Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland Studio Potters

Carl McConnell was the most important potter in the post-World War Two generation in Queensland, introducing stoneware and porcelain firing to the state. His superb craftsmanship has been showcased in numerous exhibitions, which established his nationwide profile. Phillip McConnell, Carl’s eldest son, followed in his father’s footsteps and established a career of equal significance.

Art Exhibition previously on at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 17 March 2012 to Sunday 24 June 2012

Vase with hidasuki marks, c. 1975 image Bottle, c.1961 image Bowls, c. 1980 image Blossom jar, c. 1978 image Dish, c.1982 image Large bottle, 1998 image

Published by GAGOMA on Wednesday 16 May 2012.
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Both artists have been influenced by the Anglo–Japanese tradition, initially through the groundbreaking publication A Potters Book (1940) by Bernard Leach. As Australia’s trading relationships with Japan developed from the 1960s onwards, the influence of Japanese ceramics on the artists became more direct and Phillip went on to study at the ancient Japanese pottery centre Mashiko. Carl and Phillip McConnell are regarded as superb ceramic technicians — both experimented with traditional Chinese and Japanese methods to produce a remarkably diverse and sophisticated oeuvre.

An 8-page exhibition brochure is available for purchase from the QAGOMA Store and online.

(1926–2003)