Megan Puls

Represented Artist

Megan Puls

Represented Artist

Well known as a teacher and a professional ceramicist, Gold Coast based artist Megan Puls is widely exhibited, highly awarded and is one of Australia’s most successful ceramic artists. Recently, Megan Puls was selected as one of seven ceramic Australian artists to represent Australia in an exhibition entitled “Omnus -Terra” in Portland, Oregon.

Inspired by the natural landscape around her, in particular the native wetland habitats, Megan is constantly creating, experimenting and pushing the boundaries of her chosen field.

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BIOGRAPHY

Well known as a teacher and a professional ceramicist, Megan is widely exhibited, highly awarded and is one of Australia’s more successful ceramic artists. Never content to remain static, she develops new skills, new techniques and new forms with consummate speed and mastery of her materials. Her works has featured in art competitions, festivals, magazines and books and are held by national and international collectors.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is inspired by the wetland habitat of Australia. The horizontal lines represent the tidal markings found in mangrove landscapes and the miniscule piercings mimic the tiny crustacean burrows found in mudflats. I especially enjoy the challenge of combining different clays and found recycle objects. In these pieces, the smooth white porcelain contrasts with the organic earthy hues of rust and recycled wood. These differences in form and texture suggest the inter-relatedness of flora and fauna in the tidal zone.
Each cluster of vessels tells the story of different aspects of the wetlands – from the waves of the ocean through to the crabs and the birdlife. Organic in shape and quiet in nature, these vessels evoke the beauty and fragility of this complex ecosystem.
It’s about connectivity – water is life, it is central to every one of us and is the common element that connects us all – in our world and in our being. It connects all the continents in the world. It makes us one.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2017 Mangrove, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2017 All Lands Omnus-Terra, Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon, USA
2016 Invited – one of six Australian Ceramic Artists to exhibit, NCECA, Portland, Oregon USA
2016 Artisan Gallery Brisbane “Objects of Desire” Travelling Exhibition
2016 Silt Solo, Makers Gallery, Clayfield AUSTRALIA
2016  Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Art Prize (preselected)
2016 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (preselected)
2015 Clunes Ceramic Award  (preselected)
2014 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2014 Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs (preselected)
2014 Jindivik Travelling Sculpture Show, Baw Baw Travelling Section, Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort
2013 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2013 Ignition, Sunshine Coast Art Award (preselected)
2012 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2010 Landline Leadlines, Cooloola Regional Gallery, Gympie AUSTRALIA
2011 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2010 Ignition, Sunshine Coast Art Award (preselected)
2010 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2009 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2008 Ignition, Sunshine Coast Art Award (preselected)
2008 Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Art Prize (preselected)
2008 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2008 Salute, Fusions Gallery, curated by Dr Janet Mansfield, Brisbane (preselected)
2008 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (preselected)
2007 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2007 Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs (preselected)
2006 Ignition, Sunshine Coast Art Award (preselected)
2006 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2006 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (preselected)
2005 Outback Regional Gallery, Winton (preselected)
2005 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (preselected)
2005 Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs (preselected)
2004 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (preselected)
2003 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (preselected)
2003 Gold Coast Conrad Jupiters Art Award (preselected)
2002 Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Art Prize (preselected)
2002 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (preselected)
2002 Warwick Regional Art Gallery (preselected)
2000 Warwick Regional Art Gallery (preselected)
1998 City Council Gallery, NOUMEA
1998 Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Art Prize (preselected)
1998 The Toowoomba Biannual Acquisition Award and Exhibition (preselected)

SELECTED AWARDS

2016 Winner, Suncoast Clayworkers Award
2016 Highly Commended, Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence, Ceramic Arts Queensland
2015 Winner, Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence, Ceramic Arts Queensland
2014 Winner, Best Use of Traditional Materials, Jindivik Sculpture Awards
2014 Winner, John Villiers Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Show
2013 The Medalta International Cup Award, Canada
2013 Overall Winner, Gold Coast Potter’s Annual Members Exhibition
2013 Finalist in the Trinity Lutheran Art and Craft Exhibition – Ceramics Section
2012 Pride of Workmanship, Rotary Club Gold Coast
Preselected –
Clunes Ceramic Award
International Ceramic Art Award
Sunshine Coast Art Award
The Josephine Ulrick Ceramic Award
Outback Regional Gallery
Waltzing Matilda Art Award
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Art Prize
Port Hacking Potters Group, Certificate of Merit
Capricorn Coast Art Festival
Trinity Lutheran Award Of Excellence
Salute, Fusions Gallery
Alice Craft Acquisition
Warwick Regional Art Gallery
Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award
Gold Coast Conrad Jupiters Art Award
The Toowoomba Biannual Acquisition Award and Exhibition
1999, 2002, 2007 Gold Coast Potters, Wheelthrown Award
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery
Ignition Art Award of Excellence, Sunshine Coast
Stanthorpe Arts Festival, Most Outstanding Work
Darcy Doyle Art Award, Sculpture
Cairns Regional Gallery, Award 5
Caloundra Art Festival

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND AQUISITIONS

KunuraSan, Potter, 6th Generation, Japan, Shino Bowl
Singapore Private Collector, Shino Bowl
Laerkesen, Denmark, Copper Red Platter
Maroochy Shire Council, Maroochydore, Acquisition, Bronze Vessel in Form
Pan Macmillan Australia, Aboriginal Sculptures
Toowoomba Grammar Boys School, Deep Forest Diva and Vessel in Form
Gold Coast Potters Association, Nail of the Moon and Large Shino Platter
Dr Janet Mansfield, Billy Tea
Fleur Schell, Strata
Trinity Lutheran Award Of Excellence, Acquisition 2000 Vessel in Form, Acquisition 2007 Southern Ice
2012 Back to Back Gallery Newcastle, Acquisition
2012 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Acquisition
2013 The Medalta International Cup Award, Canada. Acquisition
2013 CFO Telstra
2013 Clunes Major Sponsor

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