Toni WARBURTON, Shell turning Enlarge 1 /1


Manly, New South Wales, Australia born 1951

  • UK, Ireland, Europe 1981

Shell turning (1979-80) Description: vase
Place made: Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, earthenware, earthenware, slip-painted and stained handbuilt

Dimensions: 35.9 h x 39.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.3126
Image rights: © Toni Warburton

Concern for the environment informed the work of a number of craft practitioners during the last decades of the century. In this work, Toni Warburton uses the coarse earthenware associated with sewage pipes in a narrative about the degradation of the marine life of Sydney Harbour, resulting from decades of industrial pollution.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra