Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Amanda Lawson & Craig Judd (curators), Alan Peascod: Influences & Dialogue [exhibition], Wollongong City Gallery, 4 December 2008 - 22 March 2009, National Art School Gallery, National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney, 8 July - 15 August 2009. Download catalogue here. _________________________________________________________________


Research Background

Co-curated by Amanda Lawson and Craig Judd, this exhibition presented at Wollongong City Gallery centred on ceramicist Alan Peascod’s stylistically varied and technologically brilliant career. Works by important artists who worked with, and had been influenced by Peascod, were also exhibited. The catalogue included appraisals of Peascod by leading international ceramic experts: Janet Mansfield (Australia); Graham Oldroyd (Indonesia); Owen Rye (UK); Alan Caiger-Smith (UK).

Research Contribution

Peascod was one of Australia's most critically acclaimed ceramic artists and is remembered as a leader in the development of original tactile glaze surfaces, including reduced and resinate lustre and dry glazes. This was the first exhibition to survey his entire career, as well as to acknowledge his role as an influential artist, teacher and mentor. It also located Peascod in an international context – the specifics of which had not been researched before.

Research Significance

The exhibition toured to the National Art School Gallery in 2009, where it was a major focus of the Australian Ceramics Triennial, an international conference. Its investigation of traditions and techniques, creative interaction and influence over three decades of ceramic practice was well-received by this specialist audience, it was also reviewed in ‘Art Monthly Australia’ (No 218, April 2009) by Paul Donnelly who found it ‘a marvellous opportunity to contemplate pedagogical development through the cross-pollination of ideas and influences from a master to his students’, as well as noting how brought forward hitherto under-acknowledged aspects of Peascod’s work. The online edition has had around 700 downloads.