Last night saw the opening of Noel McKenna's exhibition The Democratic Potter at Niagara Galleries in Richmond (Noel is picture above with Niagara painter Angela Brennan). A Sydney-based painter, McKenna has recently discovered the pleasures of ceramics and three-dimensional form. While his vessels are slipcast elsewhere, he fabricates decorative elements by hand and with a roller. The results are often painterly and quote Paul Klee's dictum about 'taking a line for a walk'. But there are also some very curious collections of miniature objects in clear perspex boxes. The show proved very popular and McKenna now joins Stephen Benwell as a ceramic force in the gallery's stable.