Bela Kotai is West Australia’s most prominent ceramicist born to Hungarian parents in Germany in 1947. Throughout the span of his career, Bela has worked as a professional potter, teacher and academic administrator. Bela is a recognised and accredited Master Craftsman and Fellow of the Crafts Council of Western Australia. His work is mesmerizing, and embodies the very best of innovation in ceramics.
Digby De Bruin has worked as a practicing visual artist since the 1970s and has shown work in solo exhibitions in Perth and in numerous group exhibitions. His work is represented in public and private collections in Western Australia, Australia and internationally. The focus of his work is the landscape, and how we, as humans, relate to it.
Both artists use their work to explore the forms, materials and possibilities of natural landscapes. ‘Ruins and Keramos’ is an ode to the earth, exploring the connection between the landscape and the ruins, fragments and relics of occupation, as well as the forms and shapes which can be moulded from the earth itself. It is also an exploration of the impermanence and ephemeral nature of existence.