Dawn Vachon is a uniquely talented ceramist.
The winged vase is a combination of wheel throwing, hand-building. The free-flowing form and multi-coloured painterly glaze are skillfully combined to create an object unlike any other. This piece is an example of function, beauty, and durability.
Size: H 200 mm W (base) 120 mm W (opening at top) 70 mm
After an early career in baking, she decided to study ceramics at art school in the hope she could be as physically creative, with a less ephemeral end product.
Dawn graduated from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008, and moved to Melbourne shortly after. Initially, she completed a one-year residency at the Incinerator Arts Complex in Moonee Ponds and spent time in her home studio working with clay, until she found her way into Melbourne's ceramics community.
Her work starts as an experiment with alternate ways of using common ceramic materials to come up with a totally unique piece. She employs various techniques within that piece that depend on what she is making at the time.
She describes her work as, "the result of several half-sentences and truncated revelations, arranged together in an attempt to organise the wrinkles and the clamour into something faintly melodious".
We think Dawn's work is lyrical, playful, and beautiful.