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.
Curated by Glenn Cooke, Research Curator Queensland Heritage, QAG, this new exhibition presents 60 studio ceramics including vessels, bowls, vases and objects, spanning the extensive careers of both artists.
The exhibition 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.