For 45 years Pippin Drysdale’s ordered studio in Fremantle, Western Australia, has witnessed the creation of exquisite landscapes ‘in the round’, made on her porcelain vessels, marbles or platters, each of which is the result of her endless and focused experimentation with colour, line and shape, applied in her unique fashion to the ceramic sculptures she creates. These sculptures reflect the vast Australian landscape, the remote and grandiose geology of the famous Kimberley or Pilbara regions and tie the land irrevocably to the stories of Australia’s first peoples. In 2021 she has turned her attention to the minutiae of that environment, looking at the “smallness” rather than the “grandiose” and will be exhibiting beautiful, sensitive new collections during October at Linton & Kay Galleries.
Drysdale is widely acclaimed as one of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists with works held in major collections nationally and internationally, and works collected for many years by the Duke of Devonshire for the Chatsworth collection. In 2008 she was named a Master of Australian Craft by the Australia Council for the Arts and in 2015 the West Australian Government conferred on her the Living Treasure Award. Curtin University of Technology awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts in February 2020.