Sassy Park

You could break me vase_6640sYou could break me with one flower vase 2020, majolica, 20 x 9  x 9 cm



Robin Gibson Gallery                                                                                             

9 May – 3 June 2020

278 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst  NSW 2010

Online group exhibition                                            

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Edwina Corlette Gallery

20 February – 14 March 2020

629 Brunswick Street
New Farm QLD 4005 Australia
T +61 7 3358 6555

Tennis Player with Beard 2020 KSR_6583 low resTennis Player with Beard 2020, terracotta mix with underglazes, 33 x 13.5 x 11 cm

Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture

6 – 22 March 2020

Juniper Hall 
Oxford Street
Paddington, Sydney

opening 6th March 6pm

Swimmer 2019 is a finalist for the Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture 2020

Swimmer 2019, stoneware, glaze, overglaze, 39 x 33 x 18 cmS.Park. Swimmer 2019

30 November – 21 December 2019

The Blooming Christmas Show

Returning Home with Flowers _6274Returning Home with Flowers 2019, terracotta, 22 x 12 x 7cm
Opening: 6pm Wednesday 4 December

Robing Gibson Gallery,  278 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst  NSW 2010

Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm


November 2019

Article: The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol 58 No 3, November 2019

A short report on my Hill End Artist in Residence early this year appears in the current Journal of Australian Ceramics Magazine.

Article: Current issue of Ceramics: Art + Perception #113

October 2019

Based on my recent Masters writing, I have written an essay for the current issue of Ceramics: Art And Perception magazine, with photos by Karl Schwerdtfeger.Screen Shot 2019-11-02 at 7.56.07 am



Looking for Gold

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

18 October – 1 December 2019

Sassy Park: Looking For Gold

Holtermann_015!Holtermann’s Golden Nugget’ 2019, terracotta and stoneware, 26 x 21 x 7.5 cm


Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2019


National Art School

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12-15th September, Carriage Works

5. Swimmer crop _023‘Mediterranean swimmer’ 2019 terracotta, 36 x 16 x 12 cm


Looking for Gold

Solo exhibition

Robin Gibson Gallery, 278 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia.

Exhibition runs from 10th August until the 4th September 2019.

Hill End Kangaroo platter‘Kangaroo in Hill End Landscape Platter’ 2019, stoneware, 40 x  27 cm
Domestic Kangaroo God_012small!                           ‘Domestic Kangaroo God’ 2019 (detail), stoneware and porcelain, 27 x 13.5 x 10.5 cm
‘Antique Man’ 2019, terracotta, 22.5 x 6 x 12.5 cmAntique Body Builder_009
Im not going to sit in silence_9_1 copyThe Voice’ 2019 (front and back view), terracotta, 25 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm
magpie god_9_17 med res.jpg‘Domestic Magpie God’ 2019, stoneware and porcelain, 26 x 10 x 10 cm
Cornishware 9_8‘A Gentle Miner’ 2019, stoneware and porcelain, 29 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm
‘Man looking into a river’ 2019, terracotta, dirt and sandstone, 17.5 x 25.5 x 20.5 cmMan Yelling Into River_034!
Nude with Armband_024!Pretty Boy with Armband’ 2019, stoneware and porcelain, 29 x 12 x 11.5 cm
Weight Lifter_3 copy‘Weight Lifter’ 2019 (detail), terracotta and porcelain, 29 x 8 x 13 cm
‘Woman with a nice blouse’ 2019, majolica, 25 x 12 x 9.5 cmWoman with Nice Blouse_006 copy.jpg

Ceramic objects have often been used to carry ideas of the souvenir and there is a permanence to ceramics that lets it live on through time. In figurative works, we recognise humanity, activity and emotion that suit the direct and honest qualities of the material. In this exhibition, Looking for Gold extends the literal meaning, becoming a metaphor for the elusive and vulnerable search for success and attainment whether it be in love, sport, fashion, art or social debate. The everyday things that influence Park are the subjects that find their way into her work. Her ceramic forms referencing a hyper-awareness to historical, material and social contexts engage the curiosities of gender, intimacy, and vulnerability. Deliberately playing with notions of value, ideas of fragility are investigated through concepts of scale, intimacy, and humour.  For her, it is the quotidian matters that need remembering and commemorating.  The figures with their gestures, postures, and facial expressions draw on a deeper level of animated being. The small scale nature of these works draws the viewer in, to look more closely and engage with the object. Displayed together on a table or shelf, the figures and vases interact with one another, bringing an emotive energy to the work.

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to read the extended artist statement click the link below
artist statement.pdf


The curiosities

The Curiosities is part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, funded by the City of Melbourne. Click here to view the full festival program!

