Featured work and projects
Artisans from Tasikmalaya and Garud in West Java have produced beautiful bamboo objects for many generations, yet sustaining these practices and a cohesive community faces increasing challenges from the movement of labour and enterprise from villages to cities as part of Indonesia’s ongoing modernisation. Digital Bamboo is a collaborative, practice-led research project that reflects upon these challenges and explores new ways of thinking and making in the 21st century, shaped by rapid changes to the social and material ecologies of making communities in Australia and Indonesia.
Tenuous Aviator, the bone china sculptural assemblage was represented in the 1997 ‘Australian Ceramics ‘ exhibition which toured Europe. A photograph of the work appears on the exhibition tour poster. ‘Tenuous Aviator’ was acquired by the Kunstgewerben Museum, Dresden for their permanent collection.
Tenuous Aviator: Rod Bamford, 1997.
Bone China, polychrome Decal
45 x30 x30 mm: Photograph E.Estel
‘Fragment C: Charles darwin memorial cup’ reflects upon the interpretation of history through ceramic shards, drawing interpretive affiliations between documented and imagined historical events. The work, exhibited at Devise Gallery in Melbourne, is one of a series of up-scaled ‘shard’ works that form an alternative dialogue about ceramic archetypes and their significance.
Earthenware: 1987: dimensions 520 x450 x270mm: Photograph Terrence Bogue.
Cultural Remainders critiques the interpretation of history, in archaeology and anthropology, by repositioning the perception of persistence and certainty associated with the study of remnant debris. The work, exhibited at Devise Gallery in Melbourne, is held in the he permanent collection of the Art gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Cultural Remainders : Rod Bamford, 1984.
Earthenware, dimensions 120x65x40cm:
Photograph Terrence Bogue
HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics is a National Touring Exhibition surveying the work of 8 Australian artists selected for their experimental approach to the medium. The showcase highlights strategies that extend ceramics practice into new, unexpected territories and reflect re-imagined possibilities for the medium .
2010 celebrates the 10th anniversary of Ceramica di Manfredi, Espresso di Manfredi and the Cup Suite. For the occasion, a special Anniversary issue of the suite was commissioned, with *Frost design developing a new dynamic branding for the recent Tazzalta mug and the Universal saucer.
As the exchange of information in our everyday lives becomes increasingly digital, and interpersonal dialogues ‘televisual’, the experience of communication is mediated in a way that physical form becomes coded as image space. The GM ‘Loop’ series explores the reversal of this condition, the translation of an embodied aesthetic from digital information to physical object. The forms are created using computer modeled imagery and thematically informed by the genetic modification of organic forms of food. Read more…