‘Tattoo Flash’ developed from a fascination with the fusion of identity, anecdote and image in flesh - and the European origins of tattoo in James Cook’s voyages to Australasia and Tahiti. The works utilise the process of ceramic tissue transfer printing, the development of which coincided with Cook’s voyages of discovery, to embed cobalt ink in glaze. For ‘Tattoo Flash’ the haunting integration of image and body, as they age together, has steered the development of both pigment and glaze.
Born Melbourne, Victoria. Initial training, Australian National University, Bachelor of Asian Studies; Saga University, Kyoto Japan, Diploma Ceramics. Career highlights: Myer Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate study on Yanagi Soetsu; Head, School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales; Coordinator Ceramics, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales; Coordinator Three Dimensional Studies, University of Western Sydney; Executive Committee, First Australian Ceramics Triennale, Sydney. Recent activities: Exhibitor, Hyperclay, Object Gallery travelling exhibition, 2011-2014; Exhibitor, In [two] art, Maitland Regional Art Gallery travelling exhibition, 2011-2014; Curator, Zen and the Art of Japanese Ceramics, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, 2011; International Coordinator, First European Wood fire Conference, Germany, 2010. Citations: Cochrane, Grace, Smartworks, Powerhouse Museum, 2008; Messer, Barbara, ‘Playing in their own backyard’, Journal of Australian Ceramics, 2008.