Sally Walk

Sally Walk

Artist Profile

Biography

In her ceramic work Sally Walk uses form and texture to explore the idea of facades and the way the outer self is used to facilitate belonging. Recently, Walk as investigated the transmission of prejudices from parent to child. These negative aspects of human nature manifest in her work as spikes, spots, carving and heavy texture. Yet these markers present as organic adornments to the surface of her work. They are reminders that this transmission is a natural part of human existence. Whether we overcome these negative influences, or absorb them, they become a part of ourselves. Rather than a pessimistic outlook, there is a distinct and comforting humanness to Walk’s perspective. Expertly rendered mid-fire her sculptures have an arresting, natural tactility that invites touch and connection. Walks ceramics are totems of human nature and its foibles – and the power to sculpt our raw, foundational materials into new and varied forms.

Sally Walk is a Melbourne based ceramicist who has been working in clay for over 25 years. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Most recently at Taoxichuan in Jingdezhen China. In 2015 she was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award for Ceramics at the Florence Biennale. Her work is held in private and public institutions internationally including the Chen Ceng Ceramics Museum (China) and the Seto Cultural Glass and Ceramics Museum in Seto (Japan). Walk is also a member of the UNESCO International Academy of Ceramics (IAC).

In her ceramic work Sally Walk uses form and texture to explore the idea of facades and the way the outer self is used to facilitate belonging. Recently, Walk as investigated the transmission of prejudices from parent to child. These negative aspects of human nature manifest in her work as spikes, spots, carving and heavy texture. Yet these markers present as organic adornments to the surface of her work. They are reminders that this transmission is a natural part of human existence. Whether we overcome these negative influences, or absorb them, they become a part of ourselves. Rather than a pessimistic outlook, there is a distinct and comforting humanness to Walk’s perspective. Expertly rendered mid-fire her sculptures have an arresting, natural tactility that invites touch and connection. Walks ceramics are totems of human nature and its foibles – and the power to sculpt our raw, foundational materials into new and varied forms.

Sally Walk is a Melbourne based ceramicist who has been working in clay for over 25 years. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Most recently at Taoxichuan in Jingdezhen China. In 2015 she was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award for Ceramics at the Florence Biennale. Her work is held in private and public institutions internationally including the Chen Ceng Ceramics Museum (China) and the Seto Cultural Glass and Ceramics Museum in Seto (Japan). Walk is also a member of the UNESCO International Academy of Ceramics (IAC).

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 New works, Artifact Gallery, New York
2018 New works, Suki and Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
2016 Semblance, Suki and Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
2015 Discourse, Briagalong Gallery, Briagalong
2012 My Gippsland, Town and Country Gallery, Gippsland
2011 Art Melbourne, Art Melbourne, Melbourne
2010 Journey on Every Line, The Dog and the Owl Gallery, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2018 New Orientalia – Functionality, Spirituality, Diversity, International Academy of
Ceramics members exhibition, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2018 Free Expression, International Academy of Ceramics members exhibition,
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2018 Launching Exhibition, Ladder Art Space, Melbourne
2018 International Yaotou Kiln Ceramic Art Festival, Chen Cheng, Shanxi, China
2017 Hong Guang Zi Qi, International Ceramic Art Exhibition, Yixing, China
2016 Artisans in the Gardens, Sydney Botanical Gardens, Sydney
2016 Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney
2015 Florence Biennale, Italy
2015 New Zealand Ceramics Conference, New Zealand
2015 Changchun International Ceramics Symposium Exhibition, Changchun, China
2014 Cheongju International Biennale
2014 Contemporary Porcelain, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney
2014 International Ceramics Association Exhibition, Li Zi Yuan Ceramics Museum,
Zibo, China
2013 What’s Under the Bed? Bradley Hall Gallery, Victoria
2013 Macsabal Wanju Symposium, South Korea
2013 Fired Up, Kalakriti Gallery, Hyderabad, India
2012 International Ceramics Association Group Exhibition, Red Earth Gallery,
Vadodara, India
2012 Resident Artists Exhibition, Seto Cultural Centre, Seto, Japan
2011 Travelling LIght, Bradley Hall Gallery, Victoria
2010 International Ceramics Association Group Exhibition, Qingdao, China
2010 International Ceramics Association Group Exhibition, Zibo, China
2010 Every other Colour, Bradley Hall Gallery, Victoria
2009 Residents Exhibition, Vallauris, France

AWARDS/RESIDENCIES/GRANTS
2019 Artist residency, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2018 Martisons Ceramic Art Award (Latvia), shortlist
2017 Clunes Ceramic Art award, shortlist
2017 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, shortlist
2016 North Queensland International Ceramic Award, shortlist
2015 Lorenzo il Magnifico Award for Ceramics, Florence Biennale, winner
2014 Cheongju International Biennale (South Korea), honourable mention
2014 Gold Coast International Ceramics Art Award, shortlist
2013 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Award, shortlist
2012 Artist residency, Seto Cultural Centre AIR, Japan
2011 Shenzhen Cultural Fair (China), silver prize
2010 Shenzhen Cultural Fair (China), silver prize
2009 Artist residency, AIR Vallauris, France
1991-92 Artist residency, Meat Market Craft Gallery, Australia

ARTWORKS

  • FreedomSally Walk Freedom 2020 white mid fired clay with black clay slip, underglaze and clear glaze 74 x 35 x 35cm $3,600.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Bold OptimismSally Walk Bold Optimism 2020 white mid fired clay with black clay slip, underglaze and clear glaze 70 x 32 x 32cm $3,600.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Flattening the CurveSally Walk Flattening the Curve 2020 Black mid-fire clay, clear glaze and gold lustre 36 x 14 x 14cm $1,900.00 ENQUIRE →
  • PandemicSally Walk Pandemic 2020 Black mid-fire clay, clear glaze and gold lustre 45 x 22 x 22cm $2,200.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Uncertain timesSally Walk Uncertain times 2020 Black mid-fire clay, clear glaze and gold lustre 52 x 20 x 20cm $2,200.00 ENQUIRE →
  • AmusingSally Walk Amusing 2020 Mid Fired Keanes Raku Clay with under-glaze and clear glaze. Wheel thrown and hand-built with carved detail. 31 x 31 x 19cm $2,200.00 ENQUIRE →
  • DeterminedSally Walk Determined 2020 Stoneware Clay with under-glaze and clear glaze. Wheel thrown and hand-built with carved detail. 31 x 21 x 16cm $2,200.00 ENQUIRE →
  • ConvivialSally Walk Convivial 2020 Mid Fired Keanes Raku Clay with under-glaze and clear glaze. Wheel thrown and hand-built with carved detail. 44 x 49 x 24cm $3,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • PretentiousSally Walk Pretentious 2020 Stoneware with underglaze and glaze 56 x 57 x 27cm $3,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • BalancedSally Walk Balanced 2019 Mid-fire white raku clay with under-glaze and copper glaze 59 x 20 x 20cm $2,900.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Contrasting momentsSally Walk Contrasting moments 2019 Mid-fire white raku clay with under-glaze and copper glaze 64 x 26 x 26cm $3,300.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Layers of complexitySally Walk Layers of complexity 2019 Mid-fire white raku clay with under-glaze and copper glaze 61 x 23 x 23cm $3,300.00 ENQUIRE →

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