Surface tension | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

Surface tension

Thursday 24 September–Saturday 7 November 

Three ceramic artists (Michael Pugh, James Lamar Peterson and Bob Connery) plus painter (Elizabeth Duguid)

By definition, surface tension is a property of the surface of a liquid that causes it to behave as an elastic sheet. It allows insects, such as the water strider to walk on water or small objects, even needles or foil fragments to float on the water.

In art, the physics of surface tension is responsible for how certain emulsions (in paints or glazes) behave and it can govern the final outcome or shape of an artwork. Without a doubt, the work is greater than its surface but as an element, it is often what the viewer responds to immediately or remembers. The artists invited to exhibit each create a particular surface in their work that is unique to their work.

All artists are senior artists who have been working for many years and are considered masters in their aBob CONNERY, Large vasereas. James L PETERSON, Birds of a FeatherMichael PUGH, Turtle babies

Images: Elizabeth DUGUID Glasshouse farms 2008. Mixed media 41 x 102 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Michael PUGH Turtle babies 2008. Ceramic. Courtesy of the artist.

James L PETERSON Birds of a feather 2008. Ceramic. Courtesy of the artist.

Bob CONNERY, Large vase 2008. grid decoration with golden lustre alternating with iridescent red lustre (using ancient reduced lustre technique) 55cm high. Courtesy of the artist.