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    Posted 6 months ago

    vetraio50
    (734 items)

    So it has been ten years since I posted a piece by Bernard Sahm and it remains one of my prized pieces of Australian pottery. Yesterday I headed south on a train just seven stops away from home and visited an antique centre for the first time. I bought two things and this is one of them : a candle holder of large form. Stoneware decorated with grey, light brown and blue matt glazes, Australian, c. 1973, impressed 'BS' monogram, height 15 cm.(6 ins), diameter 19.5 cm. (7.6 ins).

    Bernard Sahm, active 1949-c1990
    Unlike most contemporary ceramic artists, Sahm's early ceramic training was in commercial studio Martin Boyd Pottery, Terra Ceramics in Sydney and, in 1956, at Gutenhalde Ceramics in Stuttgart. The Sahms then travelled to Britain, where Bernard secured work at Harry and May Davis's Crowan Potteryn near St Ives, in Cornwall, England. He was throwing an amazing 100 lidded pots a day.

    ''His work is strong and elegant. He is a traditionalist but he is never dull or conventional.'' wrote the critic James Gleeson.

    Bernard Sahm was a greatly respected potter whose work is represented in all the major galleries of Australia. Sahm’s original approach to his art took up the counter-cultural spirit of the times using parody and wit to portray what Sahm saw as the absurdities in society. Themes from an exhibiton in Faenza Italy in 1976 were: Pillars of Society, Art Machines, Mind Modifying Machines, Concept Dispensers, Helpful Hints, and Funerary Urns. Over time the nature of his output increasingly blurred the distinction between ceramics and sculpture while at the same time critiquing society and specifically the art world. The ceramic work of Bernard Sahm (1926-2011) is represented in all the major galleries of Australia.

    Teaching and Academic Positions
    1964-1976 Taught Ceramics at National Art School, Sydney.
    1977-1984 Senior Lecturer and Head of Ceramics Department, Sydney College of the Arts.

    The success of many ceramic artists who have graduated from the Sydney College of the Arts stands as a testament to his vision.

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      I'm off to buy it a candle.
    2. racer4four racer4four, 6 months ago
      Congrats for recognising it and acquiring it.
      Very understated, very Sahm.
    3. dav2no1 dav2no1, 6 months ago
      Nice find...
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks MODERNRELIC, KAREN, DAV2, Visum, ARTPOTTERY, BHIFOS & FORTAPACHE !!!!!
    5. Newfld Newfld, 6 months ago
      Gorgeous!
    6. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 months ago
      thanks Kevin indeed a great modernist design
    7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 months ago
      really nice pairing!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks KIVATINITZ, HO2CULTCHA, NEWFLD, CISUM, BEN & BLUNDERBUSS !.!!!!.!
    9. jbingham95 jbingham95, 6 months ago
      Very nice.Thanks for the interesting information on the artist.It gives me something to always be on the lookout for when I go picking.
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks JBINGHAM & VINTAGELAMP !!!!!
    11. inky inky, 6 months ago
      Great find, Kevin..
    12. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
      I prefer to not put candles in my pottery unless I know if drip is easy to get off. This candleholder is beautiful in design and you are lucky to know what it is, congrats !~
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks OFFICIALFUEL a for the love and to INKY & PHIL for those kind words.
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks BLAMMOAMMO !.!!.!
    15. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 months ago
      Great design!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks SEAN for your kind comments !.!!.!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks AURA !.!.!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks IRISHCOLLECTOR !!!!!
    19. Joel222, 6 months ago
      nice write up ..... '-))
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks JOEL222 !!!!
    21. Glenn12345 Glenn12345, 4 months ago
      great information , always nice to see your posts....later
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
      Many thanks GLENN, MANIKIN & KWQD !!!!! DECOVOO TOO !!!!!

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