The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

Form and Image (Clay Dynasty)

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In the 1970s, a new generation of Australian ceramicists began to question the functional aesthetic, looking to international art for new ideas. Exploring history, contemporary culture and Funk ceramics from the west coast of North America, they established an expressive sculptural direction.

In the 1980s, many explored the vessel tradition through postmodern forms, colours and patterns. Others looked to cultural and ceramic traditions, revisiting ideas from the past. Indigenous artists …