Neville French draws inspiration from the landscape to develop porcelain forms which feature subtle colored matt glazes of an unusual surface quality and luminosity. His forms are wheel thrown, altered and slowly scraped to develop a soft line and solidity.
Neville French graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from RMIT University of Melbourne in 2000, and has been teaching ceramics at the University of Ballarat, Victoria. He has held solo exhibitions in Australia and New York and has been part of more than twenty group exhibitions worldwide.
Artist Statement: “My work involves an exploration of elemental porcelain vessels. I try to distill an essence of place and evoke notions of quietude and transcendence through the expressive use of glaze and its relationship to form, tactility, space and light. Glazes are layered and fused to the porcelain body to develop the depth, luminosity and color nuance that parallels the softness and solidity of the wheel-thrown and altered forms. The idiosyncratic nature of glaze stimulates the imagination and alludes to a meditative infinity. The big domed skies and undulating grasslands of rural Victoria are my inspiration. They reflect the color and light of the seasons, weather and time.”