Memories felt and experienced. Connections to place.
These are the driving forces behind the work.
The process of collecting is a strong human impulse.
A way of capturing or holding the essence of a place or landscape that impacts our lives.
Over the years, Avi Amesbury has collected clays, sand, wood-ash, volcanic rock ash, pumice and seaweed from specific sites that generate history, stories, and religious and spiritual narratives. She incorporates these materials into her porcelain structures in order to capture the colours, beauty and essence of country and ancient lands.
The rich surfaces of her work are accentuated by using fine white porcelain as a carrier of motifs, coloured clays, sand and ash gathered from significant places. Using porcelain in this way, not only connects the work to place, but to the history of porcelain and its capacity to incorporate materiality and meaning.
-- Avi Amesbury
Avi Amesbury received a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Ceramics), with Honours from the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art in 2002, receiving the Australian National University Lyle T. Cullen Memorial Prize. She was awarded a scholarship in 2000 through the ANU International Exchange Program and undertook studies at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Her work has won a number of awards in Australia and has been selected for national and international exhibitions including the International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Ceramica Multiplex, the Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award and the Gold Coast International Ceramics Award.
From 2010 to 2015 she was the CEO/Artistic Director of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, and was the Founder and Artistic Director of the festival, DESIGN Canberra.