Rowley Drysdale


Rowley Drysdale is an artist working primarily in ceramics, sculpture and mixed media assemblages. His practice spans four decades of interest in ceramics, especially wood fired work utilising glaze on functional, traditional form, and the development of unique high fired glazes.

During the last 15 years he has also created a vast body of mixed media wall work concentrating on alternate use of material including raw canvas, earth, fired clay, found objects, dye and other medium.

Drysdale is a published author and has edited and contributed to industry journals both in Australia and internationally. He is a qualified journalist, published poet and short story writer. He has worked and exhibited widely in countries including Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand and is a vocal advocate for handmade objects, craftsmanship and innovation.

He is an outspoken commentator on the way ceramic art is being reported to broader society, particularly by people within the industry. Rowley Drysdale has a Master of Arts (Research) from Monash University. From 2000 he established Quixotica Artspace on the Sunshine Coast, designing and constructing a small art precinct consisting of a number of studios, kilns, gallery and other buildings in order to host artists and various cultural activities.


Master of Arts, Monash University
Graduate Diploma of Arts, Monash University


2012 Townsville Ceramic Art Scot Brickworks Award
2010 Peter Voulkos Medal, Gulgong
2009 Townsville Ceramic Art Award
2009 Open Award winner


Director’s Choice, Fox Galleries, Melbourne

Mansfield Gallery (solo), Sydney
International Chawan Exhibition, Belgium
Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne
Tong In Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Daegu Gallery, South Korea

Kerrie Lowe Gallery (solo), Sydney

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Rowley Drysdale