David Pottinger


David Pottinger

Nerikomi Bowls

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David Pottinger
Nerikomi Vessels

My work is an exploration of form through the interplay of colour, tension, rhythm and pattern in porcelain, utilising the ancient technique of Nerikomi. In my practice, I seek to distil form and technique to express the elemental nature of the medium of porcelain itself; malleable, tough, practical and lyrical, it operates at the intersection of craft, nature and art.
‘Nerikomi’ (or ‘Neriage’) is a traditional Japanese decorative technique that involves the layering and stacking of coloured clay bodies (porcelain), and then cutting or slicing through the clay to reveal delicate striated patterns.

David Pottinger’s Nerikomi vessels have established him as one of Australia’s principal ceramic artists. The cylindrical forms of his six vessels, each one a different shape and size, are contrasted by the subtle patterning that affords the works a woven quality. The outside surfaces of the vessels are mirrored on the inside, creating a dynamic visual relationship – one that exhibits a vital sense of flux and movement despite the structured rigidity of the vessels themselves.

Much like the technique in which the vessels are formed, through gradual layering, it is possible to imagine that the forms mimic sedimentary deposits in rock or perhaps the patterning found in crystal mineral formations, built up over time. Indeed it is a recognition of place and space that Pottinger seeks to articulate through the technique of Nerikomi. The pallet of the Australian landscape, the muted greens, ochres, bleached bone and charcoals are animated through patterns that suggest the kinetic movement of leaves, water, fire and light. In this sense Pottinger utilises the technique of Nerikomi in a ceaseless and inexhaustible exploration of place and natural elements.


David Pottinger
David Pottinger

David Pottinger

Born 1965 Dalby Queensland
Lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria


2004 Masters by research RMIT Melbourne
2002 B.A. Honours RMIT Melbourne
1987 Associate Diploma in Ceramics Kelvin Grove College, Brisbane

Solo Exhibitions

Recent Ceramics Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Time Lines Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Studio Porcelain 2012 Beaver Gallery, Canberra
New Works Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney
283 days, New Works Gallery 101, Melbourne
Porcelain Beaver Gallery, Canberra
Light Notes Gallery 101, Melbourne
Studio Works Jam Factory, Adelaide
New Ceramics Beaver Gallery, Canberra
Stratum Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney
Pulse Craft Victoria Gallery, Melbourne
Romance Haecceity Gallery, Melbourne
New Ceramic Works Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions

Salon Robin Gibson Gallery
Small Gems Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Important Exhibition of Australain Ceramics Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne
Heritage and Diversity Australian- Korea Invitational Ceramic Exhibition Hanyang University Korea
Cicley & Colin Rigg Ceramics Exhibition National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Porcelain Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Sculpture 23 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney
Japonisme Stella Downer Gallery, Sydney
Collect 2011 Scottish Gallery at Sacchi & Sacchi Gallery, London
Sculpture 22 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
_City of Hobart Art Prize, Digital media and Ceramics_Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Collect 2010 Scottish Gallery at Sacchi & Sacchi Gallery, London
Tea wares’ Jam Factory Art and Craft Centre, Adelaide
Bravura, Contemporary Craft Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Collect 2008 Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Sofa 2007 The International Exposition of Sculpture objects and functional art Chicago, USA
Ann Geroe Acquisitive Ceramics Award Castlemaine
Australian Ceramics’ Anannya Gallery, Hong Kong
New Acquisitions Shepparton Art Gallery
Harvest Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
Transformation First Site Gallery, RMIT Melbourne
New Ceramics Galerie Hors-Saison, Melbourne
Christmas Show Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney
Fresh Craft Victorian Award, Melbourne
In the Making First Site Gallery, RMIT Melbourne
Gasworks Group Exhibition Melbourne
Australia Day Award, Sidney Myer International Ceramics Award Shepparton Art Gallery, Victpria
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Duo Craft space Centre for Contemporary Craft, Sydney
New Acquisitions National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Cicley & Colin Ceramics Exhibition National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Australia Day Award, Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria
New Acquisitions National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Awards Grants

2008 Australia Council for the Arts ,New Work development
2006 Australia Council for the Arts, New work development
2001 Siemens Fine Arts, Scholarship Award
1997 Sidney Myer Fund, International Ceramics Award


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


2010 Ceramics Art Today Jeff Snyder. Pub by Schiffer, U.S.A. P 178,179
2009 Contemporary Ceramics Emmanuel Cooper. Pub in UK Thames & Hudson.p62,103
2009 Pottery in Australia ‘Elemental Lyricism The Recent Ceramics of David Pottinger’ 48#3 Online
2008 Colouring Clay Jo Connell. University of Pennsylvania Press,Philadephia,p68.
2007 Crafts Arts International November, ‘Light Notes’ #45 Nov/ Dec 2007.
2007 Innovative Ceramics Ceramics review, #244 Mar/Apr
2006 NGV Foundation Annual Report pp8
2005 _Modernism in Nature_Pottery in Australia #61 p10
1991 International Crafts ed. Martina Margetts. pub in UK Thames & Hudson.p21
1987 Pottery in Australia 1986QPA Potter痴 Gallery’, Vol 25#1p41

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