Shannon Garson is an Australian ceramic artist specialising in thrown, decorated porcelain.
Shannon has developed her unique approach combining draftsmanship with ceramics over the last decade and has become one of Australia’s most collectable ceramicists. Her practice continues to grow with a collection of limited edition tableware and exhibition work developing side by side.
Shannon’s latest exhibition work articulates landscape using domestic pots as vessels for drawings about the strange beauty and wonder to be found in the marginalized eco-systems of the littoral zone. Details of shorelines, rock pools and coastal wallum scrub are revealed in the sgraffito and oxide drawings that crawl over the surface of these delicately thrown porcelain vessels.
“I want the surface of the pot to be part of the drawing, not just a surface for the drawing to sit on. I want the whole pot to be experienced, from the weight of it as you pick it up, the texture, the drawing, colour, smoothness of the glaze, all the elements draw the viewer into experiencing the vessel.”
Shannon’s studio is based in a small rural town in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. Each piece of porcelain is unique, the result of many hours work.In addition to her artistic practice Shannon runs innovative workshops incorporating nature in porcelain and surface design for schools and small groups.