Saturday, April 12, 2008

Come on Eileen

Blogging can be so educational. Here's an eBay listing that popped up recently: 'This item is a small peice of western australian pottery history - Eileen Keys experimented with mineral stone glazes this piece came from rottnest Island in the late 60's'.

It's an intriguing work. Kinda looks like a clog, but it's no doubt a dish or plate. The colour is very interesting. Where on Rotto did Keys get the materials for the work?

We hadn't heard of Eileen Keys. Lots of Alicia Keys on Wikipedia but no Eileen. Nothing in Snell, although he's only drawings, paintings and prints.

The quick guide: she's in the Powerhouse Museum. Born 1903, died 1992. 'A Western Australian potter whose work form the 1950s and 1960s broke with tradition and explored the nature of clays and glazes from WA's mineral-bearing regions, in her characteristic 'earthy' style.'

The Art Gallery of WA published a booklet on her in 1986. We're saving up.

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