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Michael Hallam

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Michael Hallum is a Lismore artist who works in fine, translucent porcelain.

Born and brought up in England, Michael came to be involved in ceramics over a long period of evening classes as a contrast and creative foil to his career as a nurse.
He continued learning at the Perth Potters' Club following migration to Western Australia in 2001 and studied ceramics full-time at Lismore TAFE after moving to Northern Rivers in 2009. Michael continues to develop an arts practice around ceramics, currently studying Visual Arts at Southern Cross University.

"A couple of years ago, in conversation with Justine Barrett, of the former Quotidian & Quixotic Gallery, I realised the nature of ceramic art for me. We spoke of the relationship with the process of making art and with the completed pieces as being like relationships with a friend or lover. Exploring new processes of making ceramic art, the limits of materials, learning the pitfalls of construction can feel like getting to know someone; pushing the boundaries to find the best fit, the most stimulating conversation, fun and friction. Relationships with finished pieces are similar. Sometimes they appeal immediately, sometimes a little later. They have their own personalities and histories. They continually teach me how to look and see and appreciate.

Porcelain is a tough material that allows ceramists to test its strength by using the least possible material to make light and delicate pieces. I enjoy the counterpoint of this tough, delicate material and the lessons it teaches me every day.

My ongoing preoccupation is the interaction of porcelain and light. My shapes are pared down, uncomplicated, simple cylinders and envelope forms. Light bounces off their surfaces; it pours through their walls and illuminates their structure and highlights their form, showing evidence of the processes of their construction. Dribbles, tears and varying thicknesses are obvious, amplified and celebrated by interacting with light.

My recent innovations use liquid porcelain to draw, creating patterns on the surface and through the clay, altering the movement of light through the structure and revealing secret details in the pots once they are fired
." Michael Hallam, 2014.

One can only wonder at how Michael can refer to his work as "pots"!

Michael has exhibited in Perth, Melbourne and the Northern Rivers, NSW. His work is in private collections in the UK, USA, South Africa and across Australia.
©2011-2014 The Channon Gallery
White-Landscape-Michael-Hallam
Michael Hallam
White Landscape

Porcelain
40cm high x 10cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-101
$250

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©2011-2014 The Channon Gallery
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Michael Hallam
Rococo Cylinder

Porcelain
40cm high x 10cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-102
$250

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©2011-2014 The Channon Gallery
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Michael Hallam
Translucent Series 1 - Medium

Porcelain
20cm high x 15cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-103
$350

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©2011-2014 The Channon Gallery
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Michael Hallam
Translucent Series 2 - Tall

Porcelain
32cm high x 10cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-104
$250

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©2011-2014 The Channon Gallery
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Michael Hallam
Mycelium Plate

Porcelain
30cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-105
$350

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Michael Hallam
Mycelium Bowl

Porcelain
9cm tall x 30cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-106
$390

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©2011-2014 The Channon Gallery
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Michael Hallam
White Dish

Porcelain
6cm tall x 30cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-107
$250

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Michael Hallam
Bijoux Cylinder (tealight)

Porcelain
4.5cm tall x 7.5cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-108
$ 30each; 5 for $120

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©2011-2014 The Channon Gallery
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Michael Hallam
White Dune (envelope)

Porcelain
16cm tall x 28cm long.

Cat. No. MHA-109
$250

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Michael Hallam
Black Cylinder

Porcelain
33cm tall x 10cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-110
$220

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Michael Hallam
Copper Flow (Mirror image cylinders)

Porcelain
17cm tall x 10cm diam.

Cat. No. MHA-111
$250 each

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