17 facts about Milton Moon

By Gwylym Owen

Milton Moon AM (29 October 1926 – 6 September 2019) was an Australian potter. He studied in many countries, as a recipient of a Foundation Winston Churchill Fellowship and plus as a Myer Foundation Geijutsu Fellow.

Milton Moon was born in Melbourne in 1926. After discharge from Navy Service in 1947 he lived first in Queensland and later in New South Wales until 1949, at which mature he returned to Brisbane. He studied painting and drawing at the Central Technical College and after that privately gone Margaret Cilento from 1949 to 1951.

He first became curious in pottery in 1950 and was taught wheel-throwing by Mervyn Feeney, a received potter successful in Brisbane. He was along with employed in broadcasting and sophisticated television from 1947 to 1962.

In 1962 he became Senior Pottery Instructor next the Department of Technical Education, Brisbane.

In 1965 Moon was awarded a Foundation Churchill Fellowship and studied in many countries during the when year. He represented Australia at the first World Craft Congress, Montreux, Switzerland, in 1966. In 1967-68, he was an art teach at the Architecture Department, University of Queensland. In 1969 became Senior Lecturer, Head of Ceramics at the South Australian School of Art. In 1974, as a Myer Foundation Geijutsu Fellow, he lived and worked in Japan.

In 1975 he resigned from lecturing to law full-time at Summertown, South Australia in the Adelaide Hills where he and his wife received a workshop, home and gallery in a restored 1850s rock mill. Twenty years later, in 1995, he relocated to Adelaide.

Moon served as a believer of the Australia-Japan Foundation from 1976 to 1981. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1984 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

In 1990 Moon was awarded Life Membership of the South Australian Crafts Council and, in 1992, he was a recipient of an Advance Australia Foundation Award. In 1991 he was accorded a retrospective of his work, covering a period of thirty-five years, at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 1993 was a recipient of an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship, for a five-year period from 1994 to 1998. In 2006 he was conferred an honorary doctorate (DUniv) from the University of South Australia.

“In this, my ‘ninetieth year,’ over sixty of which I have been a potter, I remain concerned, if a Tiny obsessed, with the challenge of making pots, which although belonging to a ceramic tradition of some eight thousand years or more, are undeniably and uniquely Australian. With everything my changes of ventilation this has remained constant.”

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