Working from his studio in Albury, Tom's ceramic practice involves the processes of slip casting, press moulding and hand building, with a particular focus on colour and design. His works are usually functional; however a current innovation is to preserve botanical specimens in a porcelain slip. I make functional and sculptural pieces that I describe as affordable Art for the home. Along with teapots, cups, bowls and plates, all his work has a clean line; is colourful and functional to use.
Over the last couple of years he has been experimenting with dipping in porcelain small branches of our local magnificent river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). The plant material turns to ash so it means the resulting wall sculptures are hollow. He had a successful show with this work two years ago at the Penrith Regional Arts Centre. A number of curators in Sydney purchased from the installation. One went to Luxembourg and another to collectors in Paris.
Tom has been out on Eastern Hill and at Mungabareena Reserve pressing clay sheets onto the trunks of the same old trees making vases and platters from the remarkable textures. Since 1987 Tom has held numerous solo shows, both regionally and nationally, including Albury (annually), Melbourne, Sydney and Alice Springs. His ceramics are in National and International collections. Group exhibitions in Albury, Wagga, Shepparton, Melbourne and Sydney have featured his work.
Commissions include working as a project artist at Casula Power House Regional Arts Centre' a project funded by Arts NSW and as an artist in residence at Myrtleford Secondary College. He also received a grant from Festivals Australia to work within his local community.
Tom has retailed his work from various outlets, including the Jam Factory, Australian Trends and gallery Handmade in Melbourne. His work is available at GIGS Art Gallery on the Lincoln Causeway.
Tom Strachan's next exhibition will be held at Creators Art Space, Gateway Village on the Lincoln Causeway. Exhibition opening: 6pm Friday 13 December 2013.