The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.
NAG Collection Artist
Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1928, Shiego Shiga is a ceramicist of exquisite skill and technique. Shiga has had an immense influence on Australian ceramic art as we know it today 🍶. The artist studied in Japan under masters at the Kyoto Ceramic Institute, and then came to Australia in 1966, where he ended up staying for 13 years 🇦🇺 . During this time he established Asuka Pottery, and became a teacher at the National Art School in Sydney. Shiga’s work displays immense technical mastery and formal experimentation.
What emerging artist Brigitte Beyer had to say:
“THE WHITE STONE SURFACE OF SHIGA’S ‘SPHERICAL POT’ INDICATES SOME NATURAL TREASURE- THE SMOOTHEST PEBBLE OR PALE EGG. IT SPEAKS TO AN URGE TO WANDER IN NATURE SURROUNDED BY ALLURING FORMS.”
Read the interview!