​Bruce Nuske with Khai Liew / 1 March 2024 - 10 May 2024

Image: Bruce Nuske, Bruce Nuske with Khai Liew, 2024, installation view, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Photography by Grant Hancock.

In this third project in a series of exhibitions focusing on renowned Tarntanya/Adelaide-based practitioners, the Samstag Museum of Art proudly presents leading South Australian ceramicist Bruce Nuske.

Fastidiously intricate, whimsical and often surprising, Nuske’s practice is steeped in the history of the decorative arts—from Chinoiserie to Japanese ceramics, Wedgwood to the Arts and Craft movement—and draws on a rich array of botanical references, symbols and traditions.

Displaying remarkable technical skill in hand-built forms, complex surface application and rich glazing, Nuske’s teapots and pouring vessels are astounding in their variety, conjured by an unfettered imagination working in a quiet garden studio, surrounded by rare species of orchids and bromeliads.

In response to Nuske’s playful and highly decorative sensibility, renowned furniture and exhibition designer Khai Liew brings a singular and refined approach to creating a captivating gallery experience.

Individual details for each of Bruce Nuske's ceramic works can be acccessed here.

View our limited edition Bruce Nuske merchandise here.

Listen to the conversation between Bruce Nuske and Robert Reason at our TALK  + TEA event here.

Catalogue essay by Robert Reason.

A Samstag Museum of Art exhibition for the 2024 Adelaide Festival.


Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.