Danielle Thiris

Danielle Thiris — This Pot Has Animal Ancestry and A Little Bit Of Side Eye, 2022


Danielle Thiris presents a collection of ceramic vessels referencing elements of prehistoric and ritual objects. Intrigued by pots featuring multiple vessel components, Thiris seeks to understand how these historic objects were made, what they were used for, and how and why they were co-joined?

Through this body of work, Thiris reflects on themes of connection and togetherness and her dual Greek and Cypriot heritage.


Danielle Thiris is a Naarm/Melbourne based ceramic artist with Cypriot and Greek heritage. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Textile Design from RMIT. Thiris uses a South Australian terracotta clay and hand-builds her pieces using a combination of prehistoric techniques, such as coiling, pinching and carving. Prehistoric vessels, ritual objects, identity, nature (human, animal and plant) are some of the dominant thematic explorations in her practice. 


As a participant in the inaugural Melbourne Design Fair, Craft Victoria will present a curated collection of the most exciting makers in Australian craft and design. The exhibition will feature 13 makers working across ceramics, textiles, glass and metal, including textile artist Anastasia La Fey, ceramic artist Belle Thierry, textile artist Caro Pattle, ceramic artist Danielle Thiris, furniture and lighting designer Dean Toepfer, artist and experimental designer Jessie French, metalsmith Kenny Yong-Soo, multidisciplinary artist and weaver Lisa Waup, glass artist Misseu, ceramicist Owen Rye, ceramicist Vanessa Lucas, and ceramicist Yoko Ozawa.

Makers will come together in an immersive installation with emerging practitioners featured alongside established designers, showcasing creative ingenuity and material mastery.

Initiated by the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, the fair is a new platform for the craft and design community to bring their collective creative energy together and sell one-off, limited edition pieces in a unique, cultural experience over five days.


Materials: terracotta, slip, ash, midfire glaze

Dimensions: approx. 

Contact a Craft consultant shop@craft.org.au for more information 

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