May 6-28 STILL by Tara Shackell
Opening night Friday May 5 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: May 6-28 2017
381 Sydney Road
Tara Shackell is a ceramicist based in Melbourne, Australia. She works in clay to produce quiet, considered objects for everyday use.
Still is an exploration of still life, shifting the purpose of bowls and vases from use to contemplation. Tonal gradation and repetition of a limited palette of whites, pinks and iron grey is used to create interactions between individual pieces.
Each pot is made intuitively. As an object is thrown on the wheel, every change in angle affects the overall shape. Subtle variations in colour are achieved through layering with slips and glazes, placement in the kiln and variation of firing atmospheres.
Tara is interested in the relationship of objects within a group, the spaces between things and the way that this affects the way we see the objects both as a group and separately.
Tara Shackell works in clay to produce quiet, considered objects for everyday use. Her pots are thrown on the wheel, with a focus on simplicity and materiality.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) at the Victorian College of the Arts, she went on to complete a Diploma of Art (Ceramics) at Box Hill TAFE.
Tara makes ceramic tableware including bowls, plates and beakers as well as vases and planters. These pieces explore the relationship between form and surface through the subtle interaction between clay and glazes.
Her current work focuses on creating simple, functional objects that express tranquillity, quietness and space.