Exhibition Pieces

Predominately working on the pottery wheel, Erin creates unique artwork which is often sculptural. She regularly uses the clay body and natural oxides to create dry textural surfaces, which reflect the countryside of rural South Australia where she grew up. She has a love for travelling and other cultures and often uses these new experiences in her work. A highlight in her ceramic career has been her artist residency at the Jingdezhen Experimental Pottery Workshop, China (2008).


Sediment Series (2006-2008)

During her studies Erin spent six months developing a technique in which she altered and combined hundreds of wheel thrown pots into interesting sculptures. The idea was derived from her memories of growing up on a farm and her fascination with archaeology. She used local clay from the Adelaide Hills (Bennett’s Terracotta), as this resonated with her ideas and the sentiment in the pieces. This series entitled Sediment initiated her interest in combining multiples.

Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Sediment Series
Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Hanging in the Balance (2007)
Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Sediment Wall Platter (2007)

Maiolica Series (2008-2010)

In 2008 Erin participated in an inspiring workshop on decoration with late ceramist Matthias Ostermann. This began her investigation into the brightly painted decorative qualities of maiolica. Maiolica is a traditional Italian technique, difficult to master, where the pigment is applied onto the unfired glaze surface. Erin enjoys the challenges it brings.

Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Still Life with Lilies #1
Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Still Life: Objects from China #1 and #2 (2009)

Bottle Bowls (2009-2010)

After returning from the residency in China she continued and extended the idea of combining multiples with her series Bottle Bowls. During her time in China she was impressed by the local’s ability and motivation to recycle, re-mould and reuse everything, which seemed to be a way of life for them. Nothing was wasted. However, Erin was also struck by their mass production of tiny bottles, once made to hold medicine, but now made to be non-functional and sold to tourists at their popular antique markets. The Bottle Bowl series is an attempt to transform replica bottles into something useful. The bottles in this series were wheel thrown, then individually hand carved and decorated, making each one unique as a reflection of the deeply instilled handmade culture practised in Jingdezhen.

Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Bottle Bowl 1 (2009)
Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Bottle Bowl #3 (detail)
Ceramic art by Erin Lykos
Bottle Bowls 1 and 4 (2009)

Some other pieces developed after Erin’s artist residency in China:

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Spotty Green Tea Set (set of 5) (2009)
Ceramic art by Erin Lykos