Tim Moorehead: Vessel Icon
According to the Australian Pottery at Bemboka website, Tim Moorhead (1943- ) obtained a degree in Fine Art from the California State University before migrating to Australia in 1968. He met his wife Susan Moorhead (1947-1990) when they worked together at Studio Anna in Sydney in 1969. (She had recently graduated from the RMIT ceramics course.) The couple ran a pottery school at Hawthorn, Victoria before moving to Tanja, NSW, and setting up a studio there, making both functional ware and one-off pieces. After Susan's death, Tim enrolled in an MA in Visual Arts Research at Monash University, which he completed in 1995. A qualified TAFE teacher, he has lectured in tertiary art schools across Australia, held numerous short-term residencies and participated in a range of professional committees. He is a past Creative Arts Fellow of The Australian National University and, in 2007, was inducted into the H. C. Coombs Roll of Honour. In recent years he has worked in a variety of media. Works to 1990 may be impressed 'Moorhead' or 'Moorhead Pottery Tanja NSW 2550 Australia'. Recent work is incised 'Moorhead Tathra' and may also be impressed 'Moorhead Studio Tathra NSW Australia'.
The Work of Art
Vessel Icon was created using a blue glass and gold lustre. The work was one of several exhibited in 1997 at the Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National Gallery. The work takes as its inspiration ancient forms of ceramics and Greek and Roman mythologies. The blue glased vase has a golden sheen as the light catches it. It's shape resembles the vessels, vases and flasks of the mid to late 7th Century BCE as shown below.