The Curiosities – Curated By Glenn Barkley
Monday, August 6th–Saturday, August 31st
(Opening drinks Thursday, August 8th 6-8pm)
Mailbox Art Space
141-143 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria

julia for Glenn Barkley_9_1 copy.jpg‘Julia, Australia’s First Female Prime Minister 2010-2013’ 2019, porcelain and terracotta, 21 x 7 x 8 cm

Referencing art historical portrayals of women, ‘Julia’ is a critique on how parts of our society still view females, even as we make groundbreaking advances. Following this stereotyped way of thinking about women, porcelain can be read as being synonymous with precious fragility whilst the figure also sits on an earthy base of terracotta. The humour of the subject matter presented in this diminutive sculpture draws attention to entrenched ideas of hierarchies.

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S.Park.Photographer.2019.b.‘Photographer’  2019,  ceramic, 37 x 15 x 10cm


Finalist: 2019 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Exhibition.
30 May to 12 July 2019. Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
Deakin University Art Gallery, Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood.

Exhibition:  A Fresh Perspective

Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49-51 King St, Newtown, Sydney

Exhibition runs from 5 April until the 7th May.

sausage-dog-cups__6273-e1554862881856.jpgSausage Dog Cups, 2018, porcelain

Finalist: Muswellbrook Art Prize 2019

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

PO Box 122 Corner Bridge and William Streets
MUSWELLBROOK NSW 2333 get to know us

Exhibition runs from 10 March to 5 May 2019.

Another Myna 2019 crop‘Another Myna ‘ 2019, (detail) terracotta, paper, wood,  24.5 x 10 x 6.5 cm

Finalist: The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2018

Meroogal Historic House, Nowra

Exhibition runs from the 22 September 2018 – 30 March 2019

This trio of figurines has been selected for The Meroogal Women‘s Art Prize and will be displayed along with other finalists throughout the historic house, Meroogal, and gardens from September 22nd. The prize pays tribute to the four generations of resilient Australian women who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years.

Sassy Park.Lady, Nurse and Suffragette 2018‘Lady, Nurse, Suffragette’ 2018, porcelain and terracotta and, glazes, various dimensions

Exhibition: National Art School Post-Graduate  

Opening night: 6-10 pm, 8th November 2018

Exhibition runs from the 8-18 November

11 am-5 pm Monday to Sunday


Graeme Innes and Arrow 2018 cat‘Graeme Innes and Arrow’, glazed ceramic, 21 x 15 x 6 cm
whistling sailor__9121‘Whistling Sailor’ 2018, terracotta and lustre,  24.5 x 10 x 6.5 cm

Exhibition: Ceramics (now)

Adelaide Perry Gallery, PLC, Sydney

Opening: 17 September 2018

Exhibition runs from the 18-27 September

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Exhibition: Home @ 375 Invitational

Home @375, 375 Bourke St, Redfern, Sydney 2016 

opening: 6pm, Wednesday, 11th July, 2018

Sassy Park_Men's Group. 2018‘Men’s Group’ 2018, clay and glaze, various dimensions

Finalist: Tom Bass Prize 2018

Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney

Friday 2nd March – Saturday 24 March 2018

Opening: Thursday 1st March at 6.00 pm  

‘Man with sore finger’ 2017, stoneware, approx 29cm    Sassy Park.Man with sore finger.2017.2


Finalist: Still – National Still Life Award 2017 

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

until the 20th January 2018

Homeopathics for Vince 2017                                                                                        Homeopathics for Vince 2017, porcelain, 16.5 x 16.5 cm

‘Homeopathics For Vince’, is a still life painted on porcelain clay. The scene is a corner of the kitchen table where a glass of tinctured water, covered with a saucer and spoon, sits waiting to treat Vince, the ginger cat, for his sore nose. His dose is a teaspoon mix of water at dinner time. I’ve found homeopathics works well with animals, probably due to their lack of emotional layers. It worked with the chickens, so fingers crossed for Vince.

Working with clay offers a rich diversity on which to paint and here there is also an affinity between ceramics and the domestic which echoes the subject matter. 

Sassy Park

Man with sore finger’ 2017, stoneware                                                                                                  ‘Julia 2017, porcelain
statue on upside down cupDomestic Statue’ 2017, porcelain, terracotta

‘Sleeping girl on plinth’ 2017, terracotta
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FundManageronCup_031 copy ‘Funds Manager with Plinths’ 2017, terracotta and stoneware

Exhibition: TEXT

Adelaide Perry Gallery

Friday 13 October – Tuesday 24 October 2017
Opening: Thursday 12 October at 7.00 pm  

constant sorrow front_3422Constant Sorrow’ 2017, ceramic


                                                    front & back:   ‘Bully Cup (Pokale)’ 2015, hand-built stoneware 

Exhibition:  Claypool 2016 

opening: 7 December 2016                                                                                                               img_5369

‘Magpie Vase’ 2016, stoneware
men-cleaning-sweeping-plate‘Man sweeping’ 2016, underglaze on stoneware, from the Men Cleaning series
‘Kanazawa Garden’ 2016, slip cast porcelain and underglazeimg_5033
img_5027Speech Therapy’ 2016, porcelain
sassypark-magpie-bowlMagpie plates 2016, stoneware

Japan:  Shiro Oni residency

exhibition opening: June 2016






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2nd Prize: Handmade Handpicked Wine Decanter competition

Gallery Klei

opening: 4 March – 18 March 2016

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The Hero’s Libations, stoneware, decanter at Gallery Klei’s Handmade Handpicked Wine Decanter competition held in conjunction with Handpicked Wines.


