My home studio is situated in the inner city of Brisbane, Australia, surrounded by the beauty of native trees and the sounds of colourful birds. Because of my unique location, I live in a simultaneously hectic and peaceful environment.
My work is inspired by the surfaces of the natural landscape as well as the ancient vestiges of faraway civilisations. To realise my inspiration, I find myself using a blend of wheel throwing and hand building techniques. I often combine both skills depending on my desired outcome. This approach means that my work retains an organic quality, whether it is present in the shapes and forms, or evoked by the surface colours and textures. I use both stoneware and porcelain clay – sometimes combining them – which allows me to manipulate differences in surface treatments when applying textures and glazes.
Although I create my work to express these natural aesthetic qualities, it is important that my pieces are practical as well as beautiful. I find that the pleasure of preparing and serving food is as important to me as working with clay. As such, the functional nature of my work means that it can be admired while it is being used. There is nothing quite like serving food in hand-built objects that reflect a love of artistic and culinary creativity.
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