SHARON MACKEY MCEACHERN

Artist statement

Traditional blue and white willow ware always evokes fond memories. My latest design work has been concerned with the exploration of blue and white painting techniques. Exploring ways of mixing traditional Chinese blue and white painting and ink painting with contemporary western design. The work is inspired by the simple, yet complex nature of the environment. I have taken a keen interest in exploring ways to represent light, reflection and shadows through the use of negative and positive space plus layering to achieve abstract depth and movement.

My exploration of ceramics and desire to learn new and creative techniques led me to the historically rich city of Jingdezhen, China, which has been at the very heart of fine porcelain production by master craftsmen for well over a thousand years. Joining an artist residency in 2017, 2018 and 2019, I had access to the great ceramic and porcelain masters who taught ancient and modern technical skills, many of which had been handed down over hundreds of generations.

Education

1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts .Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Australia

1995 Diploma of Education-Secondary University prize for Outstanding Performance

Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Australia

EXHIBITIONS

2019 Journeys Jingdezhen. Blue and White ceramic painting. GIGs Albury NSW Australia.

2017 & 2016 Members Exhibition. Ceramic Sculptures. GIGs Albury NSW Australia.

2012 Solo exhibition. Reflections. Paintings Heritage Art Centre Deniliquin NSW Australia. 

2008. Group exhibition Paintings and ceramic sculptures. Southern Riverina Art Gallery Finley NSW Australia. 

 

Artist Residencies

2017, 2018 & 2019 Pottery Workshop International Artist Residency Jingdezhen China

awards and grants

2006 NSW Director of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching

2005 NSW Department of Education District Excellence in Teaching Award

2000 ANZ Bank Arts Away grant for collaborative public artwork Finley NSW Australia

1997 Yanco Art Prize for Modern Art

Employment history

2019 Rural and Remote Advisor. School Learning Environments & Change (Futures Learning) NSW Department of Education. 

2016 – 2018 Head Teacher Creative and Performing Arts Albury High School/ Albury/Australia

Facilitator of Visual Arts based professional learning for primary and secondary teachers. Led special art projects including, large scale community public mural projects for Albury City Council, art workshops and large scale public sculpture projects. Jerilderie, Tocumwal, Berrigan, Corowa, Culcairn, Finley, Albury/ Australia/2015-present

1998-2016 Head Teacher Creative and Performing Arts Finley High School/ Finley/ Australia

1995-1997 Visual Arts Teacher Finley High School/ Finley/ Australia. 

Collection/Public Art/grants

2017 Recipient of the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association grant for professional learning. Creation of large scale collaborative public art work at Kincumber High School. Kincumber NSW Australia.

2017 Albury City Council grant for youth at risk collaborative public art work

2014-2018 Large scale collaborative student public artworks; Jerilderie Public School, Tocumwal Public School, Berrigan Public School, Culcairn Public School, Glenroy Public School, South Corowa Public School, Table Top Public School, Albury High School.

Works held in private collections in Australia, India and the United States.

Address

488 David St
Albury, NSW 2640 

0417 229 658

Gallery Open Hours

Mon, Wed,  Fri: 10am – 2.30pm
Saturday: 9am – 12pm

Business Open Hours

Mon - Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm

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