I'm excited to be giving a talk about my residency in Finland tonight at the launch of the July issue of the Australian Journal of Ceramics. The issue is about 'exploring place' and there is a feature about my residency and the exhibition 'Into the woods' that arose out of it. There will also be a panel discussion with fellow ceramicists Kate Jones and Andrei Davidoff. Looking forward to it!
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.
I am thrilled to have won the Klytie Pate Ceramic Award for 2018 for my work, Midnight Sun, Fiskars. Director 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."
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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