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Owen Rye - Résumé (short)

Owen Rye   (Australia)  b1944 Cooma NSW                                                 Member, International Academy of Ceramics                                                                          

EDUCATION:    Ph.D., University of N.S.W., 1970; B.Sc. (Hons 1) UNSW, 1965


2004 -             Self employed (studio work, writing, workshops and residencies)

1985-03           Monash University, Gippsland Campus: Senior Lecturer, Ceramics

1980-84           Canberra School of Art, Sessional Lecturer, Ceramics Workshop

1970-80           Archaeology Research (Smithsonian Institute USA and ANU Australia)


AWARDS        ClayModern Lifetime Achievement Award (Services to Education) 2004;  Distinction Award, International Salt Glaze competition 2002, Koblenz, Germany; Society for American Archaeology Award 2000 (for contributions to ceramic studies); Pioneer Potters’ Award 1997; Whitefriars Award 1995; Diamond Valley Award 1992; Gold Coast Award 1989; Pottery in Australia Award 1985; Ampol Arts Award 1965



2011                Owen Rye: Woodfired Ceramics. Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

2010                Golden Ashes. Craft Victoria, Melbourne

2009                Watson Arts Centre (Recent Work), Canberra ACT

2009                Skepsi on Swanston Gallery, Melbourne

2008                Residency Exhibit, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Utah State University, USA

2007                Freeland Gallery, Sydney (Woodfire ceramics: the aesthetics of imperfection).

2007                Owen Rye: 25 years of Ceramics, a Survey. Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria.

2005                Art Centre Gallery, Astoria (Oregon) USA

2003                Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney (Reconnaissance)

2002                Gallows Gallery, Perth

1997                Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State Univ., Utah USA

1997                Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney

1995                Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne

1991                Artworks (Victoria).  Collaboration with painter Rod Forbes

1991                Switchback Gallery, Monash University (collaboration with Rod Forbes)

1989                Latrobe Valley Arts Centre (Regional Gallery), Victoria



2010                International Academy of Ceramics, Sėvres Museum, Paris

2010                Fuping + 3.  Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

2009                Soft Beauty of traditional Shinos. Concord University Gallery, Athens, West Virginia, USA

2009                Oz 5 x 5.  Lacoste Gallery, Concord, Massachusets USA

2007                Australian and New Zealand Ceramics, FLICAM, Fuping, China

2006                20+1 Years of the Tozan Kilns. NAU Art Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

2006                Prairie, Plains, Pacific Woodfire, Bainbridge Island Gallery, Washington, USA

2006                Three Australian Woodfirers, Randolph Arts Centre, Asheboro N. Carolina USA

2005                The Gulgong Connection, Alpha House Gallery, Dorset, England

2002                Salzbrand (International Saltglaze) Koblenz, Germany

1999                Different Stokes (International Woodfire), University of Iowa Museum of Art

1999                Pyrochromatics. Wellington B Gray Gallery, ECU, Greenville N.Carolina USA

1999                Four Australian Woodfire Artists. New Wagner Gallery, SIUE, Illinois USA

1999                Creative Australia (Craft Australia), Azecra Gallery, Osaka, Japan

1997                Salt-glazed porcelain. Rosenthal  Studio-Haus Galerie, Hamburg, Germany  

1996                Australia no Magikama Sakuhin, Aoyama Green Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1996                Meitetsu Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

1996                Delinquent Angel: Itami Craft Centre, Osaka, Japan, and  Takashimaya Gallery, Singapore

1996                Fletcher Challenge Award, Auckland, New Zealand (selected).

1995                Delinquent Angel (Australian Contemporary Ceramics), Faenza, Italy

1994                Minokamo Municipal Centre, Gifu, Japan

1993                Salzbrand (International Saltglaze), Koblenz, Germany

1991                Faculty Exhibition , Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee, USA,




2014               Important Exhibition of Australian Ceramics (Janet Mansfield Tribute). Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

2013               Harmony of Difference with Brian Keyte and Tim Clarkson, Skepsi at Montsalvat, Eltham.

2012               Rigg Award (invitational), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2012               Engaging Form. Skepsi at Montsalvat, Melbourne

2011               Art of Woodfire, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

2011               Inside Woodfire, Fifty Australian Stories. Gallery 9, Deloraine, Tasmania

2010                Formed- Selected works from the Hirsh Collection; Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne 

