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
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Cone Aspire was shown as part of a solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery in Sydney. The sculpture contemplates tension between development, redundancy and waste, reflected in a torn and crumbling semi industrial aesthetic. Cone Aspire was purchased by The Powerhouse Museum in 1989. A separate work in the series, Cone, created during the First International Ceramic Symposium in Australia (1988), was exhibited in the exhibition ‘Urban Debris’ at the National Gallery of Australia in 1991 and acquired for their permanent collection. The characteristic perforations visible in this work are the result of a custom made extruder die, inspired by industrial brick making processes and adapted by Bamford for a home made clay extruder engineered by Michael Sainsbury at the Canberra School of Art. The hollow extrusions facilitated the direct creation of relatively lightweight monumental clay structures.
1. Cone Aspire : Roderick Bamford, 1989
Earthenware, Polychrome decals :
2000 x 600 x 600mm:
Photograph Geoff Friend, courtesy PHM, Sydney.
2. Cone : Roderick Bamford:1988
Earthenware, Polychrome decals
1100 x 650 x 650mm:
Photograph courtesy National Gallery of Australia
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The Norman Lindsay vase, a limited edition reproduction of 300 porcelain vases with polychrome onglaze imagery was commissioned by the National Trust of Australia and Norman Lindsay Gallery following conservation difficulties with the original vase painted by Lindsay in the 1950’s. Research and production for this privately funded project was undertaken by Cone Nine Studios, Australia, between 2002 and 2004. Read more…
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Sonic Loop and Serpentine, a series of slip cast porcelain baskets, emerged from observations about the way technology can facilitate the translation of ‘felt’ experience into tangible, physical form. Using digital sensing, prototyping and fabrication technologies, the designs explore the idea of embodying the essence of song within a physical ceramic form.
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The ‘Artists cup’, a commission by Manfredi Enterprises in 2004, connects the fields of painting, product design, computer modeling, printing and manufacturing. The collaboration between artist, designer and manufacturer was made possible through the development of an innovative trans dimensional printing process to map two-dimensional images to three-dimensional form.
The painting South Coast Cottages by Reg Mombassa (aka Chris O’Doherty) was transform into a ceramic decal using the new imaging technology, which was subsequently applied to the latte beaker. It was the first commercial application of the process developed by Rod Bamford for the Lindsay Vase conservation project.
The work exemplifies the potential of digital photogrammetric trans-dimensional printing to facilitate collaboration between visual artists, designers and manufacturers in a commercial environment. The ‘Artists cup’ was exhibited as part of the major exhibition ‘Smart Works”, at the Powerhouse Museum in 2007. This influential survey exhibition showcased the place and meaning of the ‘handmade’ in design and relationships between individuals and partnerships, nationally and internationally.
The Artist Cup Series :
Latte Beaker and Saucer for Manfredi Enterprises
Design : Roderick Bamford: 2004
Image Artwork : Reg Mombassa
Photograph courtesy Manfredi Enterprises
Smart works: design and the handmade, Grace Cochrane (ed), Sydney: Powerhouse Museum 2007. ISBN 9781863171229 (pbk.)
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…
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‘Sustain me : contemporary design’, an exhibition showcasing contemporary approaches to sustainable design was Curated by Rod Bamford & Liz Williamson. The exhibition was shown at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, 30 July – 22 august 2009, and the catalogue remains accessible via the internet at http://sustainme.cofa.unsw.edu.au/
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