Lucy Tolan is an artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT in 2018 specialising in ceramics.

Lucy wants her work to occupy the space where architecture and landscape meet. With repetitive patterns and bold colour, her objects are informed by modernist architecture and have textile like qualities, combining soft and hard. She is concerned with juxtaposing form and texture to create both tension and harmony.

Lucy hand builds her work using a combination of pinch and slab building techniques. She collects and creates repetitive textures using natural and self-made objects.

All of Lucy’s objects are hand built in Melbourne, materials are sourced from Walker Ceramics and everything is fired at The Kiln Room.

The processes Lucy uses take time, therefore each object is built over a number of days. Inclusive of building, firing and glazing the process takes 2-3 weeks.

A lot of consideration and care goes into each vessel. They are all one of a kind.

While the uttermost care is taken at all stages of the process, clay can be volatile and imperfections do occur (which is an exciting part of the process). If an object has faults such as small cracks, this will be flagged in the object's description.

Acknowledgement of Country
Lucy would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which she lives, and works on. Lucy pays her respects to Elders past and present. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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