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2019/9/1 Ceramic group (8), 'Prevail', porcelain, matt white and tenmoku glazes, Kirsten Coelho, Adelaide, South Australia, 2018. Click to enlarge.

'Prevail' by Kirsten Coelho

'Prevail' was created by Kirsten Coelho, an Adelaide-based ceramic artist who makes monochromatic wheel-thrown porcelain bottle forms and containers often presented as still-life groupings. Believing that ceramics have 'the potential to act as visual metaphors for cultural and historical convergence', her work has been influenced by nineteenth and early twentieth century domestic vessels, particularly white enamel ware and other metal containers found in Australian kitchens and sheds, which …


Object No.


Object Statement

Ceramic group (8), 'Prevail', porcelain, matt white and tenmoku glazes, Kirsten Coelho, Adelaide, South Australia, 2018

Physical Description

A group of eight small vessels of various forms wheel-thrown from porcelain and intended to be displayed in a still-life arrangement. One cylindrical container features all-over brown iron oxide glaze, and the remaining bottles and vessels are white and covered with matte white / pale grey glazes and have iron oxide rims and 'rust' accents in places.
Series is comprised of:
Lidded Container in matt brown tenmoku iron glaze
Tall Bottle
Wide Bottle
Tall Bottle with angled shoulders
Short Bottle with rounded shoulders and pronounced lip
Small lidded container



245 mm


800 mm


300 mm



Prevail was made by Kirsten Coelho who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1966, Coelho completed her Bachelor of Design at the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide in 1988 and then departed to the UK to experience the influence of the Anglo-Oriental studio pottery tradition. After eight years she returned to Australia and completed her MA in Visual Art at the same institution in 2004 whilst a studio tenant at the Jam factory Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design.
Since, and preceding, that time Coelho has received international recognition as well as numerous awards and grants including more recently, Winner, Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Museum and Winner, City of Hobart Art Prize (Ceramics), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. She was included in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and has also been represented in either solo or group exhibitions in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, Korea, Denmark and USA every year since 1999. She is included in Edmund de Waal's The Pot Book, Phaidon, 2011.
Her works are held in many private and public collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, Boymans Van Beuningen Stichting Museum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, UK.



Acquired from Philip Bacon Galleries, 2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the Barry Willoughby Bequest, 2019

Acquisition Date

6 May 2019

Cite this Object


'Prevail' by Kirsten Coelho 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 February 2023, <>


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