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Finalist:  2016 biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards

S.Park Growing up in Cyclone season 2016                                    Growing up in Cyclone Season 2016, porcelain and mixed media, 25 x 8 x 8 cm each bottle



Exhibition: Artisans in the Garden

Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

9th – 18th October 2015    

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Exhibition:  IMPROMPTU II


40 Burnie St, Clovelly 2031 NSW

 June 2015

Sculpture and other non-functional objects with Tara Burke, Nick Lee, Agatha Pupaher, Natalie Rosin, Lotte Schwerdtfeger, Catherine Tate, Linda Visser
Opening drinks on Thursday 18 June 6-8pm.

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Exhibition: Volcano Garden

January 2015

Published Art, Sydney


Exhibition: Cultivate

 4-14th October 2014,
Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney
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Mt Perisher Long necklace 2014, lichen, glass, silk,118 cm long

Seaweed brooch 2014     dried seaweed, pearls and clasp, 7 x 5 cm

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Blue Water Glass necklace 2014, stoneware, seed beads, hollandite quartz and silk

Watermelon necklace 2014, stoneware, seed beads, coral, amber and silk

Charity Exhibition: Compassionate Voices auction, Voiceless 2014bowle!

Yoga bowl adj                                       Yoga Bowl 2014, painted porcelain

Solo Exhibition

Menopause Memorial Ware and Other Souvenirs                              

China Clay Gallery, 40 Burnie Street, Clovelly

10 – 18th May 2014

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                       Hot Flush teacup and saucer, 2014, Stoneware 


Menopause memorial ware tea towels dkg                                      Menopause Memorial tea towels are available as a limited edition.
purple and gold drip pots_2870                                                                                                                 Drip cups and bowls 2013, porcelain and gold lustre
botanical tiara                                                                                                         Botanical Tiara, 2013, porcelain and silver

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                                        Pink Drips on the sink, porcelain slip, 2013 19th – 27th October 2013

Exhibition: Artisans in the Garden

Lion Gate Lodge, Mrs Macquaries Road, The Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

bottle bud vases, porcelaintree bottles KS__8882
lotya on lotyaLotya enjoying her necklace, silver & peridot on silk, commissioned 2012
dachshund broochDachshund brooch, porcelain, commissioned 2013      
musk lifesaver dark                                        Musk Life saver necklace, porcelain on silver chain
                                       Drippy, porcelain, 2013drippy gelato 300dpi_3581
                                       Drip cups, porcelain and gold, 2013photo
                                                                     Commissioned necklaces, porcelain with underglaze and glazeMilly 

Life Saver necklace in musk or peppermint, porcelain unglazed with glazed back on sterling silver chain

                                               Cigarette hairclips and brooches, porcelain with underglaze, lustre

                                        Rings, porcelain, underglaze and glaze


Bluebottle Fly necklaces 2011, porcelain, underglaze and glaze on sterling silver chain


Solo Exhibition: 

The end of life as I know it

An exhibition of new work created in the last three months as part of the studio residency, including A4 watercolours. For one night only at the Trophy Room.

Trophy Room, South Dowling Street, Sydney

Opening: 5th August 2011


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Solo Exhibition: The Curio

Sterling by Gaffa, Sydney

Opening: 16th- 28th June 2010

Solo Exhibition:

The Smoking Girl and Other Tales


Pablo Fanque, Oxford Street, Sydney and Ash Street Window, Sydney


Smoking Girl and other Tales is the first jewellery exhibition by Sydney artist Sassy Park.

 This  exhibition is a departure from Park’s earlier colourful pieces depicting everyday images and characters from her surroundings. Inspired by fables and morality tales, illustrations from childhood stories and love songs these new pieces evoke a playful nostalgia for a romantic past. Charms of love and loss, forgotten relatives and favourite pets decorate Park’s fine porcelain pendants. These diminutive objects of familiar faces and neighbourhood animals are delicately painted in silhouette. Each unique piece resonates with its own story and humorous suggestion. Maiden aunts of dubious morals and young girls with unbecoming behaviour allude to secrets and scandalous gossip from family histories. Sassy Park has a Bachelor of Arts and Post-graduate Diploma from the Sydney College of the Arts and was awarded the Desiderius Orban Travelling Scholarship for painting. Park has exhibited in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, and only recently turned her hand to painting on porcelain


Photography © Karl Schwerdtfeger 

© Sassy Park