aboutpicLES BLAKEBROUGH

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 Takeichi & Kanjiro Kawai in Japan before returning to Australia to become Director of the Sturt Workshops. From 1996 to 2010 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.

In December 2010 he moved to Sydney.

In 2011 he purchased a house at Coledale on the south coast of NSW.

Professional activities

2013                AM in Australian Honours List

2012                Established Studio at Coledale NSW

2008                Tasmania Senior Australian of the Year

2005                Member International Academy of Ceramics.

1996 – 2010     Principal Research Fellow, Ceramic Research Unit, University of Tasmania

1989 – 1996     Associate Professor and Head, Ceramic Studio, Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart, University of          Tasmania

 

Solo exhibitions – small selection

2014     A Fine White Line Porcelain Sabbia Gallery Paddington NSW

My Place new porcelain Sturt Gallery Mittagiong

My Place new porcelain BMG Gallery Adelaide South Australia

2012    Les Blakebrough Porcelain Beaver Gallery Canberra ACT

2010    The Fifth Decade Exhibition Sabbia Gallery Paddington NSW November

The Fifth Decade Exhibition Bett Gallery Hobart Tasmania October

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

Group exhibitions

2015    Of National Significance Sturt Gallery Mittagong NSW

2010    Hobart City Art Prize Exhibition Hobart Tasmania

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 + Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Imperial Palace Collection, Tokyo, Japan

National Museum of Applied Art, Oslo, Norway

Royal Palace Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Consultancy and commissions

2005    Flora Tasmanica Limited Edition Porcelain to HRH Princess Mary of Denmark

2002    Vice-Chancellor’s Southern Ice porcelain dinner set, University of Tasmania

1990    University of Tasmania Centenary Fountain

Awards

1998–1999       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

1998–2000      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

 

Bibliography

2010    Les Blakebrough 80th Birthday Exhibition a Bett Gallery Monograph

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