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Mudka

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(Mudka painted by Nick Howson)

I confess that I love the shape of these traditional Indian mudka (water pots) like a fat kid loves cake. Add to that wonderful sensuous shape, the painting of some fine local ceramists and you've got a winning combination.  

The mudka have been made by Indian potters, Manori Lal and Dharmveer.  

They,

"...represent a continuous lineage of generations of potters originally from Rajasthan.  They are visiting Australia in 2011 with support from the non-government organization South Asia Foundation (SAF), GOA Handicrafts and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC), and Crosshatched ceramists Sandra Bowkett and Ann Ferguson. 

SAF are committed to supporting artisan communities in developing sustainable business based on their craft, healthier living environments and specifically, in Kumhaar Gram, where the potters live, more efficient kilns.  SAF acknowledges the value of the artisans and creates opportunities for generating income for the potter's families. Crosshatched brings together artists for cross cultural collaborations."  Press Release courtesy of Pan Gallery.

Northcote pottery provided the glaze and studio space for the project.  I just love hearing about projects like this!

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(Mudka painted by Deborah Halpern)

Deborah Halpern is best known in Melbourne for her enormous public sculpures 'Angel' and 'Ophelia'. Angel sat in the moat at the National Gallery of Victoria  for 20 years while Ophelia still sits at the main entrance of Southgate.

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(Mudka painted by Adriana Christianson)  

You might remember Adriana's work from the Warrandyte Pottery Expo.  My thanks to Adriana for giving me the 'heads up' on this exhibition.

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(Mudka painted by Jill Anderson.  Political Backflips or 'More Positions than the Karma Sutra'.)

What a classic little piece of political comment.  Those budgy smugglers and that nose, together again!  I thought it was worth sharing this statement which Jill Anderson provided to the Pan Gallery in reference to her piece...

"At the risk of appearing to be culturally insensitive and ignorant regarding the deeper meaning of Tantric beliefs, I decided to stick with the first thing that popped into my head, that in Australian lingo references an aspect of Indian culture.

The saying 'more positions than the Karma Sutra' has recently become very popular in the media and amongst Australian politicians when referring to the ever changing and politically opportune policy backflips,  especially around the time of elections.

For example, in 2010 Tony Abbot said "parental leave over my dead body" then changed his position just before the election to an offer of six months family leave for stay at home mums...More recently, Julia Gillard has introduced a carbon tax, despite her promise for no carbon tax during the election campaign.

I wish to share these  iconic images of our backflipping politicians with the visiting potters and hope that they will see the humour intended in our superficial and ignorant reference to the Karma Sutra."

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(Mudka painted by Judi Singleton)


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(Mudka painted by Fiona Hiscock)


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(Mudka painted by Judi Singleton)


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(Mudka painted by Chris Pittard)

Chris Pittard won the prestigious Nillumbik Prize last year.  He and his wife Mary-Lou open their studio as part of the Nillumbik  Artists Open Studios program at the end of April. For the 'when' and 'where' info, have a look at the program website.

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(Mudka painted by Mary-Lou Pittard)


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(Mudka painted by Vipoo Srivilasa)


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Space doesn't permit me showing all of the mudka. You'll have to come to Pan Gallery to see the work of the other wonderful artist's.  They include S.A. Anderson, Sue J. Anderson, Sarah Faulkner, Ann Ferguson, Peter Ferguson, Katie Jacobs, Lene Kuhl Jakobson, Jan Saric, Truly Southurst and Chris White. The exhibition is called "Crosshatched at Pan", it culminates in a final charity auction at 6-8pm on Friday 29th April.

As you can see, this star studded exhibition is a must for your diary.  Pan Gallery is within the Northcote Pottery at 142-144 Weston Street Brunswick.  All of the work is for sale by silent auction.  Prices start at $100.00. Proceeds will go to the Kumhaar Gram community for the purpose of building a much needed new kiln.

My thanks to Sophie Milne for her assistance with this post.  If, like me, you feel motivated to get in amongst some clay and learn how to make and glaze your own mudka, Northcote pottery offer a wide range of workshops...to find out more go to their website.  The Pan Gallery blogspot provides pics of the making of the mudka.


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