Marea Gazzard

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Marea Gazzard
Photo of Marea Gazzard by David Moore.jpg
Portrait of Marea Gazzard, 1963, photograph by David Moore
Born (1928-06-22)June 22, 1928 June 22, 1928
Sydney, Australia
Died October 28, 2013(2013-10-28) (aged 85)
Nationality Australian
Education East Sydney Technical College, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, National Art School
Known for Sculpture, Ceramics
Spouse(s) Donald Gazzard (m. 1950)

Marea Gazzard AO, CBE (22 June 1928 – 28 October 2013) was an Australian sculptor and ceramicist.[1] [2]

Life and work[edit]

Born in Sydney, Australia, Gazzard studied ceramics at the East Sydney Technical College, now the National Art School, from 1953 to 1955. After travelling to Europe, Gazzard enrolled at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London where she studied from 1955 to 1959. During this period she became close to ceramicists Lucie Rie and Hans Coper.[2] Returning to Sydney, Gazzard studied sculpture at the National Art School, with Lyndon Dadswell. In 1960, she opened a studio in Paddington, New South Wales, and in 1963 staged her first solo exhibition.

Gazzard had a significant exhibiting career, with some notable highlights. In 1973, Gazzard was invited to exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria in the landmark exhibition 'Clay and Fibre' with Mona Hessing.[3] In 1994, a survey of Gazzard's work was staged at the S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, accompanied by the launch of a monograph by Christine France.[4]

Major public commissions include 'Mingarri: The Little Olgas", which was installed in the Executive Court of Parliament House, Canberra in 1988.[5] In addition, 'Bindu' (2004) was commissioned by the Athens Olympic Art Program for the Olympic Games in Greece.[2]

Gazzard's work features in several museum collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria,[6] National Gallery of Australia,[7] Newcastle Art Gallery.[8] Her portrait by Judy Cassab is in the National Portrait Gallery, Australia.[9][10]

In addition to her career as an artist, Gazzard was pivotal in the international Arts and Crafts movement, and, amongst other public positions, in 1980 she became the first elected president of the World Crafts Council.[2]


  1. ^ "marea gazzard biography". Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Marea Gazzard: Sculptor produced works of great power and presence". 1928-06-22. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  4. ^ France, Christine (1994). Marea Gazzard: Form and Clay. Sydney: G & B Arts International. ISBN 9768097906. 
  5. ^ Berg, Pamille (2013). Interwoven: the commissioned art and craft for Parliament House. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Department of Parliamentary Services. ISBN 9780987535207. 
  6. ^ "Marea GAZZARD | Artists | NGV". Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  7. ^ "GAZZARD , Marea |Kamares VII". Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  8. ^ Marea Gazzard. "Newcastle Art Gallery - Marea Gazzard Untitled (Helmet) 1969". Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "National Portrait Gallery, Canberra - Gary Catalano, 1994". Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  10. ^ Public Works: Marea Gazzard, 1966, The Australian, 26 September 2009


  • Christine France, Marea Gazzard: form and clay, G + B Arts International, 1994, ISBN 978-976-8097-90-3

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