I have been involved in ceramics for many years. As a teenager I admired a potter at a market and made a pact with myself that I would take it up one day. I did so when I was 27 years old and I have never looked back. I have always been one to experiment with various designs, methods, techniques, skills and decoration and have been inspired by many potters who have come before me.
Starting with a short course for 8 weeks in 1991, I made my first small bowl on the wheel. Realising how hard it would be I was determined to succeed and years later graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts (Ceramics). I was so determined to succeed, I also studied a Bachelor of Education and Training and worked full-time, at the same time, studying on nights and weekends.
I have always been attracted to Asian design and contemporary art and this is evident in my own craft work, my clothing, my home furnishings and most importantly in my ceramic artwork. The sharp edges, concise forms, ‘disciplined’ appearance of such design I find extremely attractive and am drawn to creating sharp and bold statements when producing work, whether thrown on the wheel or handbuilt. Adding embellishments, carving and decorating work, coupled with dark, bold glazes or bright white glazes on porcelain and stoneware clays is my preferred method of finishing work.
I am also a member of the Australian Ceramics Association and Treefern Potters in Ferntree Gully and when I’m not handling publicity and IT I’m literally immersed elbow-deep in clay – a passion that’s been alive and kicking for about 25 years.
Here is a list of my previous achievements.