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On display on Level 1


Kingston, Surrey, Great Britain born 1930

  • to Australia 1948

Forest floor 2004 Description: Oval form
Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, Southern Ice porcelain, unglazed, deep-etched and polished, glazed inside

Dimensions: 27.2 h x 25.5 w x 16.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the artist 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession No: NGA 2011.710

Developing and using his own porcelain clay (‘Southern Ice’) encouraged Les Blakebrough to explore its particular qualities of translucency and crystalline whiteness. The raised relief decoration on this work has been achieved by masking areas of the unfired clay surface with shellac before sponging away the background to a thinness that, when fired, allows the passage of light. The resulting effect has the subtlety of a watermark and a sense of transience and luminosity that one might expect from a coating of frost or ice on foliage or rocks. 

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design