2009                Pourers. Object, Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney.

2009                20 Australian Woodfirers. Maestro Gallery, Sydney

2009                In Good Company, The Fuping Show. Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne

2008                Masters of Woodfiring. Sturt, Woodfire Conference, Mittagong, NSW

2008                Australian Woodfired Ceramics Survey. Freeland Gallery Paddington NSW

2006               Encrusted, Australian woodfire survey. Skepsi, Melbourne Vic

2006               Teabowls, Purple Space, Jam Factory Adelaide SA

2005                Two Potters and a Painter. fg3 Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2005                Australian Woodfire Survey, Watson Art Centre, ACT

2004                Celebrating the Master. Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne, Vic

2003                Rye Crop, Mura Gallery, Sydney NSW

2002                Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld  (selected).

2001                Bowled Over (National Bowl exhibition) Fremantle Arts Centre WA

2000                Ceramics Purchase exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of N. Territory

1999                A Generous Vessel.  Centre for Contemporary Craft, Customs House, Sydney

1996                Moore’s Building, Fremantle WA: National Bowl Show

1996                Manly Art Gallery, NSW   Standing Sentinel (Potter’s Society of Australia).

1996                Shepparton Art Gallery:  Sydney Myer Fund Award, invitational

1994                National Gallery of Victoria, Rigg Craft Award (Invitational)


COLLECTIONS   International: USA: Fullerton Art Museum, San Bernadino, California; Arrowmont Permanent Collection, Tennessee; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah; Art Center Gallery, Astoria, Oregon. China: FLICAM Museums, Fuping,; R.of Korea: World Ceramic Exposition Foundation Museum, Icheon; Japan: Tajimi City Collection, Mino; Germany: Handwerkskammer Koblenz; France: Ateliers d Art de France.  Private Collections in USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, England, Israel, Germany and in Australia including Greg Daly and Margaret Tuckson collections.

In Australia: Australian National Gallery (ACT); Powerhouse Museum, NSW; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Queensland Art Gallery; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Shepparton Art Gallery; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Wollongong City Gallery: Orange Regional Gallery; Ipswich Regional Gallery; Latrobe Regional Gallery; Bendigo Art Gallery; Castlemaine Art Gallery; Victorian Ceramic Group; Diamond  Valley Collection; Griffith University Collection; Curtin University Collection; Queensland University of Technology Collection; Southern Cross University Collection; Monash University (Jan Feder Collection); Whitefriars College Collection; VCA (Lawrence Collection).

WRITING  Author of two books on archaeological ceramics and over 50 articles in ‘Ceramics Art and Perception’, ‘Pottery in Australia’ and numerous international journals in England, USA, Germany; also numerous exhibition reviews, book reviews and conference papers. Editorial Advisor, Ceramics, Art and Perception(USA).


CURATOR/SELECTOR   Australian Woodfire survey exhibitions 1986, 1996 and 2005.


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE,WORKSHOPS AND PUBLIC LECTURES In Australia, USA, Germany, China, Korea, Papua New Guinea and Israel. Includes:  Strathnairn ACT (AinR,W)  Utah State University USA (AinR,W), Fuping China (AinR); Univ. of Tasmania, Launceston (Ain R). Major workshops include North Carolina Potters Conference, USA; Anagama Firing, Astoria, Oregon USA;  Throwing, Portland Oregon USA; Anagama Firing, Sturt Pottery NSW; Firing Tamba Kiln, Cooroy, Qld; Woodfire, SIU, Illinois USA; Pyrochromatics, ECU, North Carolina USA; Woodfire, USU, Logan, Utah, USA; Kiln Master, Fire-up Gulgong; Anagama Firing, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee, USA. Recently Kiln Building/ firing workshop, Brollin, Germany, Visiting Artist Gonzaga University Washington USA.  Many National and woodfire conference papers in Australia and many public lectures in Australia and overseas.


BIOGRAPHY Represented in Firing, Contemporary Ceramics Practice; Masters of Their Craft; Woodfired Ceramics; Contemporary Ceramic Art in Australia and New Zealand; Collector’s Guide to Modern Australian Ceramics; and Saltglaze Ceramics, An International Perspective. Recent bio/ reviews in Journal of Australian Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly (USA), Ceramic Review (England) Ceramics Art and Perception, Object and Craft Victoria. Major catalogs Delinquent Angel, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy, and Different Stokes (international woodfire survey exhibition), Iowa USA.  

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