Kelly Austin is an emerging ceramic artist whose interest lies in the way that objects are interpreted and how the understanding of one object may influence the perception of another. In her work, Kelly explores the arrangement of ceramic objects in still life compositions, with the relationships between the individual objects weaving the constructed groups together. As she says of her pieces, “Quiet shifts in surface quality from matt to gloss enhance the work’s subtlety and detail. In reference to painting – an overall sense of resonance and softness is sought through the use of colour, tone and shadow.” Kelly’s work, although simple in appearance, shows a mastery of technique as she strips away unnecessary detail and relies solely on materials for colour and texture. Each exquisite piece is carefully considered, beautifully made and invites the viewer to reflect on the combination of form, texture and colour.
Kelly Austin was born in Vancouver, Canada, and currently lives and works in Tasmania. She received her Bachelor of General Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and, in 2016, completed her Masters of Philosophy – Ceramics at the Australian National University. Kelly has exhibited across Australia and Canada and was a finalist in the Gold Coast International Ceramic Award in 2016. In 2019, she won the National Still Life Award at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and received a High Commendation at the Clunes Ceramic Award in Clunes, NSW.