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These sculptures, Playing with Captured Space, enter the kiln in a rigid circular state and with careful strategic packing are fired at a temperature higher than is recommended - 1280c. At this temperature the clay becomes fluid, creating softened languid forms. As with anything adventurous, the risks are high but so are the rewards. Often kiln openings are moments of angst and filled with mixed emotions when the unexpected emerges which is why this medium is so appealing to play with. 

Born Geelong, Victoria. Initial Training, production thrower, Old Ballarat Pottery, Victoria 1977. Career highlights: Traineeship Crafts Board Australia Council, mentor Joan Campbell, Western Australia 1979-80. Ballarat University Residency 2010. Collections include Bendigo Art Gallery Victoria; City of Tea Tree Gully South Australia; Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc.; Art Gallery of South Australia; Ballarat University Victoria, and private collections. Exhibitions: 2014 International Ceramics Exhibition, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. 2013 Clunes Ceramic Award; Expressions of Self, Skepsi Gallery; 2012 Engaging Form Skepsi Gallery; 2010 Golden Earth Habitat Centre New Delhi India; South Australian Ceramic Award; Clunes Ceramic Award Vic. 2009 Ceramics Victoria 40th Anniversary Exhibition Vic; 2007 South Australian Ceramic Award SA; Gold Coast International Ceramic Award Qld. Publications: Lark Books - 500 Sculptures, 2009; Best of 500 Ceramics 2012. Invitational Workshop: 2012 Delhi Blue Pottery, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India.

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