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.
Brigitte Beyer is a ceramic artist working out of a studio in Carrington, under the moniker BRB Ceramics. Brigitte completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at the Univerisity of Newcastle specialising in Photography before falling in love with the ceramic medium. She is a self-proclaimed messy girl, loving the physicality and dirtiness of working with clay.
Beyer’s work is only subtly reflective of her messy tendencies. At first glance, Beyer’s ceramic pieces are clean and cool, uniform and effortless. But upon closer inspection we can notice a surprising rawness expressed in her pieces, from the almost-but-not-quite-traditional forms, to the unexpected glaze finishes.
“I like dissecting how I might capture the repetitive production processes of industrial design and architecture in my works. Ultimately, making is a really experimental process for me- everything feels like a sketch until it emerges from the kiln and becomes permanent.”
Having been exposed to the pottery wheel from a young age, the artist says she never considered it a serious career path while studying Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle. It was after graduating that Beyer gravitated back to the wheel to find reconnection with herself and her creative practice.
“Something about being on the wheel is so meditative. You have no thoughts, you’re just listening to the clay- it shapes you as much as you shape it.
Aesthetically, inspiration for her works come from repetitive and rhythmical processes in the world around her.
“I hope my works are completed in the imaginations of the audiences. These vessels are open-ended questions answered through the audience's reception. I want them to feel like envelopes, and for the audience to write their own answers to place within them.”