About Vicki

small time + small space = small work

My ceramic practice is squeezed between my positions as Managing Editor of The Journal of Australian Ceramics (JAC) and Executive Officer of The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA). I am in daily contact with the ceramics community nationally and internationally, with my focus on representing the diversity of ceramics practice in Australia through our Journal and offering support to the sector via TACA’s membership services. In this rapidly changing digital world the challenge is to maintain relevance to the new ways of working, whilst also honouring the rich history of ceramics practice in Australia; www.australianceramics.com

I enjoy the rare times I spend in my studio in Botany. It is a small, quiet and peaceful space surrounded by a busy city. Nature is a constant inspiration – irregular repetition, delicate intricacies and inherent patterns that create and define the form. I enjoy the intuitive process of pinching, allowing forms to evolve as they nestle into my hand during the making. The translucency of the mid-fire porcellaneous clay body is a sought-after essential quality of the small precious forms I make. I achieve this by gently pushing natural objects, such as coral, almost through the thin walls of the vessel, leaving a thin layer between the exterior and the interior. My pinched forms are functional. They are made to be used and handled.

Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, 2006 – present
Executive Officer, The Australian Ceramics Association, 2006 – present
Event organiser, Clay Push Gulgong 2013
Curator, Back to the Table, September 2014, Sturt Gallery, NSW, Australia
Studio Artist: 1988 – current (only when time permits …)
Ceramics, photography, mosaics, textiles, printmaking, collage …

1974–77: Diploma in Art (Education), Alexander Mackie C.A.E, 4 years full-time majoring in sculpture, with minor study in textiles and jewellery.

Visual Arts Teacher (Secondary): 1978 – 1988

2016 – Sturt Winter School (pinch pots); Australian Ceramics Open Studios pinch pots, South Golden Beach
2015 – “Profiling, publishing and portfolios – a practical look at promoting yourself as an artist”; Brisbane Modern Art Gallery
2013 – “Pinch Pots and Beyond” weekend workshop, Central Coast Potters & Gold Coast Potters
2005 – 2011 Tutor with Teacher Training Australia
2003 – 2005 Tutor, Eastern Suburbs Community College – Mosaic and Art for Beginners
2003 – 2006 Sturt Summer School and Sturt Weekend Workshops
2002 – 2003 Marketing and Administrative Assistant – Digital Art Directory, Annandale
2001 – 2002 Art Gallery Assistant – Retail at “Discover Art Australia” Sydney International Airport
1996 – 2005 Secondary Art Teacher, Sydney, casual
1988 – 2006 Continued teaching by giving workshops/ lectures/ discussions on a contract basis to adults in various locations – TAFE, Ceramic Study Group, NSW Pottery Supplies, Port Hacking Potters, relating to a wide variety of Art Making – ceramics, mosaics, jewellery etc
1992, 1996, 1997: Tutor at Textile Fibre Forum, an annual textile conference featuring tutors from Australia and overseas – “Batik and Beyond”,  “Bijouterie and Beyond”.
1993 Broken Hill TAFE, Ceramic Jewellery, 2-day workshop
1989 Creative Dyeing – University of NSW Summer School
1988 Batik Workshop – Fregon Aboriginal Mission
1984 W.E.A. “Handbuilding Ceramic Forms”

Group Exhibitions

2017 Omnus Terra, NCECA, Gallery 114, 1100 NW Glisan, Portland, OR. 97209 USA
www.gallery114pdx.com; 22–25 March
2017 The White Room, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2016 The Cup Collaboration, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Melbourne VIC
2016 Square One @ ARO
2015 The Cup Collaboration, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Melbourne VIC
2015 Object: Spoon; Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT
2014 Give Me A Spoon, Atta Gallery, THAILAND
2011 Offerings, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, NSW
2010 Melting Pot, Manningham Gallery, Victoria
2009 Pourers, Collectors Cabinet, Object Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney; makers from across Australia.
Please Handle the Pots, Legge Gallery
2008 Les Tupiniers du Vieux Lyon – Potters market at Lyon + St Uze with French potters, France
2006 Clay Statements, digital, Verge Ceramic Conference Brisbane, curator Patsy Hely
2006 Harvest, The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
2003 – 2005 The Sydney Teapot Show, Inner City Clayworkers Co-operative Gallery, Glebe, Sydney
2004 Bowl’d and Beautiful, Ceramic Art Gallery, Paddington
To Be or Not To Be Jewelled, Fusions Gallery, Brisbane
The Sydney Teapot Show, Glebe
Tea, Coffee or Chocolate, Teapots 2004, Perth
Lynn + Vicki + Sophie – studio exhibition at Alexandria
The Christmas Show, Mura Gallery, Newtown, Sydney
2003 + 2005 Artisans in the Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions
2005 Tea Stories, Mura Clay Gallery
Inner City Clayworkers Gallery Co-operative Gallery

Solo / Feature Exhibitions
2002 one small red chilli – solo – ceramics, mosaics, painting
2001 Just in Time for Spring
2000 Looking Out, Looking In
1998 Practical and Precious
1997 Shimmer
1992 A Sliced View
1991 Spiral Panorama

Group Exhibitions
1989 – 2002 At least 3 group exhibitions per year, including The Vase Show
1989 – 2002 The Sydney Teapot Show

2003 – current: The Potters’ Society of Australia / The Australian Ceramics Association
1989 – 2002 Member of the Inner City Clayworkers Gallery Co-operative Ltd., Glebe

2006 – current  … Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
2005 The Journal of Australian Ceramics, 44/2, July 2005; “Domestic Scale”
1998 Pottery in Australia, 37/1, Autumn 1998; Review: “Shimmer”
Pottery in Australia, 37/4, Dec 1998; Profile: “A Sense of Hand”


2016   India – Delhi Blue Pottery Trust, Ceramic Tales Lectures Series; Publishing, Pots & Passion
2013  ICMEA (International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association) conference, Fuping, China
2013  When Push Comes to Shove – writing/editing/getting published: Coll Minogue, Elaine O.Henry, Jan Howlin and Vicki Grima
2007 + 2010 International Ceramic Magazine Editors Conference, Fuping, China; Ceramics in Australia – a pictorial survey
2007 ClayEdge, Gulgong; Promoting your Work: panel

3 thoughts on “About Vicki

  1. Hi Vicki
    I am very impressed with your work. I am a pensioner and would like to occupy myself with mosaic design. Could you suggest where I can get broken porcelain pieces for my work?
    With Regards

  2. Pingback: The Cup Collaboration | Musing About Mud

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