Last month, the model George Fell visited the Museum offices for a casting. Aged in his late teens and wearing a too-big grin, Fell did all the usual things models do at these peculiar, brisk meetings: presented his cards, smiled a lot, faced us head on for a photograph, smiled again, turned 90 degrees so we could see him in profile. And then, as we chatted to the recent high-school alumni about his post-school intentions, something unexpected happened. Fell showed us a photograph of his ceramic series, Thirsty Country, a meditation on the lack of water available in central Australia. Produced for his Higher School Certificate visual art component, it included 57 stoneware vessels created on the wheel, all forged with knees bent and elbows low, body in sync with the machine. “After a few weeks of drying and a preliminary firing process, I took each piece through three stages of glazing before the final firing,” Fell told us. “My method included a base coat glaze followed by the addition of clumps of iron filings … The differing heights of the bottles and water tank [models] in the work creates an imitation of a city skyline—if viewed from a horizontal perspective—marrying both rural and urban settings.”
We asked Fell to please come back again soon and to bring Thirsty Country with him.
All French linen backdrops courtesy of Andrea & Joen.