Faculty of Education and Arts

Peter Pilven

Position: Program Leader, Visual Arts and Communication Design
Study area: Visual arts
Location: Camp Street Campus, Old Law Courts Building, Room 003
Phone: 5327 8447
Email: p.pilven@federation.edu.au


Dip of Art, BIAE, 1977



  • Bachelor of Visual Arts


  • Studio Practice 3
  • Studio Practice 5
  • Studio Practice 6
  • Short Courses


Peter Pilven's research interests focus on the pre and post gold mining era of Ballarat and district. The degradation and transformative effect that the mining industry has had on the topographical and geological landscape provide ongoing stimulus for the creative output Peter continues through his art practice.

Areas of expertise

  • Wheel thrown and hand built ceramics
  • Ceramic sculpture
  • Glaze chemistry
  • Kiln firing and management
  • Practical teaching

Research interests

  • Contemporary art
  • Glaze technology
  • Local history


Co-supervising PhD candidate

Major/solo exhibitions

Solo and two person exhibitions

2008                  “Now and Zen” Koji Hoashi and Peter Pilven: 20 Years On. Skepsi

2007                  “Pilven and Pilven” Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

2002                  “3 Decades of Clay” Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Solo exhibition

1993                  University of Ballarat

1991                  Studio 20 Gallery, Adelaide

1991                  Narek Galleries, Canberra

1989                  Northcote Pottery, Melbourne

1987                  Northcote Pottery, Melbourne

Curated group exhibitions

2015                   "Earth Wind and Fire” Castlemaine Gallery

2012                   Artist in Residence Exhibition: International Ceramics Centre. Denmark

2011                   “The Art of Woodfire” Skepsi Gallery, Malvern

2011                   “50 Woodfired Stories” Deloraine, Tasmania

2010                   Clunes Ceramic Award. Finalist

2010                   “Golden Earth” New Dehli, India. Selected exhibition

2010                   "Formed: Selected works from the Etta Hirsh Ceramics Collection"

2010                   “The Art of Woodfire” Front Room Gallery. NSW

2010                   “Pilven, Pilven and Brookes” Stefano’s Gallery, Mildura

2010                   “Clay Energy Trail” Gulgong

2009                   “40 Anniversary Exhibition” Ceramics Victoria. Manningham Gallery

2009                   “Bottled” Pan Gallery Melbourne

2009                   "Celebrating Ceramics” Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

2009                   “A New Look” Functional Ceramics Cudgegong Gallery. Gulgong

2008                   “From the Earth” Curated exhibition. Whitehorse Art Space

2008                   “Land and Water” Herring Island. Commendation

2008                   “A Taste of Woodfiring” Selected exhibition, Sturt Galleries NSW

2008                   “Salute” Australian Ceramics Invitational. Fusions Gallery. Brisbane

2007                   “Pilven and Pilven” Two person exhibition Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

2007                   “MP3” Aburrow, Hanna and Pilven Alluvial Gallery. Bendigo

2007                   Demonstrators Exhibition. Phyllis Palmer Gallery. Bendigo

2006                   “Encrusted” Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne

2006                   “Surface Connections” Manningham Gallery, Doncaster

2005                   “Australian Woodfire Survey” Selected.  Watson Arts Centre, ACT

2004                   “Skepsi Group Show” Melbourne

2004                   “Celebrating the Master”Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne

2004                   “The Imperial Porcelain Exhibition” Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne

2004                   “Bowled and Beautiful” Invitational Exhibition. Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney

2004                   “The Victorian Connection” Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney

2003                   “The Australian & New Zealand Context” Cambeltown  Art Gallery

2003                   “The Teapot Show” Innercity Clayworkers Gallery, Sydney

2001                   Maesta Art House, Anniversary exhibition

2001                   Castlemaine State Festival, Selected competition

2001                   “Bowled Over” Fremantle Arts Centre

2000                   Maesta Art House, Toby Bradley, Peter Pilven & Kim Williams

2000                   Maesta Art House, Selected group exhibition

1999                   “Edge to Edge” Selected exhibition in conjunction with the National Ceramics Conference and the Victorian Ceramic Group

1999                   “Aftermath” Woodfired exhibition, Northcote Gallery. Melbourne

1999                   “Fattening the Goose” Christmas Exhibition. Invitational. B.F.A.G.

