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Trained in ceramics and glass, Debbie Pryor is a Melbourne based craft curator and writer. She has worked across Adelaide, Sydney and Victoria since 2000; running galleries and programs at key craft and design institutions such as JamFactory, Object (now Australian Design Centre), Powerhouse Museum, Firstdraft and Craft. She is President of the Bluestone Collection and Vice President of Northcity4. In January 2016 she founded Language of Labour a website designed to engage writing and conversing about craft. She has recently returned to making ceramics and includes this as part of her practice in addition to writing and curating. 

CONTACT: debbie(at)languageoflabour(dot)com

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sessional Ceramics Handbuilding Tutor Northcote Pottery Supplies (VIC)

2016 - current Education and Comms Coordinator Northcote Pottery Supplies (VIC)

2012 – 2016 Gallery Curator Craft Victoria (VIC)

2009– 2011 Producer/Sydney Design Festival Powerhouse Museum (NSW)

2009 – 2010 Gallery Director University of Technology, Sydney (NSW)

2009 - 2010 International Conference Manager New Interfaces for Musical Expression++, UTS (NSW)

2010 – 2012 Gallery Director Firstdraft (NSW)

2009 - 2010 Gallery Director (Metalab NSW)

2007 – 2009 Exhibitions Manager Object Gallery (NSW)

2007 International Exhibition Coordinator Australian Contemporary/Collect-Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)

2004 Internship Powerhouse Museum (NSW) with Glynis Jones Fashion Curator

2004 - 2005 Tour Manager Guild House (formerly Craft South)

 2001 – 2007 Gallery Manager JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design, Adelaide, SA

BOARD ACTIVITY
March 2015 - Dec 2016 Bluestone Collection President (Melb) www.bluestonecollection.org
Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 Northcity4 Operational Board and Management Board (Melb) www.northcity4.com
Jan 2016 - currentLanguage of Labour Founder and Editor languageoflabour.com
Jan 2009 – Dec 2010  Firstdraft Board of Directors(Syd) www.firstdraft.org.au

Selected Commissioned writing
2016
I am a sentient being, catalogue essay for Stuck in the Mud curated by Madeleine Preston at Verge Galley (Syd)
Grow Your Own, catalogue essay for Grow Your Own exhibition at CraftACT (ACT)
2015                                         
Language of Labour, founder and editor. A new website dedicated to promoting and fostering writing within the Australian craft industry. 
Understanding the Crafted Object, Craft in Context through Culture Victoria http://cv.vic.gov.au/stories/creative-life/craft-in-context/Solitary Shade catalogue/Andrei Davidoff solo exhibition at Vauclaus House, Sydney Living Museums (formally Sydney Heritage Trust).
2012
(inside) magazine, interview with Faye Toogood, Toogood Studios, London, UK