Ceramics CV

Permanent Address
40 Whiteman Creek Road
Whiteman Creek
via GRAFTON NSW 2460
Tel.Fax/ (61) (0) 2 66449685
Email: geoff.crispin@gmail.com

Web: www.geoffcrispin.com.au

Born 27/4/51
1978-79 Master of Science, University of NSW
1969-75 Bachelor of Science (Tech), Industrial Arts (Ceramics), University of NSW
2000-1 Master of Education, Southern Queensland University
2006 Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

Other professional training
A number of "in house' training opportunities in teaching, evaluation and train the
trainer courses. Including working in cross cultural environments.
Holder of First Aid certificate

Professional affiliations
Exhibiting member, Australian Ceramics Association.
Member, Australian Ceramic Society

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney
2012 Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney

2010-2012 "Form Fire and Fruition" Survey show, travelling exhibition, NSW, ACT & Queensland

2009 John Freeland Gallery, Sydney

2005 Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney
1997 Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane
1996 Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
1994 Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane
1991 Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
1987 Bolivar Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

Selected Exhibitions
2017 "South 26" Smoke on the Water, Cooroy Qld

2005 "ConVerge" Touring exhibition of ceramics from the North Coast of NSW, Australia. 13 venues over 3 years
2005 "National Woodfire Survey Exhibition", Canberra Potters gallery.
2004 "Drinking Vessels" Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne
2004 "Paprika Coloured Country", Framed Gallery, Darwin.
2004 "Bowled and Beautiful", Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney
2004 "Teapot Show", Inner City Clayworkers Gallery, Sydney
2003 " Slice of Heaven", Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney
2003 "10/6" Ten conferences 6 survivors National ceramics conference Bendigo Vic.
1999 "Generous vessel" Object Galleries, Sydney
1998 "Fraternal Fire" with Robert Barron, Beaver Gallery, Canberra
1997 Wood-Fired Pottery. University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba, Qld.
1996 "National Woodfire Survey" National Ceramics Conference, Canberra.
"Teapot Show" Innercity Clayworkers Gallery, Sydney.
1994 "Interiors", Craft Australia Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia
"North Coast Woodfirers", Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney (Co-ordinator & exhibitor)
"North Coast Woodfire", toured southern NSW and Victoria
(Co-ordinator & exhibitor)
1993 "Woodfirers", Queensland Potters Association, Brisbane
National Potters Conference Speakers Exhibition, Adelaide
"North Coast Woodfire", toured throughout Queensland
1992 "North Coast Woodfire", toured Northern NSW, southern Queensland and Sydney
Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
1991 "Plates & Platters, Frame Centre Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
1989 "10 Years of Crafts at Seelands", retrospective group exhibition at Grafton,
Lismore & Tweed Regional Galleries (Co-ordinator & exhibitor)
"Woodfire 93", Three Ways Gallery, Gulgong, and Orange Regional Gallery
1972-97 Participated in numerous other group exhibitions throughout Australia.


"Remote Comunities Ceramic Network" Ceramics Technical No 30 2010

'Symbiotic Relationships within a never ending journey', Australian Ceramics Online April 2010
"A short history of stoneware bodies associated with my work", The Logbook,No 40
"Tales from West Timor" Ceramics Technical. No 27, 2008
"Tiwis at Whiteman Creek", Australian Ceramics, Vol 46/2 pp 2007
"ConVerge"Craft Arts, Vol 70, 2007
"ConVerge", Australian Ceramics, Vol 45/2 pp 24-28, 2005
"Firing the Whiteman Creek Kiln", Ceramics Technical, pp48-54, Vol 20, 2005
"Lost in the Flames for over 30 Years" The LOGBOOK, Ireland, No 19 2004
"Rebuilding Whiteman Creek Kiln", Ceramics Technical, pp104-108, Vol 18, 2004.
"Pottery in Australia"
- Many others before these Volumes.
- "Contemporary Jamaican Potters" (Vol.27/1)
- "Dreams & Reality" (Vol.28/3)
- "Sandra Taylor" (Vol.29/4)
- "The Flame & the Fire" (Vol.31/2)
- "Studio Training" (Vol.32/4)
- " Postcard From Gondar I & II", ( Vol.34/4, Vol.35/1)
- " Trial by Fire", (Vol.35/3)
- Postcard from PNG (Vol 38/4, 2000)
Several articles in "Periphery", "Ceramic Review", "Crafts Arts International", "Ceramics Technical", "The Log Book", newspapers and various ceramics newsletters in Australia and overseas.

My work discussed in books: "Craft Australia Yearbook, 1985"
"Pottery by Janet Mansfield, 1986
"Ceramic Artists, Galleries", 1990
"Ceramic Art & Perception", 1993
" Craft Arts International", 1996
"Woodfired Ceramics" 2000

"The Art of Woodfire-Contemporary Ceramic Practice 2011

National Gallery, Jamaica 1989
Hardingham Collection, Jamaica 1988
Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah 1992, 1994
Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010,2011.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery 1998
Artbank 1994
Numerous private collections in Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand, USA, Canada and the UK.

Contributions to Conferences

Ceramics Trienale, Sydney 2010

Smart Works-Design and the Hand Made, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 2007
National Ceramics Conference Brisbane 2006
National ceramics conference, Bendigo, 2003
National ceramics Conference, Perth WA, 1999
National Ceramics Conference, Canberra, 1996.
Aberyswyth International Potters Festival, Wales UK, 1995
Contributed to most Australian National Ceramics conferences as Chairperson of sessions, and as a panellist since 1978.
Woodfire 89 and Woodfire 92.
NCECA conference, Syracuse, NY, USA. 1987

Professional development
Co curator of "ConVerge" exhibition of North Coast of NSW ceramics. Travelling 2006-2009 throughout NSW and Queensland. Funded by NSW Ministry of the Arts, Visions Australia, Gordon Darling Foundation, Arts Northern Rivers and numerous other interested parties.

Curator of combined Ernabella Arts and Tiwi Islands ceramic exhibition at The National Ceramics Conference in Brisbane 2006.

Assisted with exhibition of "Tiwi Pottery" retrospective of Eddie Puruntatameri (the first aboriginal studio potter), at Parliament House 1996

Co-ordinator of "North Coast Woodfire" travelling exhibition (funded by the Australia Council)

Member of Grafton Regional Gallery Management Committee (1992-96)

Member of the Expert Advisory panel, CASM 2001-2003

1997 Merit Award Gold Coast Ceramic Award Exhibition
1996 "Teapot Show", Inner City Clayworkers Gallery
1991-94 Ceramic Award, Woolgoolga Art Exhibition
1989 Highly Commended, Gold Coast Ceramic Award
1988-89 Ceramic Award, Woolgoolga Art Exhibition
1979 Workshop Development Grant, Crafts Board, Australia Council

Personal statement
My work reflects my pre-occupation with exploring and developing local raw materials wherever possible, trying to bring out and enhance their inherent qualities.

Current work is a synthesis of technology, raw materials and various production methods (throwing, slip casting and slab building). The pots combine a porcelain body (carved) with ash, blue and green celadon, copper red and chun glazes. The pale greens of both celadon and ash glazes contrast with the warm flashes from the wood kiln on the porcelain body generated by the impurities in the materials reacting to the vageries of wood firing to create a very personal means of expression.

In the last few years I have started to revisit stoneware and iron bearing glazes. This has been promted by the use of a local rock which forms the basis of most of the darker glazes and is used in the stoneware body as a flux


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