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Marea Gazzard, Paddington, Sydney
, 1963 (printed 2000)

by David Moore

gelatin silver photograph

Marea Gazzard (b. 1928), ceramic artist, trained in Sydney and London before emerging as one of England's most important ceramicists in the 1950s. She returned with her husband to Australia in 1960. Together they set about building a strikingly modern house in Paddington, while starting the first urban action group in Sydney to help save the area. In 1973, with fibre artist Mona Hessing, Gazzard was one of the first craftspeople invited to exhibit at the Victorian Art Gallery. Through the seventies and eighties she exhibited large abstract works and held the first Chair of the Crafts Board of the Australia Council. President of the World Crafts Council from 1980 to 1984, she was commissioned to create the bronze sculpture Mingarri: the Little Olgas (1988) which stands in the central Executive Courtyard of New Parliament House, Canberra. Gazzard's recent works include Zabuton, a series of clay Tatami pillows influenced by a Japanese crafts residency.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001
Accession number: 2001.132