Bill Samuels

Bill Samuels works with wood-fired ceramics specialising in shino-type glazes. His first pots – wood-fired raku – were made in the mid-1960s and he built his first wood-fired kiln in 1969. Recent exhibitions include Woodfire, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney 2017; Quietude, remembering Peter Rushforth, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne 2016; Australian Woodfire: Curator’s Choice, Strathnairn Arts, Canberra 2015; and Making Ground, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 2013. Samuels was President of the Australian Potters’ Society. His work is held in the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden; National Gallery of Australia and Australian National University, Canberra; the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney; and numerous state and regional galleries.

“The 1960s were remarkable: art changed, art education changed – the Art Student Balls even made headlines! Art was something you did out of necessity.”

b. 1944, Sydney / lives and works in Macquarie Fields NSW

ESTC/NAS student, 1963–1965 and 1968
Ceramics lecturer, 1980–1985
Head of Ceramics, 1997–2008
Acting Head of Studies, 2007–2008

Remembering Nore, 2006,
unprocessed clay, 77 × 48 × 11 cm.
Gift of Bill Samuels, 2018

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