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Crystalbrook Bailey Feature Artist, Nigel Perera

Meet the June - July feature artist at Crystalbrook Bailey, Nigel Perera

Back On The Wheel

We're delighted to welcome Nigel Perera to Crystalbrook Bailey as our June - July feature artist. His exhibition, Back On The Wheel, celebrates a return to the arts after a creative hiatus. Drawing on ancient traditions of wheel thrown pottery from Perera's country of birth, Sri Lanka, Back On The Wheel brings the ancient artform in a contemporary context. The clay is mixed and thrown onto hand-spun wheel, then fired in an open wood oven. With pots and urns of all shapes and sizes, this exhibition showcases experimentation with glaze and form. Influenced by Australian ceramic artists David Oswald and Ted Seccombe, Perera creates each piece to tell a story, whether through shape, form or the colour of the glaze. Back On The Wheel is a showcase of Perera's passion and love for the creative process to help save an ancient Sri-Lankan clay pottery tradition.

Meet the artist

Nigel Perera is a Cairns based artist with a love for his craft. The Sri-Lankan born artist studied pottery at Cairns TAFE and within his first year was taking on contracts as a production potter. Throughout his career, Perera has worked on a number of projects and jobs creating large scale thrown pots for island resorts, a niche that combined his love for the artform with his location, Tropical North Queensland. As Perera progresses his skills on the wheel, he enjoys experimenting with new techniques, from the wheel through to the kiln. 

Other key dates

  • 7 June: Exhibition opens
  • 9 June: Exhibition opening night, 'In conversation' artist talk with Nigel Perera at 6:30pm in the lobby at Crystalbrook Bailey. Free to attend with music by Jelly Oshen.
  • 30 July: Exhibition closes

Artwork from the exhibition are available for sale here.

Crystalbrook Collection acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live, work, and stand on. We acknowledge their continuing living culture, connection to land, waters and community, and extend our respect to Elders both past and present and upcoming future leaders.

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