If you’re in Brisbane over the next couple of weeks, check out Grant Hodges’ ceramics exhibition ALIVE AND STILL at Makers Gallery in Clayfield. The works in the exhibition—cups, pots and bowls—are gentle, unassuming and undeniably unforgettable.
Grant Hodges loves to work with clay. It’s like therapy for him. The pieces he makes, he makes for himself. Grant considers himself lucky not to have to make a living out of ceramics. Yet, he’d like to work with clay more often. He loves being a part of the clay community.
Grant has a unique approach. He doesn’t strategise…he doesn’t overthink. He dives right in, working spontaneously and intuitively.
What are your favourite materials to work with and why?
Clay, wood and fire. The alchemy of transforming mud with fire into functional objects is a constant inspiration.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
From the natural environment mostly, but also the clay itself.
Why are you looking forward to having your work displayed in Makers Gallery?
Steph [ceramic artist and Director of Makers Gallery] has always been a great supporter of my arts practice. Makers Gallery is a beautiful space and having the work so well documented by Tony is an added bonus.
Although I make the work for me, it is nice to get feedback and see what other people think.
What’s the next step in your career? Do you have a clear goal in mind? A dream project?
I’m about to move my studio which involves dismantling and rebuilding large wood kilns. This is really daunting, but so exciting. I have been using the same kilns for over 12 years now. I’m keen to experiment with some new ideas.
ALIVE AND STILL will run until the end of September at Makers Gallery (open Wednesday to Friday 10:30 am to 1:30 pm & Saturday, Sunday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm). Grant will give a talk and answer questions about his work and practice this Sunday 18 September at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to join the conversation and have a cuppa.
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