The internet became a major focus for me during two 'moments' in my life. The first was a late night conversation with a web enthusiast. We had began throwing around an idea of webcaming a series of wood firings that were part of my project work as a student at the Australian National University in Canberra. Although the wood firings were never webcamed thus began my introduction (and education) into the internet and websites.
The second 'moment' when the internet became a major focus was writing the paper "Is cyberspace a revolutionary realm? Or is it governed by the old rules?" Intent on doing all my research on the internet I became totally absorbed, looking at cyber-communities and their ideologies. The issues raised were fascinating and thought-provoking.
Avicam, as a website, took on a life of its own when I went to Hong-Ik University in Seoul as an exchange student. I kept an online travel diary of the places I went, the people I met and the amazing Korean ceramics I discovered. Over the years Avicam has had a number of rebuilds and has developed to support ceramic artist, provide a vehicle for publishing papers and essays, and features a gallery area of artists' works.
Ceramics this month, the electronic newsletter, was set up originally to be a discussion list for us 'students' to stay in touch after graduation and to help one another with technical difficulties. What I found was colleagues were sending me the information and asking if I would post it to the list. I started to 'digest' the material which then developed into a newsletter featuring articles and opportunities. Ceramics this month now has a national and international audience outside my known networks.
Avi Amesbury received a Bachelor of Arts (Visual), with Honours in ceramics from the Australian National University(ANU) School of Art in 2002. She was awarded a scholarship in 2000 through the ANU International Exchange Program and undertook studies at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Her work has been selected in national and international exhibitions and has won a number of awards. Most recently Amesbury's work was selected for the 26th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award and was presented at the 2008 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award exhibition, the 2007 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in the United States and at the New Craft Future Voices International Craft Conference in Scotland. She is represented in the permanent collections of the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and is in private collections in Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States of America.
Professional and community experience
Avi Amesbury maintains this site, www.avicam.com, that represents national and international ceramic artists, edits and publishes the electronic newsletter, Ceramics this month, participated in the development of various websites and online projects, and has curated a number of national and international exhibitions. She is involved in the arts community in Canberra and is currently Treasurer on the Board of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, and is on the Management Committee of Strathnairn Arts Association and the Advisory Committee for Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability conference.
Avi Amesbury is the Executive Director of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and leads the team in delivering services that support contemporary craft and design sustainability and professional practice. She oversees the delivery of programs that promote the organisation and engage audiences with the retail outlet, exhibition and public program, membership programs and the diverse range of one-off projects. She represents the Centre, its members and professional craft and design in Canberra and advocates for the sector at all levels of government.
Prior, she was the Manager for Program Development and Communications with the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the national peak advocacy group for the humanities, arts and social sciences in Australia. She managed the annual event, HASS on the Hill (HOTH), bringing researchers and leaders from the sector to meet with Ministers at Parliament House. She was responsible for the strategic development of the Council's programs, communications and website.
Previously Avi Amesbury worked at Craft Australia, the national peak advocacy organisation for contemporary craft and design in Australia. She worked with the organisation for 6 years and was responsible for the strategic development of their programs and communications, was the editor of the monthly newsletter 716 craft·design and managed the website and its redevelopment. During this time she led the development of the Craft Australia Research Centre and their inaugural peer-review journal, Craft & Design Enquiry. She is currently Interim Editor and is responsible for the publication of the Enquiry's inaugural papers.