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Liz Williams

Ceramics, Teaching, Homeware

Well Made was saddened at the passing of Liz Williams in March 2017. In honour of Liz, we are pleased to maintain her profile on the Well Made site.

Ceramicist Liz Williams used the traditional and time-honoured method of coiling to create her elegantly stylised figures. Her craftsmanship and fine attention to detail is evident in their highly considered finish and resoundingly handmade qualities. Unsurprisingly, Williams’ influences ranged from an interest in magic realism and surrealism, inspired after time spent in Spain and Mexico, and a passion for the simplicity of Korean and Japanese ceramics. Her belief in the ability of handmade objects to enhance the quality of everyday life informed a thoughtful and highly considered approach.

Williams studied under renowned Australian potter Milton Moon at the South Australian School of Art, going on to teach ceramics at both the University of South Australia and University of Northern Territory. She undertook studio practice at Scripps College in the US, and postgraduate studies in ceramics at the prestigious Goldsmiths College in London. Williams exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and her work is held in a number of public and private collections.


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Solo Exhibitions

2015 - Franque, Prahran, VIC, Australia
2013 - Brides Series, BMG, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2010 - The Virgin Saints and other Paraphernalia, Gallery 2, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2008 - Dancing with Eros, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern, Paddington, NSW, Australia
2006 - Let’s dance, BMGART Adelaide, SA, Australia
2002 - not angels, just girls in tutus, Purple Space, Jam Factory, Festival of Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2001 - Reconstructed Rituals, Adelaide Central Gallery, Norwood, SA, Australia
1998 - Bulle Galleries, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
1993 - Shameless Goddesses, BMG Fine Art, Adelaide, SA, Australia
1988 - Bonython, Meadmore Gallery, Woollahra, NSW, Australia
1883 - Kensington Gallery, Adelaide, SA, Australia
1982 - Bonython Gallery, North Adelaide, SA, Australia
1981 - Scripps College, Claremont Colleges, California, USA

Group Exhibitions

2012 - Subversive Clay, Ceramics Triennale, BMG Art, SA, Australia
2012 - March Honoured Artist, Palmer Biennial, Palmer, SA, Australia
2012 - The Cedars Biennial, Hahndorf, SA, Australia
2011 - BMG Art Christmas Exhibition, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2010 - The Cedars Biennial, Hahndorf, SA, Australia
2008 - Sidney Meyer Award – Exhibition, Shepparton, VIC, Australia
2004 - Artist in Residence Exhibition, British School in Rome, Italy
2004 - Pottery in Australia –‘Front Covers’, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2002 - Ritual of Tea, Festival Exhibition, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2000 - Chemistry, Art in South Australia, SA, Australia
2000 - Place and Identity - Contemporary S.A. Ceramics at the Edge of the Millennium, Art Museum, University of South Australia, SA, Australia
1999 - City of Hobart Art Prize, TAS, Australia
1999 - The Artist’s Table, Adelaide Central Gallery, Norwood, SA, Australia
1999 - The Doll Show, Art Space, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA, Australia
1998 - The Art of Meaning, Adelaide Central School of Art, Lecturers’ Exhibition, Adelaide Central Gallery, Norwood, SA, Australia
1997 - SOFA, Chicago, USA
1996 - Funk Feast, Adelaide Central Gallery, Norwood, SA, Australia
1996 - Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia
1996 - On the Floor, High Court Building, Canberra, ACT, Australia
National Ceramics Conference
1995 - Flight of Fancy, Adelaide Central Gallery, Norwood, SA, Australia
1995 - Lyall Burton Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia
1994 - Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
1994 - Essence, Milton Moon and Six Students, Aptos Cruz Gallery, Stirling, SA, Australia
1992 - National Ceramics Award, Canberra School of Art, ACT, Australia
1992 - This Mortal Flesh, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Town Hall, SA, Australia
1990 - South Australia Ceramic Award, Adelaide, SA, Australia
1990 - Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
1990 - Clay Descriptions, Adelaide Festival Foyer Gallery, Adelaide, SA, Australia
1988 - South Australia Ceramic Award, Adelaide, SA, Australia
1987 - Graduate Exhibition, College of Advanced Education, SA, Australia
1985 - Meat-market Annual Craft Survey, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
1984 - Scripps College Invitational, Claremont Colleges, Los Angeles, California, USA
1983 - Royal Society of Arts, National Ceramics Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia


1987 - Bachelor of Design (Ceramics), University of South Australia, SA, Australia
1976 - Diploma of Ceramics, School of Art (with Milton Moon), SA, Australia
1963 - Diploma of Art Education, School of Art, SA, Australia


Art Gallery of South Australia, SA
University of South Australia, SA
University of Adelaide, SA
St Vincent Private Hospital Collection, Melbourne, VIC
La Trobe University Collection, Melbourne, VIC
Nillumbick Art Collection, Eltham, VIC
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Queensland University of Technology, QLD
University of Southern Queensland, QLD
Marer Collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
Private Collections in Australia and overseas


2016 - Invited Guest Artist Shigaraki Ceramic Park
2010 - Arts SA, Japan
2006 - Let’s Dance, Arts SA
2004 - Australia Council Residency, Rome


2004 - Hill-Smith
2004 - Nepenthe Wines
1999 - MacFarlane Commission
1997 - Faulding Commission
1995 - Saint Vincent Hospital, Melbourne, VIC

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Liz Williams | Publication

03 May 2017

Plans are now underway for a book to be published by Wakefield Press celebrating the artistic legacy of esteemed Adelaide ceramicist Liz Williams, who sadly passed away on 24 March. A fund-raising campaign will subsidise the book's production costs so that a publication of the highest quality can be achieved at an affordable retail price.

Fundraising target is $25,000. 
Deadline for donations is Friday 26 May 2017. 
Recommended donations of $100 or more can be made via Guildhouse at Give Now (see link below).

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‘Crescent Moon Bride’, stoneware clay, thread 7 beads, silver leaf, paint. Photographer Grant Hancock

Liz Williams selected for Japanese Artist Residency

08 Sep 2016

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (SCCP) is based in Kōka City, located in the southern Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The SCCP supports activities around the theme of ceramics, including artistic creation, training, and exhibitions. Since its inception in 1992, the Institute of Ceramic Studies has provided an opportunity for ceramic artists from around the world to work freely in the environment of Shigaraki. Liz Williams has been accepted for a two month residency and will be based at SCCP in September and October 2016.

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