A local ceramicist and teacher at the Canberra School of Art and Design is Ian Jones (photo on right). Jones reflects the aesthetics of Japanese ceramics, particularly those of Shigaraki and Bizen, where he has worked. Jones and his partner, Moraig McKenna, operate a Japanese style anagama kiln at Old St Lukes Studio and Gallery near Gundaroo, just north of Canberra. (https://www.oldsaintlukesstudio.com.au)
The National Gallery is renowned for an impressive collection of Asian Textiles. Enhanced by the purchase of over 400 examples from the Holmgren-Spertus collection in 2002, the National Gallery’s holding of Indonesian textiles is one of the most extensive collections worldwide. Past exhibitions that showcased these textiles include “Sari to Sarong: Five Hundred Years of Indian and Indonesian Textile Exchange” held in 2003.
While there are no longer galleries specifically dedicated to Asian Art within the institution, Asian works are distributed throughout the many exhibition spaces.
Visitors may make advance requests to view specific works in the collection in an on-site collection study room.
Contributed by Ann Proctor, Director Vis Asia and SEACS Life Member