Merran Esson is an Australian artist who has been making works of art using clay for over 40 years. Her artworks express the contrast between the extremes of country and city. Influences from her rural childhood combine with the urban confines of city life to produce large containers connecting in ways that explore mutual survival. Objects in outdoor spaces have for many years interested Esson, sitting as reminders of water tanks and silos in the Australian rural landscape. Working with clay as a material that can mimic a metal surface, in particular corrugated iron as used in Australian bush architecture, Merran Esson investigates a range of cultural influences, reminding us of the influence of history and place.
Merran Esson holds a Master of Art Degree from Monash University (2004). She was winner of The Austceram Award (1994), Port Hacking Award (2000), Gold Coast Ceramic Award (2005), Nava Marketing Grant (2006), National Art School Studio Residency at The Cite Internationale des Arts Paris (2006), Poyntzpass Pioneer Ceramic Award (2008), highly commended in The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2014) and winner of the Muswellbook Art Prize in Ceramics (2019)
Esson has been a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2014 & 2017), Sculpture by the Sea (2016), Sculpture in Scenic World (2017, 2018 & 2019), Sculpture in the Valley (2017), The University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award (2018) and the Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize (2018).
She has work in the collections of The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Galleries of South Australia and Western Australia, The Gold Coast City Art Gallery, The Bathurst Art Gallery, The Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection and numerous galleries and museums in Australia. Her work is also in collections overseas including Argentona Ceramics Museum, Spain, the Museum für Kunsthandwerk und Gewerbe in Hamburg, the Westerwalld Keramik Museum, Hohr-Grenzhausen, Koblenz, Germany, National Taiwan University of Arts, and The Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
Merran has exhibited in The Victoria and Albert Museum London, Galerie Rosenhauer in Germany, Gaffer Gallery in Hong Kong, also in Korea, Taiwan, Sweden, Pakistan, Spain, Japan and numerous galleries in Australia. She has been a visiting artist in China, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan, Spain and Pakistan.
Merran has extensive teaching experience, including Kambala Girls School (1978-81), Ravenswood (1995), various TAFE colleges, College of Fine Art UNSW, National Art School, Sydney, Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jorganstone College of Art, Dundee and Edinburgh College of Art (1993-94); She has recently retired as the Head of Ceramics at The National Art School in Sydney, and is currently Lecturer-in-Charge of ceramics at the Australian Catholic University (2019).
She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Switzerland.
Merran is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney,
Stella Downer Fine Art