White Heat 2009

"Every person has a different history with a different set of memories, which influences how they interpret everything around them. Some memories we long for to fade. Others, we try to hold on to forever. Over time, our memories become slightly translucent, like the pale white of the porcelain." — Kenji

White Heat: [ n. an extreme heat that stretches the limits of the safety and familiarity ] Coinciding with the Australian Ceramics Triennale 2009, the Australian Ceramics Association’s Biennial Exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, White Heat was curated by Dr Julie Bartholomew: "Transformative practices that move beyond the object of utility, often take risks that propel the maker and viewer into unfamiliar territory. White Heat offers a space for discourses of social, political and cultural concern. The articulation of issues that may be personal or affect others has a strong presence in recent ceramic history and is often manifest with an understanding of clay, its materiality and process. Exploring ideas, while refusing to jettison matter, encapsulates a challenge to the modernist separation of meaning, making and materiality. Boundary-crossing practices such as these are engaging, and extend into risky territory, embracing the slippage between the domains of art, craft and design while confronting the topical, the contentious and the unexpected. Your concerns may be the human condition, the environment, consumerism or a critique of ceramics practice. What risks do you take through your practice?" Dr Julie Bartholomew