Gallery showcases important Queensland potters
Wednesday 21 March 2012 Share FacebookDelicious Email

Phillip McConnell | Dish c.1982 | Ceramic Porcelain, wheelthrown and carved with five circular floral motifs beneath clear glaze | Gift of Phillip and Barbara McConnell in memory of Dr Carl McConnell, OAM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2006 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

The latest exhibition to open in the Gallery’s Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery is a father and son exhibition of pottery.

A joint exhibition of Queensland father and son potters Carl and Phillip McConnell’s work will be on display at the Gallery until June 24, 2012 and recognises the important place the two potters hold in the history of pottery in Australia.

Carl McConnell was the most important potter of the post-World War Two generation in Queensland, and is credited with introducing stoneware and porcelain to the state.

Phillip McConnell, Carl’s eldest son, followed in his father’s footsteps, establishing an equally significant career.

Carl’s technical innovations in pottery glazing, such as his completely unique ‘Pinjarra plum’ (reduced iron) glaze, placed him in the company of other leading Australian potters of the time including Les Blakebrough, Col Levy and Ivan McMeekin.

This new exhibition presents 60 studio ceramics including vessels, bowls, vases and objects, spanning the extensive careers of both artists and draws on the Gallery’s extensive collection of McConnell pottery, much of which was gifted from Carl McConnell following the exhibition ‘Carl McConnell: Master Potter’ in 1986 at the Queensland Art Gallery. Phillip McConnell also gave work generously in 2006 in honour of his father who died in 2003.

A number of key works are featured in the exhibition including Carl McConnell’s Celadon bowl (1980) which the artist considered to be one of his major works; a large Carl McConnell vase with ‘Pinjarra plum’ glaze (1980) and Phillip McConnell’s blossom jar (1981) featuring Japanese gold-inlay effects.

Carl McConnell | Vase with hidasuki marks c. 1975 | Ceramic Stoneware, thrown, tied with salt-soaked straw and fired in the Bizen technique | Gift of Carl and Bunny McConnell 1987 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Carl McConnell | Bowls c. 1980 | Ceramic Porcelain, wheelthrown with crackled celadon and iron rim glaze | Gift of Miss Pamela Bell 1993 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Phillip McConnell | Blossom jar c. 1978 | Ceramic Stoneware, wheelthrown with incising, applied clay decoration and Shino glaze | Gift of Phillip and Barbara McConnell in memory of Dr Carl McConnell, OAM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2006 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Phillip McConnell | Large bottle 1998 | Ceramic Stoneware, wheelthrown with applied manganese slip and incised | Gift of Phillip and Barbara McConnell in memory of Dr Carl McConnell, OAM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2006 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

3 commentsSubmit yours
  1. Love the McConnell pottery. My husband, an electrician, wired the first electrical kiln at the Pinjarra Hills Studio of Carl McConnell.

  2. Hello, do you have an exhibition catalogue for this?

    thank you

    Tanya Wilson

  3. Hi Tanya. Yes, there is an 8 page illustrated brochure available for purchase online or at the Gallery Store called ‘Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland Studio Potters’. Here is a link for more info http://www.australianartbooks.com.au/books/products/carl_and_phillip_mcconnell_queensland_studio_potters | Regards QAGOMA

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