1999                   “A Generous Vessel”  PowerHouse Gallery, Glebe, Sydney. Curated and Catalogued

1999                   North Queensland Potters Society, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

1999                   “Clay Fever”  Steppes Gallery, Lygon St. Carlton

1998                   "Master Blasters" Invitational Woodfire Mini Conference. Guest speaker and exhibitor. Qdos Gallery, Lorne, Victoria

1998                  “The Fine Art of Craft” Crafts Council of Ballarat, Ballarat Town Hall

1997                   Alice Springs Invitational Prize

1997                  Group Show, Lyall Burton Gallery Flinders St. Melbourne

1997                  "Works from the Window", Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

1997                  “The Art of Gold” Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Invitational. Curated

1997                  Tasmanian Fine Craft Exhibition, Burnie

1997                  "The Teapot Show", Innercity Clay Workers Gallery, Glebe, Sydney

1996                  'Tea for Two', Canberra - Invitational

1996                  ‘Bowled and Beautiful’, Perth - Invitational

1996                  Tasmanian Fine Craft Exhibition - Guest Exhibitor and Judge

1995                  “Painting in the Round”, Horsham, Hamilton and Swan Hill Regional Galleries

1995                  VCG Guest Exhibitor

1995                  'Arts Now', Staff Art Exhibition, University of Ballarat

1994                  'Teapot Exhibition, Distelfink Gallery. Melbourne

1994                  National Bowl Exhibition, Perth Invitational

1993                  'A Bowl of One's Own', Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

1993                  'The Vessel', Meat Market Gallery. Melbourne

1993                  'Easter Exhibition', Adelaide University

1993                  'Bowl Exhibition', Distelfink Gallery. Melbourne

1992                  'Spring Exhibition', Meat Market Gallery. Melbourne

1992                  'Interstate Invitational', Studio 20, Canberra

1991                  'National Ceramic Exhibition, Canberra

1991                  'Drinking Vessel', Distelfink Gallery. Melbourne

1990                  'Food for Thought', Studio 20, Adelaide

1989                  'Tableware', Victor Mace Gallery - Brisbane

1988                  'Teapot Exhibition', Distelfink Gallery

1988                  'Victorian Survey', Eltham Gallery

1987                  'Extremities', Meat Market Gallery

1987                  'Eight Australian Ceramists', Indigenous Gallery

1986                  'Selected Works', VCG Collection - National Gallery of Victoria

1986                  Castlemaine Art Gallery

1986                  'The Other Side', Blackwood Street Gallery

1986                  'The Christmas Show', Distelfink Gallery

1985                  'VCG Annual Exhibition', Guest Exhibitor

1984                  'Victorian Ceramics', Caulfield Arts Centre

1984                  'Australian Ceramics Survey', Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

1981                  CPA, London


Neu Ceramics, Germany
Issue 3, 2011

"Pottery in Australia"
Vol. 45, 2006
Vol. 44, 2005
Vol. 43, 2004
Vol. 40, 2001
Vol. 35, 1996
Vol. 30, 1995
Vol. 33, 1994
Vol. 32, 1992
Vol. 31, 1991
Vol. 30, 1991
Vol. 27, 1988
Vol. 24, 1985

"The Log Book"
Issue 34, 2008
Issue 21, 2005

“Ceramic Art and Perception”
Issue 71, 2008
Issue 68, 2007
Issue 59, 2005
Issue 2, 1990

“Ceramics Technical"
Issue 24, 2007

“Craft Art International”

“National Craft Directory”

Works held in collections

Art Gallery of Ballarat
Bendigo Fine Art Gallery
Burnie Regional Gallery
Castlemaine Regional Gallery
City of Innagawa, Japan
City of Maryborough Collection
City of Whitehorse Collection
Diamond Valley Collection
Latrobe University Museum
Meat Workers Superannuation Trust Collection
Myer Bicentennial Collection
Shepparton Regional Gallery
University of Ballarat Collection
Victorian Ceramic Group Collection
Walkers Permanent Collection

Grants and residencies

Residency at the International Ceramic Institute, Skaelskor Denmark, 2012

Guest lecturer/speaker/demonstrator

2012                Artist in Residence: International Ceramics Centre, Denmark

2007                Bendigo [Latrobe] University, Festival of Ceramics, Ceramics Victoria

1999                Bendigo [Latrobe] University, Festival of Ceramics, Ceramics Victoria

1997                Box Hill TAFE

1996                Devonport TAFE

1996                Devonport

1996                Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania

1996                Hobart Ceramic Group

1995                Geelong

1994                Hobart Ceramic Group

1993                Adelaide

1992                Adelaide Studio Potters

1992                University of Tasmania

1992                Monash University, Frankston

1991                Festival of Ceramics, Bendigo, Victorian Ceramic Group

1989                Festival of Ceramics, Dandenong, Victorian Ceramic Group

1988                Sydney

1985                Melbourne


  • Australian Ceramic Society
  • Craft Victoria
  • International Socialist Art Society