Kerrie Lowe Gallery specialises in contemporary ceramics and aims to show the huge diversity and high standard of work made by members of the Australian ceramics community. This can be seen in translucent porcelain table lamps, rough textured woodfired vessels, large sculptural pieces and functional tableware that is a pleasure to use.
The gallery has been located at the northern end of King Street, Newtown in Sydney since the early 1990s, first at number 8, later moving to larger premises at 49 – 51. On the retirement of Irene Mura Schroder in 2007, Kerrie took over the business and was joined by Elisabeth in 2008.
Our usual practice is to run two consecutive exhibitions, one in the Shopfront Gallery fronting onto King Street, and the other in the Small Gallery, usually reserved for one person shows. Many exhibitions are curated on a theme such as the annual Woodfire show featuring practitioners from around Australia. Another is the yearly Student Exhibition featuring graduating students from Universities and TAFE Colleges in Sydney; always a stimulating show.
We begin each year celebrating Mardi Gras with a group exhibition. During Reconciliation Week we exhibit ceramics and paintings by Indigenous artists from as far away as Ernabella, a community located in far north west South Australia, and Munupi in the Tiwi Islands above Darwin.
A recent highlight was a comprehensive exhibition featuring Porcelain in all its forms; a very popular show. Periodically we mount an exhibition by teachers of ceramics in NSW to promote opportunities for learning more about this exciting medium.
Solo exhibitions are usually held in the Small Gallery, an intimate space ideal for displaying ceramics. Over the course of a year the gallery provides access to the work of over 200 ceramicists. These range from emerging artists to those who can be considered masters in their chosen field.
In addition to Australian ceramicists we feature contemporary painters, printmakers, sculptors and jewellers whose work is equally fresh and exciting. We also support the ceramics community by providing easy access to pottery supplies in inner city Sydney.