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2002/54/1 Plate, porcelain, oil-spot and tomato-red iron glazes, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia for retailing, designed and made by John Dermer, Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia, 1995. Click to enlarge.

Plate made by John Dermer

Made by National Gallery of Australia in Yackandandah, Victoria, 1995.

This plate was designed and made by John Dermer (b.1949) in Australia in 1995. Commissioned by the shop at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, this work is one of six platters that John Dermer made for retail sales during the 1996 Turner exhibition. Inspired by the red and black colours in Turner’s paintings of the Houses of Parliament burning, and of loading coals at night, he used oil-spot and tomato red coloured glazes. Although he has usually focused on the production of large fun...

Summary

Object No.

2002/54/1

Object Statement

Plate, porcelain, oil-spot and tomato-red iron glazes, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia for retailing, designed and made by John Dermer, Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia, 1995

Physical Description

Plate, porcelain, oil-spot and tomato-red iron glazes, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia for retailing, designed and made by John Dermer, Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia, 1995.

The round plate consists of a copper-red coloured glaze on the outside rim which changes to a golden-yellow coloured glaze on the inner rim, created as the red glaze runs into the side of the well, and a dark brown to black coloured oil-spot glaze in the well of the plate. Underneath the plate are three concentric foot rings with the artist's initials impressed in the outer foot ring.

Marks

Maker's initials impressed in the outer foot ring, 'JD'

Dimensions

Height

50 mm

Production

Notes

The plate was designed and made by John Dermer in Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia in 1995. Dermer was commissioned by the National Gallery in Canberra to make about six plates for retail sale in the Gallery Shop during their 1996 Turner exhibition. This project encouraged him to develop glazing techniques that he would not otherwise have anticipated.

The 'tomato-red' glaze is a saturated iron glaze, requiring an oxidising atmosphere to cone 10 temperature. The 'oil spot' glaze requires an oxidising atmosphere, and a thick application of glaze. On a horizontal surface it tends to blister; on a vertical surface it runs off, so a curved surface is preferable. The glaze is very high in iron oxide (14%). During the early stages of the sintering of the glaze, the oxygen leaves the iron as a volatile vapour creating craters. As the firing progresses, the molten iron congregates or floats into the craters. Nearing the maturing temperature of the glaze (cone 10) the craters melt and smooth out, leaving a concentrated 'spot' of glaze. It is called 'oil spot' as it is is reminiscent of oil floating in water: 'a rather wonderful mauve/purple in the sunlight'. The plate is made from porcelain from JBI Clayworks.

Designed

Dermer, John

History

Notes

John Dermer was commissioned by the shop at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra to make about 6 plates on the theme of the Turner exhibition, shown in 1996. Dermer later gave it to potter Peter Rushforth not only because Dermer believed that it was an important work of his own but also as he wanted to acknowledge Rushforth's influence on potters like himself. Peter Rushforth later donated the work to the Powerhouse Museum because he also believed it was significant.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Peter Rushforth, 2002

Acquisition Date

14 May 2002

Cite this Object

Harvard

Plate made by John Dermer 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 October 2019, <https://ma.as/11455>

Wikipedia

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