Now stocking at Koskela!

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Very happy to have my retail work now available from iconic Sydney design store Koskela. They sell Australia’s largest range of Australian made and ethically produced homewares, furniture, lighting and art. I am pleased to be a part of it.

Winner, Klytie Pate Ceramic Award

I am thrilled to have won the Klytie Pate Ceramic Award for 2018 for my work, Midnight Sun, FiskarsDirector of Geelong Art Gallery, Jason Smith, awarded the main prize making the following comments: 
"The evocation of the Finnish forests is potent in two quite differently worked and glazed surfaces. The scale of the vessels seems to echo the trunk or main branch of a tree, so for me there was a strong resolution between the formal and conceptual integrity of these works. They have great presence and kept drawing me back."

  Midnight Sun, Fiskars

Midnight Sun, Fiskars

'Into the woods', Mr Kitly

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Into the woods arises out of a summer residency spent deep in the forests of Finland. Pattern, line and texture embedded themselves in how I saw this very different northern hemisphere forest. I did drawings and took many photos as my way of connecting to this unfamiliar landscape. The memories of this time slowly made their way into these works.

Klytie Pate Ceramics Award 2018

This work is a finalist in the upcoming Klytie Pate Award - opening March 6 and on until March 14 - in Mansfield, Victoria. These hand built porcelain vessels reference a particular place and time; a forest in Fiskars, in Finland, in June, when the sun never really sets.

  Midnight Sun, Finland

Midnight Sun, Finland

Collective Popup Show @slowclay

Very happy to be included in the splendid annual show at Slow Clay. 30 local Melbourne artists beautifully showcased by @janesawyer1 and @sabri.talarico. My two pencil porcelain vessels can be spotted in the left hand corner. For those of you in Melbourne head to 13 Keele st, Collingwood, 11am-6pm, till Dec 17.

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Green Magazine

Was delighted to see my black clay vessels featured in the current issue of Green Magazine. It is one of my favourite journals and I regularly drool over the innovative sustainable homes they feature. The magazine encompasses much that I hold dear -  materiality, light, gardens, smart design...

  Fiskars, Finland,  2017

Fiskars, Finland, 2017

Clunes Ceramic Award 2017

These handbuilt porcelain vessels have been selected for this year's Clunes Ceramic Award. They were made after a residency I undertook at Fiskars, an artists collective village deep in the forests of Finland. I spent time observing and documenting the nearby woodland as my way of coming to terms with unfamiliar surroundings.  

  Forest Walk.  2017

Forest Walk. 2017

Glazed Turkeys and other treats from the Manningham Art Collection

  Urban Light - Winter , 2012

Urban Light - Winter, 2012

Manningham Council acquired this work, Urban Light - Winter 2012, for its art collection a few years ago and i'm really pleased to be part of this exhibition survey. Landscape is a recurring theme across many of the paintings and some of the ceramics collection. I feel honoured to be in such good company. The exhibition is on until July 29. 

 

Victorian Craft Award

Really happy to be a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Craft Award. It's a great snapshot of all the creativity that's taking place across Victoria. This is my entry, which is based on a residency I had in Finland. Fiskars is a small village surrounded by birch forests. While there, I was drawn to the graphic pattern of the tree trunks.

  Fiskars, Finland  2017

Fiskars, Finland 2017

Ceramic Matchmaking - The Journal of Australian Ceramics

I interview Cup Collaboration curator and ceramicist Adriana Christianson about what sparked her idea of teaming up potters to collaborate on cups. This is the second year running she has paired up 62 potters from around the world to each produce their own cup and then collaborate on two more cups. The article is in the November issue of The Journal of Australian Ceramics.

Collaboration with coffee roasters Sensory Lab

It has been great to collaborate with speciality coffee roasters Sensory Lab - discussing what style, what glaze, and what colour of cup would suit their special coffee blends. In the end we decided on two styles - one darker stoneware mug with a clear grey glaze and one lighter stoneware mug with a creamy satin glaze which is pictured below

 Photo courtesy Sensory Lab

Photo courtesy Sensory Lab

Bluestone Collection Acquisition

  Winter, Skipton,  2016, Porcelain

Winter, Skipton, 2016, Porcelain

Very pleased that this work has been acquired by the Bluestone Collection from the recent exhibition 'New Primitives' at Stockroom Gallery, Victoria. Curator Magali Gentric selected 12 Australian artists whose work featured 'a renewed engagement with primitivism in contemporary ceramics'. Other artists: Sharon Alpren, Irene Grishin-Selzer, Kim Jaeger, Kate Jones, Tessy M King, Vanessa Lucas, Tai Snaith, Petrus Spronk, Dawn Vachon, Alicia Van Rhijn, Andrei Davidoff