Philippa Gordon – Ceramics

Western Australian born Ceramic Artist Philippa Gordon creates contemporary ceramic artworks that emanate a sense of elegance and connection to the environment. Many of her pieces were born out of nostalgia for Japan, where Tokyo was home in her early twenties. With a strong sense for Japanese aesthetics and culture Philippa draws upon a reverence for nature and tradition, acknowledging three simple realities derived from the Buddhist assertion: nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is permanent. Philippa’s eclectic array of stoneware ceramic pieces are food safe, each piece being unique with impressed patterns and textures reminiscent of those seen in printed fabrics or papers.

 

Philippa Gordon – Artist Biography

Philippa (Pip) Gordon works from her home studio in Wembley Downs, Perth, Western Australia. Pip has been making, selling and exhibiting ceramics since 1997.

In 2011 Philippa Gordon Contemporary Ceramics was founded as a creative business. Contemporary Ceramics is committed to the production of gallery quality, innovative ceramics offering a wide ranging, beautifully coloured selection of one off pieces.

Philippa is the sole creator in her studio, employing a range of construction methods, clay types and colouring techniques to create each piece bearing it’s own unique qualities. Ceramics may be ordered from the gallery in any size, glaze colour or impression requested. Items may be purchased directly from the studio via studio appointment, at Art Markets, select stockists and galleries.

Philippa aims to promote ‘hands on’ learning of ceramic skills through tailor made workshops at community organisations such as child care centres, schools K-12, visits to indigenous communities, ESL centres, hospitals, prisons etc. See Workshops for further information.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Philippa Gordon is a West Australian born Ceramist (Artist) creating contemporary artworks that emanate a sense of elegance and connection to the environment. Many of her pieces were born out of nostalgia for Japan, where Tokyo was home in her early twenties. With a strong sense for Japanese aesthetics and culture Philippa draws upon a reverence for nature and tradition, acknowledging three simple realities derived from the Buddhist assertion: nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is permanent.

Philippa’s eclectic array of stoneware ceramic pieces are food safe, each piece being unique with impressed patterns and textures reminiscent of those seen in printed fabrics or papers.

Care for Ceramics:

Ceramics are oven proof by nature but require gradual heating and cooling to avoid cracking from thermal shock. Bases of items may be cleaned with a small amount of abrasive cleanser.

CURRICULUM VITAE

PHILIPPA GORDON
Born Subiaco, Western Australia. Residing in Wembley Downs WA.

EDUCATION

  • 2003 Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Secondary Art / LOTE – Japanese, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, WA.
  • 2000 Bachelor of Arts, Art (Clay and Glass), Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA.
  • 1996/97/ Advanced Diploma of Arts (Studio Ceramics)
  • 1999 WA School of Art, Design and Media, Perth Central Institute, Perth, WA.
  • 1995 Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Studies/Communications), Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA (first year studies).
  • 1990 Applied Science Biology, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA (first year studies).
  • 1988-89 Advanced Certificate of Veterinary Nursing, Bentley College of TAFE, Bentley, WA.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2000-13 Self Employed Ceramist exhibiting and selling through select WA galleries, retail stores and Art Markets.
  • 2010-13 Art Technician Senior Art Department, Hale School, Wembley Downs, WA.
  • 2003-09 Relief teaching and temporary positions in Art Specialist and Japanese Language positions, WA.
  • 1996-08 Studio Assistant to Jenny Dawson Ceramic Artist, ‘J-Shed Ceramic Studio’, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2005 Lecturer in Ceramic Sculpture. Certificate 4 Visual Art and Craft, Perth Central Institute TAFE, WA.
  • 2004 Artist in Residence ‘J-Shed Ceramic Art Studio’, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2004 Tutor – Private tuition in Ceramics, ‘J-Shed Ceramic Studio’, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2004 Bunbury Grammar School Two day Ceramic workshop (Visual Arts Foundation VAF), Bunbury, WA.
  • 2002 Challis Primary School One-day tile making workshop, Armadale, WA.
  • 2002 Instructed Ceramic Workshop for teachers (Kidogo Arthouse), Notre Dame University, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2000-02 Studio assistant to Greg James Sculptor, ‘J-Shed Sculpture Studio Gallery’, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2001 Sales assistant – technician Pottery and Art supplies, The Potter’s Market, O’Connor, WA.
  • 1999-00 Studio assistant to Pippin Drysdale, Fremantle, WA.
  • 1995 Gallery attendant Joan Campbell’s Bathers Beach Studio Gallery, Fremantle, WA.

