Established Gold Coast ceramicist Megan Puls has captured attention with her distinctive work for nearly three decades. After four solo exhibitions on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane she is now joining forces with emerging ceramic artist Kathryn Mitchell to exhibit a new body of work in an exhibition titled Ebb Tide at Clay Art Benowa opening on Saturday 2 March 2013.
The exhibition will explore the movement of water, connections and journeys through Megan and Kathryn’s distinct ceramic styles. Both artists have a deep affinity to water; Megan is fascinated with the Australian and New Zealand coastlines after extensive travels, whilst Kathryn grew up on the Isle of Man, a small British island with the sea less than an hour’s drive in any direction and criss-crossed by rivers and lakes. Their visions are translated through delicate porcelain ceramic pieces; Megan painstakingly drills hundreds of holes into each vessel and Kathryn meticulously hand paints her illustrations.
“Ebb Tide is in the middle, a balance, yin and yang. To me, that is how we live. Creating is how I live in all forms,” says Megan.
With an understanding of the vision in Megan’s mind, Kathryn took to hand her mentor’s musings and found a connection that bonds the Ebb Tide exhibition together.
“I could see links between our work and the concepts I had been experimenting with. This exhibition was an opportunity to pursue those ideas and bring them to life. Inspiration ranges from lyrics by Florence and the Machine, to Frida Kahlo paintings and my fascination with the connections we form with the people in our lives, be them fleeting or enduring,” says Kathryn.
Only three years into her art practice, Kathryn is excited by the opportunity to share exhibition space with such an established artist as Megan.
“It’s a privilege for young artists to exhibit alongside their role models – I’m honoured that Megan invited me to join her in launching her new work. Receiving this kind of support and encouragement is invaluable to my fledging career,” says Kathryn.
And Megan couldn’t be happier helping out an enthusiastic and dedicated emerging ceramicist as Kathryn.
“My nature is: what you give out is what you get back. I believe Kathryn is giving back two-fold. I love enthusiasm, energy and passion,” she says.
Clay Art Benowa is a quaint cottage gallery situated on Ashmore Road, Benowa, near Pindara Hospital. At nearly 100 years old, the traditional building offers a unique space for Megan and Kathryn’s ceramic art.
For media inquiries please contact Kathryn Mitchell at email@example.com
Kathryn Mitchell, 'Follow your heart lines', Wheel thrown + hand painted porcelain, 10.5 h x 6 w cm, photo: Mark Bermingham
Megan Puls, 'Bloom', Southern Ice Porcelain and reclaimed wood, 80 h x 30 w cm, photo: Peter Hamilton