Mel Robson creates functional and non-functional porcelain objects that embody personal narratives in their designs. From beakers and bowls to small jugs, wall tiles and installation pieces, Mel’s work evolved from an interest in the histories, stories and associations embedded in everyday objects and the way in which these objects can evoke memory and nostalgia. Mel’s porcelain objects are decorated with road maps, receipes, sewing patterns and handwriting. Since moving to Central Australia from Brisbane a year ago, Mel’s focus has subtly shifted from the interior to the exterior landscape, influenced by the rugged nature of desert living. Mel says, “developing new work is a process I both love and hate. It’s a process I know so well and yet one I can never take for granted. For me, the thrill and freedom of experiementing and researching and playing goes hand in hand with a kind of anxiety, because the whole way along you never quite know what the outcome will be.”
Mel Robson has exhibited extensively since her first show in Brisbane in 2003 and received a major Australia Council Grant in 2010 to prepare a new body of work. Her work has been shown in Australia and overseas including galleries in Sweden, Korea, Japan and the USA. She has recieved an honourable mention in both the 3rd and 4th World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, South Korea as well as the 8th International Ceramics Festival in Japan. Mel’s work is represented in the collections of the Australian Institute of Management, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Utah State University, USA), World Ceramic Exposition Foundation (South Korea) and the Stanhope, Redland and Ipswich Regional Art Galleries.