Kelly Austin

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Kelly Austin is an emerging ceramic artist who was born in Vancouver, Canada and currently lives in Sandford, Tasmania. She completed her Bachelor of General Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2011 and her Master of Philosophy in Ceramics from the Australia National University, Canberra in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in curated exhibitions across Australia, Canada and The United States of America. In 2015, her work was selected for The City of Hobart Art Prize in Tasmania and the Clunes Award in Victoria. She was also the recipient of a British Columbia Creative Achievement Award in 2015. In 2016, she was a finalist in the Gold Coast International Ceramic Award and received a Development Grant through the Australia Council for the Arts to develop a new body of work for solo exhibition in 2017.


My work investigates the combination of practical and abstract forms in ceramic, still-life groupings. I am curious about the way we interpret objects and how oral and written language informs our understanding. In still life painting, forms such as a bottles or jugs refer to the domestic and practical use. However, less familiar objects such as blocks or cubes refer to geometry and abstraction. Within an image, these different forms sit together with ease. However, with three-dimensional objects, this difference is heightened because of the potential for practical use. While images of objects exist in the distant and abstract space of a painting, my ceramic objects sit in the tangible space of reality, where there are different expectations of things.

Kelly Austin - New work 2017 Kelly Austin - New Work 2016    
New work 2017 New work 2016