Sally Aplin
Trained as a sculptor, painter and enameller and works across these disciplines. Materials are very significant and exploited for their physical properties, social interpretation and tactile qualities. Sally juxtaposes disparate materials such as concrete, plaster, copper, textiles, perspex, hair, wax and paper and coaxes meaning from them.

Both in solo and group exhibitions Sally has made installations about deterioration and ageing.  For many years trees and their growth habit have informed her work. Recently Sally has been exploring tree growth in the Australian bush by drawing into vitreous enamel before firing it. Seedpods from trees and other plants also stimulate her creativity.

There is often female bias in the work which has a subtle combination of preciseness and free expression. It frequently references the body, its limbs, trees and their branches.

Sally likes her work to respond to its location.  Works shown on this site were completed over many years.

Sally has been resident in Australia since 2001.  Phone: +61 29419 6453   email:                      
            University of Wales, M.A. Fine Art
            University of the West of England BA(Hons) Fine Art
            Brunel College Bristol, Further & Adult Education Teacher
            Bristol Polytechnic Diploma, Art Education.
            Workshop Arts Centre, Willoughby, NSW
            Filton College, School of Art and Design, Bristol 1992-2001
            University of the West of England  
            Brunel College of Further Education, Bristol.
Tiranti prize, 2nd National Open Sculpture Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy.

International Enamel Biennale, Laval, Canada.

Morley College, London, awarded me a solo exhibition in 2000.

Solo exhibitions:
2011 Growth Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, Sydney
2006  After Fire Willoughby City Council, Sydney.
2000  Still Warm, Morley Gallery, Westminster Bridge Road, London.
1998  Still Warm, School House Gallery, Building of Bath Museum.
1992  Art in the Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral, College Green.
1986  Senate House University of Bristol.

Selected group exhibitions:
2012 Artisans Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
        Fired Glass on Metal Willoughby City Council, Chatswood, Sydney
        Fusions, Socy.of Arts & Crafts, George St. The Rocks, Sydney
        Paper Now Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, Sydney
2011 Sculpture Ten, Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, Sydney
201010th International Juried Enamel, Lireille Gallery, Oakland, California
2009 Fired up at the Top End Framed Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
         Willoughby Sculpture Prize, The Incinerator, Willoughby, NSW  
         TheEnamel Show, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, California
2008 Sculpture in the Vineyards,  Wollombi Wines, Hunter Valley, NSW
2007 Driven to Abstraction, Gallery 41, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
2006 Painting with Fire, Melting Point Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2004 Willoughby Art Prize, Chatswood, NSW
         Colour Fusion, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
2001 Fusion, Contemporary Enamel Artists, Bilston, Wolverhampton Museum
2000 Workplace Art & performance in Bristol City            
1999 Intimate Traces, 3 selected artists, Hotbath Gallery, Bath.
1998 Ffresh Selected artists associated with Wales, Chapter, Cardiff
1997 Studio Fusion Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London
         Open City Collaboration of Art Projects, City of Bristol
         Still International Sculpture Group Show, The Old Leadworks, Bristol
1996 Fusion Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
         2nd Open Sculpture Exhibition Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1995 New Art in the South West, Spacex Gallery, Exeter
         M.A. Show Cardiff Institute, University of Wales.
         All Over The Shop Artist Group, Clifton Arcade, Bristol
1994 American, Canadian and European Enamelists, Kent State University, Ohio;
         Contemporary British Enamellers Kent State University, Ohio
                                                                    & Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
1992 Fresh Art Business Design Centre, Islington, London
         Bristol  Connection, Smith’s Gallery 3, Shelton Street, London
1991, ’93  British Society of Enamellers Christchurch, Oxford; CCA Gallery, Cambridge;    
                                                                       Kunstverein Coburg Gallery, Germany
1990 Women for Art City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
         Glass, Metal, Fire Cirencester Workshops, Gloucestershire
         Creative Kreis International & Australian Enamellers Adelaide, S. Australia
1989 Bath Festival Contemporary Art Fair, Bath
         2nd International Enamel Biennale, Laval, Quebec, Canada, Ontario,  
         Bath Festival Contemporary Art Fair Bath, Avon
         2nd International Enamel Biennale Laval, Quebec, Canada
         & ’91 & 93 Enamelist Society Carnegie Arts Centre, Kentucky
         British Society of Enamellers Durham Light Infantry Museum & Gallery
1988 9th International Enamel Biennale Limoges, France
        Electrum Gallery, South Molton Street, London
        The Gallery Handel House, Devizes, Wiltshire  
1987 2nd Coburg International Enamel Exhibition Germany
1985 & 1986 Artist Enamellers Alpine Gallery, South Audley Street, London

