Neville French draws inspiration from the landscape to develop porcelain forms which feature subtly coloured matt glazes of an unusual surface quality and luminosity. The shapes and soft tones echo the hill country of rural Victoria, and allude to the meditative aspects of this environment. His forms are wheel thrown, altered and slowly scraped to develop a soft line and solidity. As Neville describes: “I seek to distil an essence of purity and evoke notions of quietude and transcendence through the expressive use of coloured glaze and its relationship to form, tactility, weight and light.”
Neville French graduated with a Master of Arts degree from RMIT University, Melbourne in 2000, and has been teacher and coordinator of Ceramics at the Arts Academy, University of Ballarat, Victoria since 1982. He has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and New York and been part of more than twenty group exhibitions worldwide. His work is represented in various public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Artbank and the City of Inagawa (Japan).