Victorian Craft Awards

Zhu Ohmu — 'Organ Pipe Mud Dauber #5', 2020

Zhu Ohmu's hand-coiled vessel imitates the machine methods of 3D printing. Built through stacking, folding, and pressing, the vessel's form is dictated by the weight of moist clay and is pushed to its structural limit. The title of the piece, Organ Pipe Mud Dauber, refers to the mud wasp who build their nests using similar coiling techniques. This parallel suggests the intricately interconnected worlds between the machine, human and non-human ecologies.

Zhu Ohmu is a contemporary artist born in Taiwan, graduated from Elam school of Fine Arts in Auckland and currently based in Naarm, Melbourne. Her work investigates the resurgence of the handmade and the ethics of slowness in an age of mass production and automation, whilst also exploring the conversation between nature, traditional crafts and new technologies. Ohmu is represented by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney.


Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists.

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lee Darroch, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Troy Emery & Daniel Poole, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu. 


Materials: Glazed earthenware

Dimensions: 43cm x 25cm x 25cm

Photography: Supplied by the artist

Read more about the Victoria Craft Awards and this years judging panel here

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