John Dermer

Member of the International Academy of Ceramics

John Dermer was born and educated in Melbourne. He completed his ceramics degree and teaching qualifications at RMIT and spent the earlier part of his career based in Melbourne. In the early 1970s he travelled extensively overseas and worked as artist in residence at Wedgwood in the UK and USA. He established Kirby’s Flat Pottery at Yackandandah in 1974,

John is proudly a product of the Leach/Hamada movement in ceramics. He sees this as a tradition that for him represents the essence of working with clay. The lines are pure and balanced while the forms are honest, proud and passionate.

His first love has always been with the frustratingly difficult but addictive process of salt glazing. His years of research and experience in this area were rewarded in 2006 when he won the highly prestigious Saltzbrand Keramik International Award in Koblenz, Germany.

John Dermer’s work can be found in the New Parliament House in Canberra (Prime Minister’s Suite and Cabinet entry), the Federal High Court building, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Westerwald Museum Germany, Wedgwood Museum Barlaston England, Buten Museum Pennsylvania USA, as well as National, state and regional galleries throughout Australia together with many important private collections.

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