Alexandra Copeland

Curriculum Vitae

Born Alexandra Hipwell, December 18, 1947, Melbourne.

1966-68  Completed Film and Television Production and Design at Swinburne, Melbourne. Alumna, School of Film and Television, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne.

1969-70  Production manager in Australian film industry. Beginning of work in maiolica ceramics. Work in printmaking and painting.                                       

1971-72  Extensive travel in Asia, Europe and North Africa. Visited major museums and collections including studio of Bernard Leach, Museum of Ceramics at Faenza, Matisse chapel at Vence, Picasso's pottery studio at Vallauris.

1973-83  Painting, work in ceramics, while dealing in tribal art and textiles. Travel in this period included a visit to the U.K., and extensive travel in South-east Asia, Afghanistan and India. Tribal art and textile collections shown and acquired by National Gallery of Victoria and National Gallery of Australia.

1983 First solo exhibition at Distelfink Gallery in Melbourne with acquisition by National Gallery of Victoria. Later purchase by National Gallery of Australia. From this time, continuous program of exhibitions leading to eventual full-time work in ceramics.

1989  Extensive travel in China. Visited Japan to study ceramics at museums and arranged gallery representation. Eight subsequent exhibitions of ceramics and paintings in Japan.

1992  Awarded a grant by the Australia Council for the Arts towards study of glaze painted ceramics in Italy and Turkey.

1993 Worked at maiolica ceramics studios in Deruta, Italy for two months. Work acquired by the Museo Communale, Deruta. One month studying traditional Islamic maiolica techniques in Kutahya, Turkey.

1994 Accepted by judging for entry to 14th Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d'Arte, Vallauris, France, and Biennial of Ceramic Art, Spiez Switzerland. Awarded third prize at Spiez. Invited by judges to exhibit 15 large works in solo exhibition at Spiez, Switzerland.

1995  Invited to exhibit at the City of Hamilton Art Gallery and address the gallery society.

1996  Invited to exhibit at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

1997  Two months Artist in Residence at Dartington Pottery, Devon, UK, and completed work for exhibition and sale in Britain.

1998  Invited to work for two months at Dartington Pottery to complete work for exhibition in Britain and Australia. Authored and published An Artist’s Travel Guide to the Ceramics Museums of Europe.

1999  Returned for two months residency at Dartington Pottery in May and June, and again in September and October. Address at  National Gallery of Victoria: Maiolica: A Personal Approach.

2000  Invited to exhibit in Seduced by Colour: the New Maiolica at the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, and to take part in Historical and Contemporary Maiolica symposium on Maiolica ceramics. Invited exhibitor in Ceramics: The Australian Context at the Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW. Two months residency at Dartington Pottery in May and June.

2001  Two months residency at Dartington Pottery in June and July. Work featured at New York Gift Fair, and in Top Drawer (British Crafts Council). Invited to exhibit at Asia-Pacific Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition, Taiwan. Visited Ichon Ceramics Festival, South Korea.

2002  Represented Australia at the Asia-Pacific Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition, Taiwan.

2003  Worked in ceramics studios at Lampang, Thailand. Visited Jingdezhen, China, twice. Worked in studio with Chinese artist Lou Wei.

2004 Established weaving project. Designing and supervising rugs woven by women in Afghanistan.

2006  Five weeks at porcelain studio in Jingdezhen , China producing exhibition work.

2008  Ongoing painting. Ongoing designing of hand woven rugs. Dealing in Central Asian tribal and traditional textiles.

2010  Five weeks at porcelain studio in Jingdezhen , China producing exhibition work. Solo  exhibition Joss Graham Gallery, London.

2013 Five weeks studio work, Jingdezhen, China.

Studio work in China continues each year to 2019.

Carpet design project for Afghan weavers continues to 2121.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1983 Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne.

1984 Noel's Gallery, Red Hill.

1988 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.

1989 Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne.

1990 Kazuha Gallery, Osaka, Japan.

     Maruzen Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.

     Seibu Gallery, Takarazuka, Japan.

     Nishinotoin Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.

     Gallery Nakajima, Amagasaki, Hoygo, Japan

     Mitsukoshi Gion Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.

     Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.

     Seiyu Art Salon, Osaka, Japan.

1991 Gallery Miyabi, Osaka, Japan.

1992 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.

1994 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.

     QDOS, Lorne.

     Director’s Choice,  Biennial of Ceramic Art, Spiez, Switzerland

 BMGArt, Adelaide.

     Solander Gallery, Canberra.

1995 City of Hamilton Art Gallery.

     Cintra Galleries, Brisbane.

1996 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney

     Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

     Cintra Galleries, Brisbane

     BMGArt, Adelaide

1997 Beaver Galleries, Canberra

1998 Group exhibitions at Dartington Pottery, England, and associated exhibitions at Bristol, London and New York

     Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery

     Cintra Galleries, Brisbane

1999 BMGArt, Adelaide

     Solander Gallery, Canberra

2000 Ceramics: The Australian Context, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW    

    Seduced by Colour: the New Maiolica. George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.

    Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2001 William & Walnut Studio, Melbourne

2002 Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide

2003 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2004 Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide

2007  Weft, Melbourne. (Retrospective)

2010  City of Glen Eira Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Joss Graham Gallery, London

2011 Ten Views of a Chinese Jar. Weft, Melbourne

2013 Recent Work. Weft, Melbourne.

2014 Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide

 QDOS, Lorne

2015 Weft Gallery, Melbourne

 QDOS Gallery, Lorne

2016 Weft Gallery, Melbourne

 QDOS Gallery, Lorne

2017  Weft Gallery, Melbourne

 QDOS Gallery, Lorne

2018 QDOS Gallery, Lorne

2019 QDOS Gallery, Lorne

2021 Hill Smith Art Advisory, Adelaide

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