Plastic Waste Land I, 2019. Stoneware ceramic, glaze, 10h x 13w x 12d cm. $700.
Plastic Waste Land II, 2019. Stoneware ceramic, glaze, 8.5h x 13w x 17d cm. $400.
Rubble Worlds II, 2019. Ceramic shards, metal, glass, glaze, dimensions variable. $650.
Rubble Worlds I, 2019. Ceramic shards, metal, glass, glaze, dimensions variable. $650.
Mahala Hill is a Canberra based ceramicist fascinated by the malleability and dynamic nature of clay. Considering ceramics as neither terracotta pots nor porcelain teacups but literally anything at the limits of the imagination, Hill works to manipulate nature to her will. In creating her forms, Hill aims to control the medium precisely – clay composition, glaze components and most importantly the firing - manipulating nature to produce a physical likeness to the experienced. Inspired by the infinite possibilities that clay offers and the challenges that it presents, Hill’s work references her own fascination with natural forms and the complexity held within these forms.
Mahala Hill graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design in 2017 taking out a number of awards including the The Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Prize, the ACT Legislative Assembly Prize and the Boronia Prize, amongst others. Hill worked as assistant to master firer Fred Olsen during the 2015 Ceramics Triennale, an experience which helped shape her dedication to firing techniques. Since graduating she has been selected as a finalist for the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize (2018), the Wyndham Art Prize (2018) and the EASS ACT Legislative Assembly Speaker’s Prize (2018). Hill has been included in numerous exhibitions at galleries including Goulbourn Region Gallery, St Cloche, ANCA and Kerry Lowe Gallery.