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Les Blakebrough

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Company Description: Craft Australia has been championing Australian contemporary craft and design practice since 1971. Over this time Craft Australia has responded to changes in the...   more

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Liz Williamson: Living Treasure 2008, 28 June 2015 [cached]
2005: Les Blakebrough
Les Blakebrough: Biography, 28 June 2015 [cached]
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2005: Les Blakebrough
Les Blakebrough: Biography
Interview with Les Blakebrough
Les Blakebrough's website
In a career spanning five decades, Les Blakebrough has become one of Australia's most acclaimed and influential ceramic artist.
His body of work has ranged from earthy functional wares to more recent, delicate forms. The ethereal beauty of these later works emphasises the translucency and fragility of the Southern Ice Porcelain he trademarked and spent more than five years developing.
His passionate research and development of the techniques and materials of ceramics have led him on journeys of discovery from studying with master potters in Japan in the 1960s to working with leading manufacturers of industrial ceramics in Scandinavia in the 1990s.
Blakebrough has made an extraordinary contribution to visual art, craft and design in Australia as a practitioner, teacher, mentor and visionary advocate.
He has been Director of Sturt Pottery and the Sturt Workshops, a founding member of the Crafts Board of the Australia Council, Head of Ceramics at the Tasmanian School of Art and a Principle Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania.
He has been awarded numerous awards and commissions and his works are held in all major public collections in Australia and in many others around the world.
IXL Design, 12 April 2007 [cached]
Les Blakeborough
Les Blakeborough is widely regarded as one of this country's foremost ceramicists.Les started out as a painter but made the switch in 1955/6.Les was apprenticed to Ivan McMeeking at Sturt Pottery in NSW and later managed this pottery.
In 1963 Les took a year's sabbatical in Japan.
In 1973 he moved to Tasmania to establish a ceramic department at the University of Tasmania.
Over the next decade he received a string of awards from private practice, group shows and a gold medal at Faenza in Italy.
Les returned to the University in 1989 as an Associate Professor, heading up the Ceramic Department and establishing the Ceramic Research Unit.A Churchill Fellowship led to more work internationally with Royal Copenhagen Porcelain in Denmark, Arabia, Finland and with Royal Worcester in England.
The development of Southern Ice Porcelain Clay is well known and IXL Design is pleased to be able to stock fine examples of Les's work in this medium.
Although ‘retired' Les continues to head up the Ceramic Research Unit and has offered the following stanza from the poet Rosemary Dobson as having an enduring real impact:
Axia Modern Art: Transmetropole, 23 Dec 2009 [cached]
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Les Blakebrough's body of work has ranged from functional ware to delicate forms of 'ethereal beauty' that are etched to 'emphasize the translucency and fragility' of Southern Ice porcelain. Blakebrough has developed and trademarked this high-temperature, translucent porcelain clay, which is now exported to America, United Kingdom, France and Germany. His work ranges from earthy functional wares to more recent, delicate forms.
Les Blakebrough is one of Australia's leading ceramic artists specialising in porcelain, industrial processes and exhibition pieces. British-born Blakebrough migrated to Australia in 1948 at the age of 18 and after serving an apprenticeship at Sturt Pottery at Mittagong, studied with a number of potters in Japan. He returned to Australia to become Director of the Sturt Workshops. Since 1996, he has been Principal Research Fellow of the Ceramic Research Unit at the University of Tasmania, which has formed a company to manufacture and market his products. Blakebrough has made an extraordinary contribution to visual art, craft and design in Australia as a practitioner, teacher, mentor and visionary advocate and in 2005 he was recipient of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft Award from Craft Australia.
Les Blakebrough's work is housed in the collections of all Australian State and Territory galleries as well as the collections of the Australian Embassy, Peking, China; Commonwealth Collection, London; Crafts Council of Australia, Sydney; Government House, Canberra; Imperial Palace Collection, Tokyo, Japan; International Museum of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy; National Bank of Austria, Vienna; National Museum of Applied Art, Oslo, Norway; Reserve Bank of Australia, Melbourne; Australian National University; Royal Palace Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark; Official Tasmanian Gift, HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Devonport Regional Gallery - LES BLAKEBROUGH: CERAMICS, 18 Oct 2009 [cached]
Artist: Les Blakebrough
The Devonport Regional Gallery was showing Les Blakebrough: Ceramics. The exhibition is part of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft touring series and was presented by Object Gallery in collaboration with Craft Australia.
The exhibition represented a different series of works made from a unique clay developed through a research project the artist spent years working on. Blakebrough's research involved testing a range of types of kaolin clay looking at plasticity, shrinkage, warping, iron content and translucency to produce a world class product that he named 'Southern Ice'; it is now marketed to ceramicists' world-wide.
Les Blakebrough was born in England and came to Australia in 1948. Since arriving in Tasmania he has assisted in the development of artist-in-residency projects, summer schools, guest lecture tours, apprenticeships and research developments.
Les is regarded as one of Australia's leading ceramic artists; his work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all Australian State galleries and many international collections, including the British and Danish Royal collections.
The exhibition was supported by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania, the University of Tasmania through the Office of the Vice Chancellor, and Object's National Exhibitions Strategy funded by the Australia Council.
Les Blakebrough, photo Lynda Warner
Les Blakebrough: Ceramics Exhibition
Les Blakebrough, photo Lynda Warner
Les Blakebrough: Cermaics Exhibition
Les Blakebrough: Ceramics opening
Les Blakebrough: Ceramics opening
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