing Centre, Sydney, NSW

2007 A New Beginning: Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, NSW

2008 A Fresh Perspective: Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, NSW

2008 Clay – The Cutting Edge: Craft NSW Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

2008 Pathways – Directions in Clay: Inner City Clayworkers Gallery, Glebe, NSW

2009 Head, Hand & Heart: Inner City Clayworkers Gallery, Glebe, NSW

2010 Garden Show: Inner City Clayworkers Gallery, Glebe, NSW

2011 Lucent: glowing with light: Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, NSW

2011 PROmotion: Manly Art Gallery, Manly, NSW

2012 Transferring the Image: Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, NSW

 

AWARDS & COLLECTIONS

2006 Works purchased by NSW Dept of Education & Training and presented to the Association of Scotland's Colleges

2006 Won the Josephine Ulrick Ceramic Art Award for Excellence (Acquisitive): Gold Coast International Ceramic Awards

2006 Merit Award, Port Hacking Potters Group Awards

2006 ArtsNorth Permanent Art Collection

2005 ArtsNorth Permanent Art Collection

 

PUBLICATIONS

Craft Arts International – No.83, p.14

The Journal of Australian Ceramics – 50/2 2011, p.7 & p.97

Craft Arts International – No.75, p.21

Ceramic Technical – Issue 24 2007, p.32

The Journal of Australian Ceramics – 46/1 2007, p.4

The Journal of Australian Ceramics – 45/2 2006, p.56 & p.116

The Journal of Australian Ceramics – 44/2 2005, p.36