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Les Blakebrough - Curriculum Vitae (October 2010)

Les Blakebrough, one of Australia’s leading ceramic artists, is represented in many galleries in Australia and overseas including all Australian State galleries, the Australian National Gallery and the Royal Palace Collection Copenhagen Denmark. He has held dozens of solo exhibitions throughout Australia and is the recipient of numerous awards including a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy.

British-born Blakebrough migrated to Australia in 1948 at the age of 18 and after serving an apprenticeship at Sturt Pottery at Mittagong, studied with Kawai Takeichi in Japan before returning to Australia to become Director of the Sturt Workshops. Since 1996, he has been Principal Research Fellow of the Ceramic Research Unit at the University of Tasmania, which has formed a company to manufacture and market his products.

Professional activities
2008 Tasmania Senior Australian of the Year
2005 Member International Academy of Ceramics.
1996 Principal Research Fellow, Ceramic Research Unit, University of Tasmania
1989–1994 Associate Professor and Head, Ceramic Studio, Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart, University of Tasmania
Solo exhibitions
2010 The Fifth Decade at Sabbia Gallery Paddington NSW
The Fifth Decade at Bett Gallery Hobart Tasmania
2009 New Porcelain at BMG Art Adelaide
New Porcelain at AXIA Melbourne (Nov ’09)
2008 Living Treasures” tour Tweed Region Gallery/ Port Macquarie Gallery/
Queen Victoria Meseum & Art Gallery Launceston / Noosa Region Art Gallery Q
2007 The New Porcelain Primavera Cambridge UK
2006 ‘Living Treasures” tour / Bathurst / Form-WA / Hawkesbury / Craft ACT/ TMAG
The New Porcelain Beaver Gallery ACT
The New Porcelain Bett Gallery Hobart
“Flora Tasmanica” Botanic Gardens Gallery ACT
2005 Object Gallery Sydney Survey Exhibition ‘Living Treasures”
LB Porcelain Sabbia Gallery Sydney
“Flora Tasmanica” Botanic Gardens Gallery Sydney
2002 Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart;
Ceramic Art Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales
Group exhibitions
2007 Smart Works Design & the Handmade PowerHouse Museum Sydney
2006 Artbank Celebrating 25 Years of Australian Art State & Regional Galleries
Surface Connections Manningham Gallery Victoria
International Ceramic Award Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2004/5 Surface:Beneath& Beyond A Tasmanian Touring Exhibition.
2002 Material Culture, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;
Ritual of Tea, Jam Factory, South Australia & regional gallery tour
2001 Response to the Island, Ten Days on the Island Festival, Long Gallery, Hobart
1999 Contemporary Australian Craft to Japan – Hokkaido, Takaoka & Shiga, & Customs House, Sydney

Public collections

All Australian State and Territory galleries + National Gallery Australia, Canberra

Imperial Palace Collection, Tokyo, Japan
National Museum of Applied Art, Oslo, Norway
National Bank of Austria
Royal Palace Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark



Australia Council Creative Arts Fellowship

1996–1997 Australia Council Research Fellowship
1992 Churchill Research Fellowship
1974 Gold medal, International Exhibition of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy

Research grants


Australian Research Council (ARC) Grant, Industrial processes for craft-based industry

1998–1999 ARC Grant, Porcelain clay development
1995 ARC Grant, Industrial processes for craft-based industry;
ARC Grant, Porcelain clay development
2010 The Fifth Decade. Patsy Hely & Grace Cochrane Bett Gallery momograph
2005 Les Blakebrough/Ceramics-Living Treasures Masters of Australian Craft, Holmes J Thames & Hudson
1997 ‘Flexible format kiln research’, Ceramics Technical, vol. 3, no. 3, pp.
1996 ‘Porcelain clay research’, Ceramics Technical, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 3-15
1994 ‘Research in industry’, Ceramics Art and Perception, vol. 18, pp. 3-7
1989 Les Blakebrough: Potter, Holmes, J., Bay Books, Sydney

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