The Most Delightful Thing on Earth:
The Art of Gladys Reynell
30 June – 24 September 2006
"The most delightful thing on earth" is how Gladys Reynell described the idea of making pots from Australian clay. South Australia's first studio potter, Reynell began her artistic career as a painter under the guidance of Margaret Preston, who became a lifelong friend. The two artists learnt pottery together in Europe and returned to Australia consumed with a Modernist aesthetic, inspiring Reynell to create innovative and distinctive earthenware with abstract designs and Australian flora and fauna. Timed to mark the 50th anniversary of her death, this retrospective showcases the broad talent of this artist with 160 ceramics, paintings, drawings and prints.
Gladys Reynell, Australia, 1881 - 1956, Emu beaker, 1917, London, earthenware, sgraffito decoration, 10.0, 8.7 cm (diam); South Australian Government Grant assisted by the Crafts Board of the Australia Council 1980.