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  Biography: Stewart Scambler
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North Fremantle
Perth 6159, W.A.

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Stewart Scambler is a leading authority and teacher in ceramics and one of Western Australia's most prominent wood-firers.

His ceramic forms are an exploration of his response to the land, the underlying presence rather than the landscape. They are about the emotional and spiritual effect that the land has on the people within it and the stillness that it generates within.

The clay comes from the Western Australian wheat belt. He hand-makes the clay blend to give him the properties that are necessary for his work. The wood that he burns comes from his property in York, where he grows more wood than he needs to replace what he burns. The work fully reflects its origins in a material sense

The surfaces on his work come from the fusion of wood ash (from the fuel) and the clay the work is made from. These surface effects are only possible at the high temperature that he works (1320 o C ) over 2-3 days firing. Ultimately the surfaces build up by having the fire throwing ash and carbon onto them.

In the end the works carry the marks of their making and their fiery birth, quietly and confidently, with neither the form nor the surface dominating, both adding to the complexity of their experience .


Selected Education:

1994 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Edith Cowan University

•  Ceramics to Arts Studies Level Fremantle Technical College.


Selected Exhibitions: SOLO

2007 songs of a distant shore Skepsi Gallery (july 2007)

2005 Fires eye Gallows Gallery

2004 Beyond fire Fremantle Arts Centre

1993 Textures Hyogo Prefectural Govt. Cultural Centre.

1991 Fremantle Arts Centre.

1989 Gallery Arteque Subiaco

1988 Festival of Perth Fremantle Arts Gallery

1983 Fremantle Arts Centre.


2009 Earth Mundaring Art Gallery

Beyond the Nullarbor Gallery Adagio-Sydney

2008 Wonderlust Art Gallery of Western Australia

Salute Fusions gallery Brisbane

Fertile Soil Fremantle Arts Centre

CAAWA selective show Ellenbrook Gallery

A Taste of Woodfire Sturt Gallery – Mittagong NSW

Australian Woodfire Freeland Gallery – Sydney

The State of the West Central TAFE Gallery -Perth

2007 Soothe Skepsi Gallery- Melbourne

2007 CAAWA selective show Gallows gallery

2007 Shoe box ceramics Gorepani gallery -Albany

2007 Clay Wood Fire Chemeketa gallery -Oregon USA

2006 Encrusted Skepsi Gallery –Melbourne

CAAWA Selective show Gallows Gallery

Earthworks Mining Hall of Fame -Kalgoorlie

2005 CAAWA Selective show Gallows Galley

2005 Australian woodfire survey Watson community arts centre

2005 A delegate situation Gundaroo community church hall

2004 CAAWA selective show Gallows Gallery

2003 Intersect Gallows Gallery

2003 CAAWA selective show Gallows Gallery

2002 CAAWA selective show Gallows Gallery

2001 The Dinner Party CMC TAFE Perth

Beyond Ritual Church gallery

1999 Tempus Fugit Gomboc gallery

New Waves Fremantle Arts centre

Maiolica on show La Maiolica

Every day changes Lawrence Wilson art gallery

1996 Committed Fremantle Arts Centre

1996 25 years on Capita building Perth

1996 Fired up All Saints college

1995 After Shock Moores Building

1994 Graduate Show Edith Cowan University

Thermal Shock 2 Artcraft Expo 94

1993 Australian Delegates

exhibition Adelaide University

1992 Essence of Japan Hyogo Prefectural Govt.cultural centre

Perth Craft Award Craftwest Gallery

Thermal Shock Bridge Gallery

1990 Austceram '90 International Show Burswood

1989 All that Glitters Clayforms gallery

A Christmas Box Fremantle Arts Centre

Woodfire '89 Gulgong N.S.W.

Biecentennial Show Clayforms

1986 Woodfire '86 Latrobe Valley Arts Centre Victoria

Selected Publication

2007 Songs of a distant shore- exhibition catalogue

2006 Bosons Dinosaurs and woodfired pots—Journal of Australian Pottery

2005 Woodfiring a personal journey The Log Book(Ireland)

2005 Dr Robert Cook Chasing the grey ceramics technical

2004 Dr Robert Cook catalogue essay Beyond Fire

2004 Dr Ted Snell Intersect Ceramics Art and Perception

2000 Altmann Dr J. Tempus Fugit Craft Arts International no. 48

1999 Dolan Dr D. Every day changes - Craftwest

1997 Altmann J. Committed Ceramics Art and Perception 29(95-98)

1997 McGraith J. Freeing the Spirit Pottery in Australia 36(1)49-51

1996 DinhamJ. Aftershock Ceramic Art and Perception 23(93-95)

1995 Altman J. Objects concepts Pottery in Australia 34(4)32-34

Price M. Review Aftershock The Artists Chronicle (45)22

1994 Banks R Thermal Shock expo The West Australian April 22.4

Mt Lawley Cross Draught Kiln Pottery in Australia 33 (3)

1993 If it wasn't for firing you wouldn't

make pots Australian National Conference papers

1990 Woodfiring-the long and the short of it

Austceram '90 Conference papers

1989 A Top Loading Anagama Pottery in Australia Vol 28 No 3.

Major Collections:

Scotch College Art Collection

Art Gallery of W.A.

Fremantle Collection - W.A.

Prizes 2005 CAAWA selective exhibition –Award of Excellence

Grants 2004 Arts WA development grant

2005 Arts WA travel grant

2007 Mid career fellowship ArtsWA

2008 Arts WA travel grant

2009 Arts WA travel grant

Teaching 1983 to present Fremantle arts centre ceramic tutor

1983 to 1992 part time lecturer Fremantle Technical college (ceramics and


1997 Edith Cowan University sessional ceramics lecturer

2002 Curtin University sessional ceramics lecturer








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