Sora CollectionOctober 4, 2017
Styled by Alicia Sciberras, Photographed by Luke Byrne Hand-crafted to reflect both Japanese and western styles dining, the Sora Collection is focused on simple, traditional Japanese design, and consists of the Kumo Cup (雲- Cloud), Ame Flute (雨 - Rain) and Minamo Saucer (水面 Water’s Surface). A feature piece in the Sora collection, the stemless Ame Flute offers a striking glassy blue alternative to traditional glass flute designs and can be used as a champagne glass, a vase or as a sake cup. The flutes will be sold in sets of three and five as an ode to Japanese superstitions surrounding the unlucky nature of the number four.
Vitrified – Solo Show at Saint Cloche GalleryOctober 4, 2017
For her solo show, Vitrified, Sydney ceramicist Milly Dent returns from Japan inspired by the rich ceramic history she found there – and explores how it has influenced her contemporary processes. With the support of the Australian Council for the Arts, Milly undertook an artist’s residency March in Arita – a pottery village on Kyushu Island, recognised as the birthplace of porcelain in Japan. Arita is surrounded by pristine mountains and forests, and infused with a sense of timelessness as streams weave between the traditional houses and ceramic factories. What most struck the artist was the juxtaposition of the piles of discarded moulds out the back of the factory against these picturesque scenes. “This ‘Mould Graveyard’ was the disposal of all moulds where the forms were no longer used by the factory, or perhaps had imperfections. All were thrown into a huge waste pile and deteriorated over time due to the rain, snow, wind and other natural elements. I was inspired to create a series of resurrections from Arita, a sense of revival or reincarnation of the forms, which can now be seen as more beautiful and interesting with the capturing of the decay, the memory of rain and atmosphere to decay the mould”, says Milly.
Porcelain Factory, Arita JapanApril 27, 2017
Here is a rare insight into the incredible porcelain factory in Arita, Japan. This small factory is able to produce 2 tonnes per day of porcelain for the surrounding pottery villages, but primarily this porcelain is used in Arita. It was incredible to be walked through this process of making the fine porcelain, which was above and beyond what I could have imagined. They have clearly mastered the production, things that stood out to me were the powerful flow of river shooting right through the middle of the factory as well as the large magnets used to remove the small and the large particles of iron oxide from the porcelain stone. Photography by Helio Diniz
After The Bathers – Behind the Scenes in the StudioNovember 23, 2016
Photography by Alana Dimou for The National Gallery of Victoria
“After The Bathers” National Gallery of VictoriaJuly 8, 2016
"After the Bather's" is a body of work created for the National Gallery of Victoria Design Store. I was commissioned to make a range of wares based on Edgar Degas’ work being exhibited at the gallery. In this range I created fluid, curved, asymmetrical shapes that were chosen as a reflection of the human body in unusual positions that Degas explored in his later work, “The Bather’s”. This series explores in particular his work of woman bathing, and his soft romantic colour palate and peach nude tones in contrast to the blacks. Styling by Bettina McIlwrath Photography by Amy Piddington
Riviera at Saint ClocheDecember 9, 2015
Saint Cloche revealed a mix-media concept show which brought together 13 emerging and established artists to present the symbiotic relationship between modern art and the evolution of the Mediterranean Rivera. Photography by Jacqui Turk
Milly Dent x Wooden & WovenOctober 6, 2015
This work formed part of the exhibition, A Maker’s Dozen at London’s Goodhood Store, where Alexander Devol studied ceramics submitted by 12 international ceramic artists, and created a counterpart to each to compliment it’s aesthetics. Alex and myself both shared a mutual appreciation for beautiful, utilitarian objects, and his response to the Gem Cup was a spoon carved from holly tree combined with poly ceramic, epoxy resin and dye. Photography by Alex Devol
Milly Dent x HandsomMay 6, 2015
A collaboration with Melbourne label Handsom, where I designed and created a series of home wares inspired by the colour palette of Handsom’s new season knitwear. Photography by Casey Eastwell
Cross Street Project / journal postOctober 15, 2014
A collaboration between cm studio, who undertook the design, and project management, with a number of local retailers, designers, and artists, to create a beautiful, beachside home that is both livable, and shopable.