Angie Russi - Hand Made Ceramics

Ceramic Artist

Angie lives and works in North Central Victoria. Her studio is nestled in the garden of her home in the main street of Rushworth; a small historic goldmining town on the edge of the Rushworth Heathcote State Forest.

Angie Russi in her studio

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about ceramic

An accomplished ceramic artist Angie has lived and worked from her studio in the small town of Rushworth – a small historic gold mining town tucked away in the corner of an iron bark forest located in central Victoria.

Angie graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor in Fine Arts Ceramics in 1981 and completed a Master’s in Community Cultural Development at VCA in 2006. During this time, Angie developed and honed her professional ceramics practice by using these skills to express her observations of the natural world.

She is perhaps best known for her quirky spotted guinea fowl series and her anthropomorphic bird women sculptures, many of which can be found in private homes, gardens, and businesses throughout Australia. Angie’s love of birds and use of winged creatures as muse and metaphor coupled with an ongoing love of porcelain, has inspired her to re-explore the beautiful qualities of this medium in
making a new body of work for her latest exhibition in 2023.

Developing a new body of work has allowed Angie to explore and exploit the qualities of whiteness, translucency, and fineness of Porcelain clay. Her subject matter is always inspired by the natural world and an investigative
curiosity that seeks to reveal something of the sacred within the mundane. Growing up in country Victoria surrounded by the ebb and flow of life in the wetlands on the family farm fascinated Angie as a child observing the evolution of ‘things’ and the continuum of life in the rich soup of the freshwater swamp. This formative experience which was not only experienced as a physical observation but felt deeply by her is emotionally ingrained in Angie’s outlook on life and underpins her work. Repeatedly using imagery and character of ‘the bird’ Angie experiences these creatures as inhabiting the space between earth and the heavens and feels that perhaps it is that the lightness of the wing allows her mind to soar.

Angie Russi at the wheel
Angie Russi in the studio
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Angie Russi in the Studio

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