My journey with ceramics began in 2013, after a 20 year career as a painter and printmaker. I was looking for a new creative outlet and took a class at my local community potters group, and fell totally in love with clay. Most of my ceramic works begin with a rough idea of a form or object, often inspired by shapes from nature and the local coastal landscape, and then I allow the process and the clay to guide me. I use hand building techniques – slabs, coils, pinching – and a variety of earthy stoneware and earthenware clays. I allow the process itself to determine the end product, whether it be a piece of art or a functional object. I have always embraced the imperfect form – the uneven edge, the asymmetrical shape, the imprint of a finger left by the maker. Each individual form and each type of clay lends itself to different surface treatments, so some pieces are simply glazed and others become highly decorated with my art. I thoroughly enjoy the multitude of processes and unpredictable outcomes of working with clay.
I hold a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma in Education. My paintings and screenprints are held in several public and private collections, including the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and the Mater Private Hospital Collection, Brisbane. I have been selected for national art competitions, such as the Churchie Emerging Art Award, the National Print Awards and the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, and am the recipient of the Gold Coast Art and Design Award, the Border Art Prize and the Queensland Villages Art Prize. I work from my home-based studio in North-West Tasmania.