ART MARKETS

  • 2012 Fremantle Art Centre’s Bazaar, Fremantle WA, November / December.
  • 2012 Perth Upmarket Spring, UWA, WA, September.
  • 2011 Fremantle Art Centre’s Bazaar, Fremantle WA, December.
  • 2011 Perth Upmarket Spring UWA, WA, October.
  • 2011 Perth Upmarket, Winter UWA, WA, June.
  • 2011 St Hilda’s Autumn Bazaar, Mosman Park WA, May.
  • 2010 Fremantle Art Centre’s Bazaar, Fremantle WA, December.
  • 2007 George Street Festival, Artisan Market, East Fremantle, WA.
  • 2005 Fremantle Art Centre’s Bazaar, Fremantle WA, December.
  • 2003 Fremantle Art Centre’s Bazaar, Fremantle WA, December.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, Heatcote Gallery, Melville, WA.
  • 2012 Hale School Art Exhibition, Hale School, Wembley Downs, WA.
  • 2011-12 ‘Four by Four’, Jah Roc Galleries, Margaret River, WA.
  • 2011 Hale School Art Exhibition, Hale School, Wembley Downs, WA.
  • 2011 J-Shed Artists Showcase, Greg James Sculpture Studio Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2011 City of Stirling’s Art Award and Exhibition, Stirling, WA.
  • 2010 Hale School Art Exhibition, Hale School, Wembley Downs, WA.
  • 2010 Gascoyne Biennial Art Show, Gwoondwardu Mia Cultural Centre, Carnarvon, WA.
  • 2010 Kalgoorlie Boulder Art Prize, Kalgoorlie, WA.
  • 2009 CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, South Fremantle, WA.
  • 2009 Gifted Christmas Exhibition, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA.
  • 2009 Leaning Tree Exhibition, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA.
  • 2009 ‘Beyond the Nullarbor’, Gallery Adagio, Glebe, NSW.
  • 2008 York Society Inc. Art and Craft Awards, York Town Hall, York WA.
  • 2008 CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, The Ellenbrook Gallery, Ellenbrook WA.
  • 2007 Sydney T-Pot Exhibition, Inner City Clay Workers Gallery, Glebe, NSW.
  • 2007 CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA.
  • 2006 Town of Vincent Art Award, Town of Vincent Civic Centre, Leederville, WA.
  • 2006 Sydney T-Pot Exhibition, Inner City Clay Workers Gallery, Glebe, NSW.
  • 2006 CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA.
  • 2005 Garden Affair, Old Bakery Gallery, Maylands, WA.
  • 2005 Town of Vincent Art Award, Town of Vincent Civic Centre, Leederville, WA.
  • 2005 St Hildas’ 22nd Annual Art Exhibition, Mosman Park, WA.
  • 2004 Mother and Baby at The Breast, Australian Breastfeeding Assn. 40th Birthday Art Exhibition, Tresillian Community Centre, Nedlands, WA.
  • 2004 St Hildas’ 21st Annual Art Exhibition, Mosman Park, WA.
  • 2004 Tea, Coffee or Chocolate, Old Bakery Gallery, Maylands, WA.
  • 2003 Beached, Churchlands SHS Community Exhibition, Oceanus, City Beach, WA.
  • 2003 St Hildas’ 20th Annual Art Exhibition, Mosman Park, WA.
  • 2003 Something Out of Nothing, Greg James Sculpture Studio Gallery, J-Shed Fremantle, WA.
  • 2003 High Tea, Old Bakery Gallery, Maylands, WA.
  • 2003 CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA.
  • 2002 Teasing, Old Bakery Gallery, Maylands, WA.
  • 2002 Hale School Art Exhibition and Sale, Wembley Downs, WA.
  • 2002 CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA.
  • 2002 Town of Vincent Art Award, Town of Vincent Civic Centre, Leederville, WA.
  • 2000 ‘The 100 Degree Show’ – Graduate Exhibition, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA.
  • 2000 New Generation Fourth Graduate Exhibition, Perth Studio Potters (Inc.), Cottesloe, WA.

AWARDS & COMMISSIONS

  • 2008 York Society Inc. Art and Craft Award Ceramics Highly Commended ‘Shell-Footed Crackle Glazed Platter’, York Town Hall, York, WA.
  • 2005 Town of Vincent Ceramic Sculpture Award, ‘Sugar Sugar’, Town of Vincent Civic Centre, Leederville,WA
  • 2004 ‘Sandy’s Spiral’, Warrawee Women’s Refuge, Fremantle, Commemorative Ceramic Sunflower Mural.
  • 2000 New Generation The Fourth Graduate Exhibition, Runner up Functional, ‘Trax’ Porcelain Bowls, Perth Studio Potters (Inc.), Cottesloe, WA.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2012 The West Australian, West Weekend March 17-18, Style Counsel pg 8.
    Featured Sushi Tray, Kings Park Leaves Jade glaze.
  • 2012 The West Australian, Home Liftout, Market place pg 28. Artist Interview.
  • 2006 The Journal of Australian Ceramics, In Focus WA 45 #3 Pg 66,67.
  • 2005 Artist in Focus, May, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2002 Perth New Woman Magazine, Spring Edition feature Mortar and Pestles.
  • 2001 Pottery in Australia, Published by Potters Society of Australia pg 17 ‘Incubus’ Ceramic Sculpture.

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