Susie McMeekin

Susie McMeekin

Susie McMeekin was born in 1954 while the family was living in Mittagong and her father Ivan McMeekin was establishing the Sturt Pottery. Ivan was one of the founding members of Potters Society of Australia now known as The Australian Ceramics Association. She began potting in 1978. Susie is one of a few second generation potters working in Australia. In 1989 she established her own workshop in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. She is slowly evolving her own style although still adhering to the concept of using as many local materials as possible. A great love of simplicity is the underpinning feature of her work. Good shapes and good glazes.

Susie uses a gas kiln and has recently built a wood burning kiln. The introduction of a wood burning kiln will expand the breadth of her work considerably. She was originally trained in the late 1970’s to fire a wood kiln much to the puzzlement of the pottery world. Other potters questioned Ivan as to why he was continuing the practice of wood firing in an age of gas, oil and electricity. Shortly after the wood firing phenomenon took off and has continued to grow since the early 1980’s. Susie has continued to develop her wood firing skills by assisting other potters with their firings over the past twenty years.
The gas kiln she has used for the past 28 years was built instead of a wood kiln as she had a young family and it was felt that she could make, pack and fire alone without having to organise a team to assist.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016   The Mansfield Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2012   Delineation, The Sturt Gallery, Mittagong N.S.W.
2010   After Fuping, East West Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2008   Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne, Victoria
2007   Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, N.S.W.
2003   East West Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2002   Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2000   Ceramic Art Gallery, Paddington, N.S.W.
1999   Gallery on Lurline, Katoomba, N.S.W.
1998   Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1997   Ceramic Art Gallery, Paddington, N.S.W.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018   Wood Fire Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery Newtown, N.S.W.
2017   China Ningbo Belt, Road Celadon Culture and Art Week, Huamao Art Museum. Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.
2017   Tableware Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W.
2017   Wood Fire Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W.
2016   Wood Fire Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W.
2015   Touched by Wood, Mansfield Gallery, Darlinghurst N.S.W.
Tableware, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W. Wood Fire Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, N.S.W
2014   Opening Exhibition, Mansfield Gallery, Darlinghurst N.S.W. Wood Fire Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W.
2013   Fuping Sharing the Experience, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong N.S.W One Foot on the Black, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W.
2012   Tableware, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W. Milton Moon and Friends, Peter Pinson Gallery N.S.W.
2011   Wood Fire Tasmania 50 Stories, Deloraine, Tasmania
Wood Fire Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown N.S.W.
2010   Fuping+3, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Friends, Clay Energy Conference, Gulgong N.S.W.
2009   Between Season Show, Cudegong Gallery,Gulgong N.S.W.
Fuping in Good Company, Skepsi On Swanston, Melbourne, Victoria
2008   Wood Fire Conference Show, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong N.S.W.
2007   Susie McMEEKIN and Malcolm Greenwood, Freeland Gallery, Paddington N.S.W.
Opening Exhibition Australasian Museum Fu Li Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, Shaanxi Province, China
2006   McMeekin – Nealie, Mura Clay Gallery, Newtown N.S.W.
Opening exhibition, Freeland Gallery, Paddington N.S.W.
2005   Earthly Encounters – Studio Ceramics of the Central West, Orange Regional Gallery & travelling exhibition.
Gulgong Connections, Alpha House, Dorset, UK
Gulgong Connections, The Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK
2004   Collectors Choice, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, QLD
Stepping Out, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong N.S.W.
Sidney Myer International Ceramic Award. Shepparton Regional Gallery, Shepparton, Victoria
Art Singapore, The Concourse Level 3, Suntec, Singapore
Celebrating the Masters, Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne ,Victoria
2003   50th Anniversary Show, Sturt Gallery Mittagong N.S.W.
Ceramics, Australian and New Zealand Context, Campbelltown Regional Gallery N.S.W.
‘The Second Wave’ Australian Contempory Ceramics Influenced by the Orient, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Melbourne Victoria

2002   Ceramic Focus, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst N.S.W.
Ceramics Connection, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith N.S.W.
Burton, Manning & McMeekin, Ceramic Art Gallery, Paddington N.S.W.
1999   Ceramics, the Australian Context, Campbelltown Regional Gallery Campbelltown N.S.W.
1998   Salad Days, Ceramic Art Gallery, Paddington N.S.W.
1997   Nealie , McMeekin, Urvine, Oz Art Space, Katoomba N.S.W.
1996   Tea For Two, National Ceramics Conference, Canberra A.C.T.

AWARDS

2002   Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown N.S.W.
2001   Highly Commended, Royal Easter Show
2001   1st Prize, Rhododendron Festival
2000   1st Prize, Art in the Mountains
1999   1st Prize, Rhododendron Festival
1997   1Sst Prize, Blue Mountains Art Prize
1980/81   Australia Council Grant

COLLECTIONS

Sturt Permanent Collection, N.S.W, Fu Li Ceramic Art Museum Fuping, Shaanxi , China, Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery N.S.W. & Private collections in Australia and overseas.

ARTICLES

‘In Support of Function’, Yarrobil. No 6 January 2017
The Cover of Ceramic Art and Perception. No 95, 2014
‘Beavering Away in the Mountains’ Journal of Australian Ceramics. Vol 511 by Christopher Sanders
“Leading Us Where?” Journal of Australian Ceramics. Vol 50
‘Travel Tales of a Stoker” The Log Book
‘Blossom Jar’ Australian Ceramics Glassware and Pottery. Vol 9 No 3
‘Remembrance of Things Past” Ceramic Art and Perception NO 59 by Kerry King.
‘Ceramic Connections’ Ceramic Art and Perception No 53 by Jan Needham.
‘Susie McMeekin: In Her Fathers Fingerprints” Ceramic Art and Perception. No 41 by John Freeland.
‘A Holistic Approach’ Pottery in Australia. Vol 41 No 3 by Margret Turton.

COMMISSIONS

Gifts for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Australia for the Royal Family and the Governor General.

Susie is President and a Deputy Captain in the South Katoomba Rural Fire Brigade.