19 September to 7 November 2020

EXTRACTS is a Noosa Regional Gallery curated exhibition of new works by internationally-recognised Sunshine Coast based ceramicist Rowley Drysdale.

Curated by Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan, EXTRACTS represents a selection of recent works that reference the artists’ practical and conceptual approaches to making;

“I like to acknowledge history, especially technical history, in the construction of my work. In summary, I look for comfortable dynamic forms that carry surfaces which together constitute a sense of elegant survival.” – Rowley Drysdale

About the Artist

Rowley Drysdale is an artist working primarily in ceramics, sculpture and mixed media assemblages. Born in western Queensland in 1957, he is known as one of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists. His practice spans four decades of interest in ceramics, especially wood fired work utilising glaze on functional forms, and the development of unique high fired glazes. He has a Master of Arts (Research) from Monash University.

Rowley has also been a highly respected tertiary educator of visual arts in Queensland for more than 30 years. Once a qualified journalist, he is also a published writer and has contributed to industry journals both in Australia and internationally.

In 2000, Rowley established Quixotica Art Space on the Sunshine Coast, designing and constructing a small art precinct consisting of a number of studios, several kilns, a gallery and other buildings. Here he has established his own creative space, runs workshops and hosts visiting artists.

He has long been recognised as an ambassador for Australian ceramics and has forged significant relationships with other renowned international potters, particularly in South Korea. Rowley has worked and exhibited widely in other countries including Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Finland and New Zealand, He is a vocal advocate for handmade objects, craftsmanship and innovation.



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Main image: Rowley Drysdale, Iron Blue large orb – pale (detail). Courtesy of the artist.