A collaborative project between Victorian ceramicist Andrei Davidoff, Yorta Yorta Weaver Donna Blackall and Craft Victoria, these limited edition vessels present an intermingling on traditional Victorian Aboriginal Weaving and contemporary ceramics. Using an Australian stoneware, each vessel is covered with a custom green glaze made from the burning of native cedar and mixing its ash into the glaze. After firing, Donna Blackall hand weaves a band of natural fibre around the piece to complete the work which can be used as both sculptural object and functional vase.
Donna is a Yorta Yorta artist, currently living in Ballarat on Wathaurong country. She is what is referred to as a journey woman, which means she is in the process of learning weaving techniques and stories, and has been weaving for eight years.
Originally taught to weave as a young girl, Donna rekindled her love of weaving when she participated in a workshop with master weaver Bronwyn Razem (Gunditijmara). Donna uses a blanket stitch as it is a strong, sturdy stitch that creates baskets that are both practical and beautiful. She uses NZ Flax in her baskets, which she collects from her local area. Although NZ Flax is not indigenous to Australia, it is strong and wide, making in perfect for Donna’s style of weaving.
“As a proud Aboriginal woman, I believe the more we learn about our Indigenous ancestors in Australia, the more we can help people understand the country that we live on and the importance of maintaining a sustainable way of life for all Australians, and future generations to come” — Donna Blackall
Having completed a Masters in Fine Art from RMIT University, Andrei Davidoff pushes his work in ceramics to be both a practice of production - making tableware of strength, beauty and utility - and also of thoughtful provocation - working conceptually to produce installations and sculpture.
This breadth of practice instils Andrei’s tableware with gesture of form and brushwork that are a graceful extension of his exhibiting practice, and in so doing offer a rarefied moment at the table. This is in conjunction with the hardwearing fabrication of high-fired porcelain and stone wares that he employs, and his minimal ornament of gestural glaze or hand evident in his forms are beautiful moments for the maker to be visible within the utilitarian.
Materials: New Zealand flax and stoneware
Dimensions: diameter 11.5cm, height 18.5cm