Stewart Scambler is one of Western Australia’s most prominent potters, and his works are held in major Australian public collections.
He has also been a gallery assistant at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery since 1997.
Stewart’s ceramic forms are inspired by the West Australian landscape. They are an exploration of the emotional and spiritual effect the land has on people and the stillness that it generates within them, rather than just its physical form.
He uses clay from the Western Australian Wheatbelt, which he hand-blends to give him the properties he prefers to work with, as he is interested in his work reflecting its material origins.
He also wood-fires his work (growing the wood on his York property), to introduce elements of randomness and uncertainty to the work that reflect and convey a sense of the real landscape.
Stewart and his wife, Trish Scambler, who is also a potter, made the University’s tiled crest on the west-facing wall of the Vice-Chancellery building at the Crawley campus.
Stewart exhibited in the Ceramic Arts Association of WA's Annual Selective Exhibition at Gallery Central in Perth from August 14 to September 4, 2010 and will show work as part of a group exhibition, The Art of Wood Fire, at The Front Room Gallery in NSW October 29 to December 20, 2010.