Swedish born ceramicist Ulrica Trulsson is known for the restrained minimalist quality of her domestic ware, visible in this series of stoneware vessels, vases and canisters.
There is an apparent simplicity to her work, underpinned by an inherent attention to detail that looks effortless. Wheel thrown forms are carefully crafted, characterised by refined structural elements and subdued glazes and textures. In many respects these works are an ode to the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement (1880-1910) with its celebration of materials.
Configured into groupings, Trulsson’s vessels are as much informed by their formal qualities and surface details as they are by the negative space which they occupy and their relationship to each other. Aspects such as light and shadow, presence and absence are of equal value.
Trulsson has exhibited across Australia, with a solo exhibition profiling her work at Sabbia Gallery, Sydney. She currently has a studio at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design and is based in Adelaide.
2017 presents exhibitions of new work by contemporary ceramicists in the glass display cabinet of SAM’s entry. Curated in partnership with Bree Claffey of Melbourne based gallery and retailer Mr Kitly, Showcase is a unique opportunity for collectors and craft lovers to acquire work from established and emerging contemporary artists, as all pieces are available for purchase at the SAM shop.
Image: Ulrica Trulsson, stoneware, porcellaneous stoneware, matt, satin white & clear glaze; tallest height 40.5cm, 2017. Photography by Michael Haines.