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ARTISTS | Fiona Hiscock


Fiona Hiscock’s practice emerges from a long historical tradition of utilitarian ceramics which use nature for decorative inspiration. Oversized, hand-built vases, pitchers, bowls and cassoulets provide a canvas upon which the artist depicts the life cycle of botanical specimens, allowing her abiding interest in the natural world to flourish. These ceramic objects depict a range of location specific species including Banksia Serrata which grows along the eastern Victorian coastline and native Grevillea found in Arnhem land.

Born in Ballarat and based in Melbourne, Victoria, Hiscock studied Fine Art History at Melbourne University in 1986 and Fine Art Ceramics at RMIT in 1991. Since then, she has completed a Post Graduate Honors Degree in Fine Art (ceramics) at RMIT. Her works are represented in numerous public collections, among them Parliament House, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and Gold Coast City Art Gallery.

Fiona Hiscock, in her studio, 2020



In this time like no other, Gallerysmith has brought together a curated selection of artists' experiences of 2020 with this online exhibition 2020 (REAR) VISION. This exhibition draws artists from both within and beyond Gallerysmith and aims to provide a snapshot, as a social history record of a most unusual and challenging time. It contains work which is reflective, responsive, reactive and importantly, honest.
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I AM WOMAN | A Group Exhibition for International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women's Day 2021 we acknowledge the achievements of girls and women around the world. We celebrate those who dedicate their lives to sport, art, health, family, politics, business and a host of other creative, professional and selfless endeavours. We thank those who are our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, colleagues and friends....
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Sydney Contemporary presents 2020…

Gallerysmith is excited to present the works of Kate Ballis, Penny Byrne, Fiona Hiscock, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson in Sydney Contemporary presents 2020... Click for further details.
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Habitat | Fiona Hiscock

After bushfires which ravaged large parts of Victoria and New South Wales in 2019/20, Fiona Hiscock considers the fauna impacted by these catastrophic events through loss of habitat. Her large scale ceramic vessels provide the canvas upon which she paints a range of native bird species and plants from coastal Victoria, from far east Gippsland to the Otway forest.
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Fiona Hiscock, earthenware

Country | Fiona Hiscock

Country is a solo exhibition featuring a collection of Fiona Hiscock's utilitarian ceramics which use nature for decorative inspiration.
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Fiona Hiscock
born Ballarat 1965, lives Melbourne


1993   Post Graduate Honors Degree, Fine Art, (ceramics) RMIT

1991    BA Fine Art Ceramics, RMIT

1986    BA Melbourne University, Fine Art History


2020 Habitat, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2018  Woodland, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2015  Country, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2014  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2011  Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2010  Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

2009  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2006  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2003  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2003  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2000  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2000  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1998  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1997  Craft Victoria, Melbourne


Ceramics 2020, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney
SC2020, Sydney Contemporary online art fair

Maningham Art Award, Victoria

Omnus Terra
, NCECA Conference, Portland US
Hyper-Botanica, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria

Tribute to Janet Mansfield, Mossgreen Gallery
Efflorescent, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
The Course of Objects, Manly Regional Art Gallery
Big Ceramics, Craft Victoria

Sunshine Coast Ceramic Art Prize, Manningham Ceramic Art Prize

Ewers, Pitchers, Jugs and Jars, Narek Gallery, NSW

Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland

Town Country, Craft Victoria

New Under the Sun, Jewish Museum of Australia

Hobart Art Prize, Tasmania

Chilli, Cudgegong Gallery, NSW

Celebrating the Master, Schepsi Gallery, Melbourne

Changing Surfaces, Shepparton Art Gallery

Centenary Craft Prize, Parliament House, Canberra

Alice Springs Craft Award, Alice Springs
Freeman Gallery 3, Hobart Tasmania

Drawn in Form, travelling show – Brisbane City Gallery and Object Gallery
Alice Craft Award, Northern Territory

Blessed be the Work, Jewish Ritual and Contemporary Craft, Jewish Museum

Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland
Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington Arts Centre, VIC

Faenza International Ceramic Art Competition, Italy
Moonee Valley Festival Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Essendon, VIC
Sidney Myer Fund Australia Day Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery
New Visions, (5 Artists) Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, VIC

Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland
Sidney Myer Fund Australia Day Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery,

Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington Arts Centre, VIC
Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland

Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington Arts Centre, VIC

Fresh, Student Award Exhibition, Craft Victoria


2018          Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence

2017          Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) Sydney

2014/15    Artist in residence, Flemington Primary School

2002         Alice Springs Art Award

1996          Gold Coast Ceramic Art Merit Award

1997          Moonee Valley Festival Contemporary Craft Award

1991          Walker Ceramics Prize for Excellence to a student at RMIT

1991          National Gallery Society of Victoria Award, RMIT


The Canberra Times ‘Fiona Hiscock adorns ceramics with vibrant native flora and fauna’, Kerry Anne Cousins, 25 Jun 14
Herald Sun Newspaper  Botanical Beauties, Karen Woods, 21 Jun 03
Herald Sun Newspaper “Fruits of an Urban Shed”, Simon Plant, 3 Oct 98
Australian Ceramics Magazine 1999, 2009
The Australian Newspaper, Weekend Review “Objects of Desire” Jo Litson, 20 Jun 98
The Age Newspaper “Artists in Residence”, Denise Ryan, Domain magazine, 29 Jul 98
The Age Newspaper “Size with Attitude” Zinta Jurjuans-Heard, 29 Apr 98
Masters of their Craft, Noris Ioannou, Craftsman House, 1997
Herald Sun Newspaper “The Vases that Fiona Built”, Claire Sutherland, 10 May 97
Business Review Weekly “New Handle on Old Aesthetics Problem”, Anna Long, 12 May 97
House and Garden Magazine “6 Rising Stars”, December 1996
The Age Newspaper, Jenny Zimmer, 14 Dec 93, 4 Jan 94, 3 Mar 94, 1 Feb 96,28 May 97
Ceramics, Art and Perception Issues 11 and 30


Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat
Deakin University, Melbourne
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast
Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Parliament House, Canberra


Fiona Hiscock, in her studio, 2020


Fiona Hiscock’s practice emerges from a long historical tradition of utilitarian ceramics which use nature for decorative inspiration. Oversized, hand-built vases, pitchers,…

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