Erin Bussell

Erin Bussell — 'Babble', 2021


Babble, Scatter and Squall are a group of porcelain sculptures developed from extensive material and process research and experimentation. The works investigate the potential for traditional ceramic material to transform into evocative forms with complex surfaces, expressing the visceral experience of threshold tension. Glazes burst from porcelain shells, oozing and puffing forth, consuming the forms in a grotesque manner. These abstract creatures serve as a material manifestation of the psyche, embodying emotions of fear and anticipation. Inescapably speaking to the uncertain landscape of a global pandemic. 


Erin Bussell (she/her) is a visual artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her practice investigates ceramics as a medium, including its material properties, potential applications in sculpture, and how it can be used as a tool for expression. She approaches her practice as a collaboration where material and process play an active role in the making of objects. Erin completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) at RMIT in 2021, and is currently undertaking an Honours year. 


Celebrating the next wave of Victorian graduates in contemporary craft and design. Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from craft, design and fine art disciplines throughout the state.

Fresh! provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers. The exhibition fosters the potential of graduating students and provides an insight into new directions of contemporary craft.

The Finalists.

Erin Bussell, Jill Stevenson, Julian Leigh May, Nae Tanakorn, Hira Tanao, Narelle White, Ruth Hazell and Zipei 'Summer' Huang


Materials: Porcelain, glaze

Dimensions: 39cm x 23cm x 22 cm  

Photography: Janelle Low

Read more about the Fresh! and the prizes on offer this year

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