Garry Bish
born Australia 1950
Vessels: The space within 2008–12
(1) 15.3 x 18.0 cm diameter; (2) 17.0 x 17.5 cm diameter; (3) 23.2 x 25.6 cm diameter; (4) 21.5 x 22.4 cm diameter; (5) 17.0 x 16.0 cm diameter
Collection of the artist, Epsom
© Garry Bish

Garry Bish


Garry Bish has been working with ceramics since completing a Diploma of Art and Design at Bendigo CAE in the early 1970s. In 1972 he established the Potters Arms studio in Epsom, Victoria, before undertaking a Master of Arts at RMIT, Melbourne, in 1995, followed by a PhD in 2007. Bish has taught ceramics for the past thirty years at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and at RMIT’s Melbourne and Hong Kong campuses, where he continues to teach today. His work experiments with the space between the surface image and the vessel itself, which, as he explains, 'reaches into the internal volume beyond the hard clay walls'.

Bish has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. Recently he was included in the 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale and held the solo exhibitions The Vessel: A Space Oddity, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2012, and Headspace, Bendigo Art Gallery, 2008. Bish is represented in a number of Australian state and regional collections and continues to work, teach and exhibit from his Potters Arms studio.