A recent publication 500 Enamelled Objects Larks Books, N.Y., 2009 includes my work



Paper Now Willoughby City Council, Sydney, 2012

Sculpture Ten Willoughby City Council, Sydney 2011

Willoughby Sculpture Prize 09, Willoughby City Council, 2009

500 Enameled Objects Larks Books, New York, 2009, p.151

Sculpture in the Vineyards 2008, Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce, p. 15

CDRom 2001 Workplace  Art and Performance in the City of Bristol

Still The Old Leadworks, Canons Marsh, Bristol 1997 pp. 3 & 8

2nd Open Sculpture Exhibition Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 1996 p.10

Contemporary British Enamelists Blossom Music Centre, Kent State University , Ohio,

                                                                                             1994  Cover illus.

Glass on Metal Vol 12, No.4 Aug.1993 pub. Enamelists Society, Kentucky, illus.p75

Fresh Art National Fine Art Degree Fair, 17 July-1 Aug 1992 Business Design Centre.p7

Glass on Metal Vol 10. No.4 Aug 1991 pub. Enamelists Society, Kentucky, illus. P.204

Glass on Metal Vol 8. No.4, Aug 1989 pub. Enamelists Society, Kentucky, llus.p.77

Deuxieme Biennale International D’Email Laval 1989 pub. Les Biennales de Laval Inc.,

                                                     Quebec, Canada, 1989 Illus. P.1
L’Art de L’Email 1988
9e  Biennale Internationale de Limoges, Item No.82

Email International 2 Kunstverein Coburg e.V. 1987 illus.p.107


COWLEY, R. Queasy Forms Grow on You, North Shore Times, p.32 , 27 May,2011

POWIS, M. Bags some time on grape escape, North Shore Times, p.35, 17 Oct.2008

CRAWFORD, K. Even The Kitchen Sink, The Mosman Daily, p.35, 6 March, 2008

POWIS, M. Stuck on Enamel Artworks, North Shore Times, pp.40 & 41, 9 June 2006
LOMNY, A. Australian Enamel Symposium Crafts Arts International No.63.p.98

BLACK, C. Still Warm Artists Newsletter, p.24, March, 2000, pub.Newcastle upon Tyne

PUTLER,H. Intimate Traces, Venue, Bristol & Bath, Issue No.449, p.67, 6 Aug.1999.

CHAMBERS,E. Open City, Sites in Bristol, Artists Newsletter, p.23, Aug.’97            

APLIN, S.A. Looking and Touching, Investigating Response to Surface (M.A. dissertation)

HELWIG B. Review B.S.O.E. Exhibition CCA Galleries Cambridge Glass on Metal

                      l12, No.3, 1993. P.68 pub.The Enamelists Society, Newport, Kentucky

APLIN S.A. Materials and Methods of Sculpture Bristol Polytechnic, 1992 (dissertation)

APLIN S.A. Copper Foils Australian Enamel Newsletter, No.11, Dec 1991

CRAVEN H. Crafts Sept/Oct 1990 pub. Crafts Council, Oxendon St., London p.54

TOMALIN S Crafts Mar/Apr 1989 pub. Crafts Council, Oxendon St. London p.55APLIN S.A. Berthe Morisot Bristol Polytechnic, 1983 (diploma dissertation) 

Sally Aplin teaches Vitreous Enamelling

 Workshops for beginners and experienced students to explore techniques for firing enamel on copper.   

 at Workshop Arts Centre,  33 Laurel St. Wiloughby, NSW 2068


 phone 02 9958 6540


Contact Details

Ph: +61 29419 6453