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PORCELAIN ART FROM THE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS OF LONDON
This article continues a series featuring some of the fascinating porcelain and glass exhibits I had the great pleasure to see during a recent visit to the UK. To view the complete series of articles with supporting photos published to-date together with information about some of the London museums visited, follow the link below.
On display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, these very rare items (items 9 to 12 as photographed in the display case) were manufactured in Meissen Germany during the very earliest years of porcelain production in Europe. The exhibits were dated c.1716-20 which is only 6 to 10 years after the Meissen factory first went into production!
There are conflicting claims, but it is generally accepted that in 1708 German alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger, after a story that reads like a thriller, was the first person to succeed in finding the formula to produce porcelain in Europe. In 1710 a factory in Meissen, Germany became the first to commercially produce porcelain in Europe.
The formula was a closely guarded secret, but gradually more factories went into production during the 18th century.
The Victoria and Albert Museum offers free entry to the public and is located in South-West London. The museum is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative art and design and houses a collection of over a reputed 2.27 million objects. For more information visit their website at: www.vam.ac.uk.
shown above: Display of early porcelain pieces and a close of up of a set of tea bowls
'ALL FIRED UP' EXHIBITION BY WAGCP
The Guild’s most recent exhibition was opened on 1st November by Mr Sam Walsh, Chair of the Australian Council for the Arts. The venue was the gallery at Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, in East Victoria Park. Porcelain on display featured modern and some traditional styles.
Among the more innovative work was an Advent Calendar by Penny Mueller which was constructed with wood to create 24 individual cells each holding a beautifully painted glass ornament painted with a festive theme (see photographs). Each cell had its own removable door.
Another highly original piece was a tile painted by Dee Credaro featuring a ‘wizard looking boy’ mounted on a very original background of aged newsprint.
A wide variety of subject matter was on display with something for all tastes! The Victoria Park Centre for the Arts is located at 12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park.
CHINA PAINTING FROM THE 1880s - TALK BY DR DOROTHY ERICKSON
The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc.) hosted a fund-raising talk presented by Dr Dorothy Erickson on 30th August at Stirling House, 49 Broadway, Nedlands. The talk, titled 'Dear Emily and the Angels in Western Australia', covers china painting in WA from 1880s to the present day. Many iconic teachers such as May Creeth, Flora Landells, Lottie Lapsley, Amy Lakides and more were showcased.
Dr Erickson was the recipient of the Heritage Council of WA's Heritage Award in 2017 for her contribution to WA Art.
shown above: Donkey Orchid Vase by Lottie Lapsley
NIKULINSKY NATURALLY Exhibition
Philippa Nikulinsky AM is a Perth-based, internationally recognised botanical and wildlife artist and is the patron of the WA Guild of China Painters. I recently had the great pleasure to visit Philippa's latest exhibition, Nikulinsky Naturally held at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia.
There were many stunning works on display. One fascinating collection was a study of 22 paintings illustrating the complete life cycle of the Banksia. There were drawings of forests and bush scenes beautifully displayed on extended rolls of Kozo paper. Also, creating a wonderfully exciting visual impact, was the work 'Budgerigars coming to drink at Desert Waterhole' a 100x590cm collage with paint.
shown above: Mistletoe Bird, 2014, by Philippa Nikulinsky
WA GUILD OF CHINA PAINTERS - 2019 EXHIBITION
The West Australian Guild of China Painters held its 2019 annual exhibition on the weekend of 4th and 5th May, the venue once again was the historic Guildford Town Hall in Guildford just north of Perth. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Aspects’.
Visitors were treated to a beautiful display of hand painted porcelain of both traditional and modern designs. In addition to the main display there was a special exhibit of vintage porcelain pieces, almost all painted by Guild members, which were also available for sale.
Members were invited to paint a collection of up to seven items for display and judging, interpreting the 2019 theme 'Aspects'.
Congratulations to the 2019 award recipients shown below.
