Madeleine Child

Artist's Statement

There's those things/people you stumble across if you're lucky that make you think "oh, I didn't know I was allowed to do that", and gives permission for some Other.

Ceramics is heavy with rules - offers plenty to push against.

My mother encouraged us to do something a little bit illegal everyday. My father's motto was 'If a job's worth doing it's worth doing badly".

I move between looking at loads of things that humans have been making with this stuff beneath our feet and then leave all that and just think -what can I make today? You form a bubble to work within and against. Things that come with inherent funniness, comic clumsiness, organic fecundity... popcorn, mudplops - small explosions; or things that you instinctively want to veer away from ... ( pod forms, autumn poplars, fireside spaniels) - all material to start with.

Paying attention to clay in all it's states, timing, working against gravity, acknowledging that you never have complete control, the phenomena of accident and chance, the dynamics between intention and luck.

You're making a kakariki with it's yellow crown and the glaze runs so you have Bird with Poop on it's Head, instead.





1992-1993    Advanced Studies 3D, Central St Martins College of Art, London
1990-1992    MA Royal College of Art, Ceramics & Glass
1991            The Lisbon Studio, (AR.CO) Portugal.
                   Tricia Guild Travel Scholarship, New York.
1987-1990    BA(Hons) Ceramics First Class, Camberwell School of Art, London
1978            Ceramics Certificate, Otago Polytechnic, NZ



2012-           Self- employed
2008-2011    P/T Senior Lecturer, Dunedin School of Art
2004-2007    Head of Ceramics/ Lecturer, Dunedin School  of Art
1997-2003    Full-time Lecturer BFA, MFA Ceramics, DSA


Selected Exhibitions:

2013             Wallace Art Awards Jury Award
2013             Changing Threads, Nelson
2013             Dunedin Art Awards.
2013             Man Ray Re-mades, Antarctic Riviera Project Space, Dunedin
2012             ILT Art Awards,  Invercargill
2012             Object, Cecil Veda Gallery, Wellington
2012             Wallace Art Awards.
2012             New Souvenirs Gallery 33
2012             Sculpture on the Gulf, Madpanic Collective
2012             Mudplops,  Raynor Bros, Wanganui
2012             Portage Ceramics Awards
2011             Wallace Art Award, Finalist, Auckland
2011             Wild Things, RAVE Rotorua.
2011             Slippage, Sculpture on the Peninsula
2011             Whitespace Ceramics Show. Auckland
2011             New Work RH Gallery, Nelson.
2011             Dunedin Art Awards, 2nd Prize
2011             Central Otago Art Award Finalist
2010             Stickier, Temple Gallery, Dunedin*
2010             Scent of Summer, Gallery 33, Wanaka
2010             Sticky, RH Gallery, Woollaston, Mahana, Nelson*
2010             Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Australia            
2010             Floriferous, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui*
2010             Putiputi, Hastings City Art Gallery*
2010             Double Vision, Pataka Museum, Wellington*
2010             'Sweet As' Dunedin Public Art Gallery, NZ
2009             More than Looking, Whangarei Art Museum
2009             Lower Life Forms, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington*
2009             Portage Ceramic Awards, Auckland* Premier Award
2009             Vegetable Sheep Theory, Gallery 33 NZ*
2009             Southern Muster, COCA  Christchurch.
2009             Sealink Small Sculpture Award, Merit Award,
                    Waiheke, Auckland.*
2008/9          'Sweet As', Whitespace Gallery, Auckland.
2008             Wallace Art Award Finalist *
2008             Portage Ceramic Award, NZ,  Merit Award
2008             MINO International Ceramics, Japan
2008             Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award, COCA,
2008             Magic of Mud, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
2008             Best In Show, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2007             Wallace Art Awards, Finalist, Auckland
2006             Sidney Myer International Ceramics Award,
                    Shepparton, Australia*
2006             Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
2005             Norsewear Art Awards, NZ
                    Portage Ceramics Award, Auckland.
                    Gold Coast Ceramics Award, Australia

* collaborative work with Philip Jarvis



2011             Creative New Zealand, New Work*
2011             CNZ/DOC Wild Creations*
2009             Creative New Zealand, New Work*                         
2004             Creative New Zealand, Creative and Professional
                    Development Grant* 
1996             Creative New Zealand, Creative and Professional
                    Development Grant                                                               



2011             Dunedin Art Award, 2nd prize.
2009             Portage Ceramic Award, Joint Premier Award*
2009             Merit Award, Sealink Small Sculpture Prize,
                    Waiheke, Auckland*
2004             Merit Award, Norsewear Art Award*   
                    Merit Award, Waiheke Ceramic Awards, NZ*
2003             Gold Coast International Ceramics Acquisition Award*
2000             Premier Award, Sidney Myer International Ceramics*



2012             Lochmara Lodge Artist Residency, Marlborough.
2011             Wild Creations, DOC/CNZ Rotorua Lakes, NZ
2009             Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia*
2004             AIR-Vallauris, Vallauris, France*
1997             Millay Colony for the Arts, New York State, USA*
1996             EKWC, s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands



                    Te Papa Museum, Wellington, NZ*
                    A.I.R Vallauris, France
                    Museum het Princessehof, Leeuwarden,The Netherlands
                    Frans Hals Museum, The Netherlands
                    Shepparton Art Gallery, Australia
                    Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ
                    Otago Museum, Dunedin , Auckland Museum ,NZ


Selected Publications:

2011             Art News NZ,  Summer
2000             Ten Thousand years of Pottery, Emmanuel Cooper,
                    British Museum Press
1998             One Hundred New Zealand Craft Artists, Helen Schamroth
                    Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issues 47,52, 70.
                    Ceramics Technical, Issues 13, 14.
2000             Ceramics Monthly, November