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Andrei Davidoff Ceramics

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 5th September 2013

Handcrafted ceramics by Melbourne based Andrew Davidoff.  Photo – Clare Plueckhahn.

Handcrafted ceramics by Andrew Davidoff.  Photo – Clare Plueckhahn.

Melbourne ceramicist Andrew Davidoff in his Pascoevale studio.  Photos – Clare Plueckhahn.

Details from the studio of ceramicist Andrew Davidoff.  Photos – Clare Plueckhahn.

Another amazing local ceramicist for you today!  Sorry, not entirely balanced, as we’ve shared a few amazing potters lately… what can I say, there’s not a great deal of structure imposed on our research process – when someone blogworthy pops up on our radar, we pounce!

Andrei Davidoff is a Melbourne based ceramic artist and sculptor, who works from a backyard studio in Pascoe Vale. Originally born and bred in Sydney, Andrei initially undertook a Chemical Engineering / Commerce degree. Realising this path wasn’t for him, he went travelling, and followed a few snow seasons around the world before returning to Australia to stay with a good friend in the New South Wales snowy mountains. ‘He was a woodfire potter, digging his own clay, crushing rock for glazes – the whole nine yards!’ says Andrei. With no real interest in clay, Andrei started out assisting in his friend’s pottery studio. It was almost inevitable that he would pick up the clay himself at some stage, and when he did, the attraction was instant. ‘It was here that I developed a love and respect for the material, process, tradition and the Japanese aesthetic, as well as the importance of skill and craftsmanship’ says Andrei.

After discovering his creative calling somewhat unexpectedly, Andrei went on to study Fine Arts at COFA in Sydney, before moving to Melbourne and completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Ceramics at RMIT, followed by a masters (MFA) at RMIT, which he completed last year. I guess we can say he is one highly qualified ceramicist! Upon graduating, Andrei was fortunate to receive an ArtStart grant, which allowed him to kit out his little studio, and start building a practice.

Andrei currently produces three series of functional tableware, all made on the wheel from Australian porcelain and stone ware clays. His work is influenced by both a Scandinavian sensibility, and Eastern aesthetic, using smoke-curl brushwork, a minimalist colour palette and elegant forms to create uniquely tactile, functional pieces.  ‘Each piece is robust enough for daily use, and is made to enhance the presentation and enjoyment of food and drink’ says Andrei of his work.  ‘I’m into making work that is minimalist, and allows people to fall in love with tactile qualities of clay and glaze’. Much of his work is inspired by cultural food ceremonies, including tea/sake drinking, and Japanese food presentation and service.

Andrei’s work is currently stocked at Craft (formerly Craft Victoria – I cannot get used to the new name!) and Mr Kitly in Melbourne, at Planet Furniture in Sydney and One Small Room in Adelaide.

While we’ve focussed mainly on his functional vessels, Andrei also creates ceramic sculptures, and in fact has an exhibition opening of these works at Craft (formerly Craft Victoria) this month! This exhibition, entitled The Speicherring Project, presents a series of works combining both Andrei’s sculptural and functional ceramics practices.

The Speicherring Project by Andrei Davidoff
Open from 6 September to 12 October
Craft 
31 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC

Exhibition opening tonight from 6.00 – 8.00pm!

Handcrafted ceramics by Melbourne based Andrew Davidoff.  Photos – Clare Plueckhahn.

Ceramics by Andrew Davidoff.  Photos – Clare Plueckhahn.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 5th September 2013

29 comments

  • Jane 1 year ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Katie 1 year ago

    Beautiful pieces . Particularly like the back and white ones towards the end of the post. The notion behind their design shows through beautifully. Shame they’re in Australia and I’m not….

  • Vic Pemberton 1 year ago

    beautiful! so excited to have such an amazing artist living in my neck of the woods! pascoe vale represent :)

  • Tick 1 year ago

    Its great to see handmade ceramics growing in popularity. There is nothing like
    the feel and beauty of artisan pottery. Also you get to support a craftsperson, so
    what’s not to love about that?

    I hope Design Files does a story on artist Irrianna Kanellopoulou soon, her ceramic creations
    are amazing.

  • Julie Milton 1 year ago

    Nice work! Very organic, I can almost feel them in my hand! Well done!

  • Jill kellett 1 year ago

    Wonderful,wonderful…..

  • Donna 1 year ago

    Gorgeous! Also love the shot from above of the black bowls!

  • Louise Saxton 1 year ago

    love the photo of artist and child – very naturally delightful – and the work is exquisite!

  • Judy 1 year ago

    Divine!!!

  • Clare 1 year ago

    Ooooo… speckle glazes make my heart leap!

  • maryla 1 year ago

    Beautiful work. Would love to have a table full! Well Done

  • Emma 1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous pieces, I’m imagining those beautiful earthy cups my morning tea and toast. Love.

  • Michelle 1 year ago

    stunning work! delightful image of the artist and his daughter!

  • Mary Murphy 1 year ago

    beautiful ceramics! such pure creativity. yes the artist’s face exudes such happiness – it would be impossible for it not to show in his work! great photographs.

  • ange 1 year ago

    Really love his work, however the height of that potter’s wheel is so bad posture-wise. Hopefully he has another wheel and that one just made a good photo!

  • Emiko 1 year ago

    Hooray! Andrei is such a talented and lovely guy, so glad to see his work featured here. I’m happy to say I bought a couple of those speckled beauties and they are well-used ;)

  • Melissa 1 year ago

    Gorgeous. Such beautiful pieces.

  • Gill 1 year ago

    Divine!

  • Rachel 1 year ago

    Really beautiful ceramics! Love it.

  • Rae 1 year ago

    Loving this flood of ceramic artists on the design files :) Davidoff’s work is fantastic!

  • Laura - Elsee Blog 1 year ago

    No complaints here about featuring ceramists. They are my favourite. I promptly went to Planet Furniture on friday to check out his work and other ceramics as well.

  • Leah Bridge 1 year ago

    These are soooooo drool-worthy! PS. Absolutely LOVING the beard.

  • Spyno 3 months ago

    Bellissimo lavoro!!!!

  • Mei 3 months ago

    Love the photos of Andrei at work and his studio – such an inspiration for up and coming potters. If you’re looking for a potter from over west, checkout Stewart Scambler http://www.stscambler.com.au/. He’s an amazing ceramicist, who sustainably wood fires his pieces from replanted tree stock and is also a wonderful teacher for wheel pottery.

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