1st prize Christine Munro for 'Visual V Complexity'
2nd prize Heather Tailor for 'Aspects of Dark and Light'
3rd prize Brenda Caelli for 'Give me a Home Among the Gum Leaves'
Highly Commended Dee Credaro for 'Horse Tales'
Best First Time Exhibitor Award went to Danka ScholtzVon Lorenz for her collection titled 'Off the Beaten Track'
President's Choice Award for 2019 went to Pam Kid for her collection titled 'Nuances of Peonies'
Shown is an outstanding piece painted by Gloria Paxman titled 'The Old Tree'. It depicts an intricate twisting tree created using various texture and techniques which sits upon a background of variegated coloured, striped, lustres. The image does not show the full beauty of this piece!
If you would like more information about the WA Guild of China Painters or to see further articles about this exhibition visit the Guild's website www.chinapainterswa.asn.au.
Gum-nut vase by Brenda Caelli
'The Old Tree' by Gloria Paxman
2019 ALBANY PORCELAIN ART WORKSHOP
The Albany Porcelain Art Workshop was held from Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th March this year in Albany. The City of Albany is a main regional centre situated on a picturesque harbour on the south coast of Western Australia.
Three classes ran concurrently and the teachers were Perth artist and tutor Judith Standing painting 'Irises', Trixie Emery now based in South Australia returning this year to paint 'Tigers' and myself developing and painting 'Wildflower Designs for Boxes'.
I would like to congratulate the Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group's President Brenda Caelli and the Committee for another very well organised and successful event. The workshop is enjoyed by both rural and city painters and is a warm, friendly event where students can indulge their love of china painting.
Information about the 2020 workshop will be posted on this website when available, usually toward the end of the year. This unique event in the West Australian china painting calendar is definitely one worth considering.
shown top: Betty painting wildflowers
right: Sturt Desert Pea box by Anne Blake
PENNY MUELLER - WAGCP GUEST DEMONSTRATOR
Talented artist Penny Mueller was guest demonstrator at the WA Guild of China Painters' meeting in April 2019. Penny demonstrated 'Life on a Small Scale - painting miniatures'.
In recent years Penny has painted some remarkable miniature exhibits, including a fully furnished dolls house and a series of miniature display cases filled with various objects. See photo (note the magnifying glass which gives the exhibits some scale). Penny shared various techniques for achieving these intricate pieces to a very appreciative audience.
ESSIE STOKES' 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
At the April meeting of the West Australian Guild of China Painters a special presentation was made to Life Member Essie Stokes who was celebrating her 100th birthday. A beautiful birthday cake and bouquet of pink roses was presented while all her fellow members sang happy birthday and wished their dear friend well.
Essie has been an active member and great supporter of the Guild since 1982. She is a past President and was honoured with Life membership in 2001.
Congratulations Essie and very best wishes from all your friends at the Guild!
MINNA GEORGE ~ MY COLLECTION
At the August 2018 meeting of the WA Guild of China Painters, local collector Minna George displayed an array of beautiful porcelain from her own collection and gave a fascinating talk about WA porcelain painting and artists.
Much of the porcelain on display dated back to the first half of the 20th Century with one piece dated 1911. The collection heavily featured local wildflowers, but also examples of West Australian birds plus a variety of other subjects.
Some of the more well-known artists represented in the collection included work from the Creeth sisters who established an art studio on St George’s Terrace, Perth at the beginning of the 1900s; the Guild’s foundation patroness, Flora Landells and the Guild’s foundation president, Amy Lakides.
Porcelain featuring WA wildflowers are much loved and sought after and Minna gave Guild members an opportunity to view some beautiful examples by artists spanning over a hundred years!
'GOLDEN REFLECTIONS - A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS' - BOOK LAUNCH
The West Australian Guild of China Painters celebrated its golden jubilee year in 2014. To mark this very special occasion Kaye MacLean and I wrote a history of china painting in Western Australia and more specifically the foundation and history of the Guild through to the present day.
The finished book, which took several years to research and write, was launched by the Hon Richard Court AC at a special reunion function for past and present Guild members and special guests held on the 2nd May, 2014 at Guildford.
image shown: former State Premier, Hon Richard Court AC at the launch of "Golden Reflections- A Celebration of 50 Years" on 2nd May, 2014 at the Guildford Town Hall.
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