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Thursday, October 29, 2009 | by Carolyn Price

Ceramics in the UNSW Pottery Sale - made by Deb Taylor and Murray Topham

The work of talented Sydney-based potters Deb Taylor and Murray Topham is currently on display, and ON SALE at UNSW! The Pottery Sale (at the Kensington Campus) began this week. It's open tomorrow 30th November, and continues next week from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th November 2009 (11am - 4pm).

Ceramics in the UNSW Pottery Sale - made by Deb Taylor and Murray Topham

With two locations, the Blockhouse (Level 2, G6 on the Campus Map) and the Quadrangle Colonnade (G6 on the Campus Map), you're sure to find some perfect gifts for Christmas - at surprisingly low prices. We spent ages admiring the designs & taking photographs, and there were many, many pieces priced from approximately $20 to $100. Some of the larger pieces were between $100 and $200 which is great value. I bought two sweet little cups on Monday, and I think I may return next week - though I really want that extra piece for myself!

You'll need cash for purchases, but there are a couple of ATMs just outside.

Ceramics in the UNSW Pottery Sale - made by Deb Taylor and Murray Topham

Deb Taylor is the talent behind local label Little White Dish, whose pieces took our collective breath away at the Winter Finders Keepers Markets at Carriageworks. Her pieces are imaginative, witty, petite and so beautiful. Many of the small cups & jugs are instantly recognisable by the signature dimples in the side. The dimples remind you that the fired clay was once a soft and malleable, and they echo the fluidity of the liquids they're designed to contain.

I LOVE the typewriter-style text which has been pressed into so many of her pieces, including the cute pendants above and the "Intoxicated" cup pictured at top! My favourites had been "Dark Horse" and "Black Sheep" but Deb has recently added a whole new range of words for Christmas too. We'll be returning to the studio in a few weeks time to capture Deb's work in progress - so keep an eye on our site for the upcoming Studio Visit post!

Ceramics in the UNSW Pottery Sale - made by Deb Taylor and Murray Topham

This was my first introduction to the work of Murray Topham, which we both thought was stunning. Just look at his creations above! There is a lot of careful detail in each of his pieces, but they retain a "light" feeling with the surface decoration complimenting the ceramic forms. There shapes have both geometric and organic elements, and the texture of the pieces above could be inspired by the same corals & sea creatures that seem to have influenced the structures.

Ceramics in the UNSW Pottery Sale - made by Deb Taylor and Murray Topham

Both artists contrast delicate matt outer surfaces with lustrous glazed interiors to great effect. Don't you love the gradients of blue peeking out from the white above?

Ceramics in the UNSW Pottery Sale - made by Deb Taylor and Murray Topham

Once again the shapes in the pieces pictured above are fantastic - the boats, cones and spheres...

So much time must have gone into the creation of Murray's pieces below... The pink polyp especially is incredible!

Ceramics in the UNSW Pottery Sale - made by Deb Taylor and Murray Topham

For more information about the artists, visit Deb Taylor's web site at www.littlewhitedish.com.au, or contact Murray Topham through the ARC Potters in Residence at UNSW, or of course, visit the Pottery Sale! The artists themselves look after the sales, so you'll have the chance to chat to the makers of these gorgeous ceramics.

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