The ingredients of this work are essentially simple; clay, local stones, kaolin slip, wood ash, salt and high temperature. Simple elements combined creatively can produce complex and evocative results. Searching for that elusive nuance or essence that hovers provocatively at the edge of consciousness leads to exploration of the boundaries of the medium.
Born London England. Training: Ceramics Certificate, National Art School, NSW, 1980; Master of Visual Arts, Monash University, Vic. 2003; PhD Creative Arts, UOW, NSW, 2018. Established Balmoral Pottery, NSW, 1980, specialising in wood firing and salt glazing. Teaching at various TAFE colleges, ANU and currently lecturer, National Art School, East Sydney. Artist in Residence, ANU, 2001, 2002; Jeff Oestreich Pottery, USA, 2002, 2005; Micki Schloessingk Pottery, Wales, UK 2003; International Ceramics Research Center, 2014, Denmark. Recent Solo shows: Material Ways of Knowing, TAEM Gallery, UOW, NSW, 2018; A Question of Contrast, Apple House Gallery, Skaelskor, Denmark, 2014; Metamorphosis, Project Space, University of Wollongong, 2013; Beyond Stasis, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney, 2011. Recent Group shows: ‘Quietude’, Schaller Gallery, Michigan, USA, 2018; ‘Chawan - International Teabowl Exhibition’, Stratford Gallery, UK, 2018; ‘World Stage at Clay Gulgong’ NSW, 2018; ‘No Man is an Island’, Ceramic Art Avenue Art Gallery, Taoxichuan, China, 2018; ‘Committed to Clay’, Rex Livingstone Art and Objects, Katoomba, NSW, 2017; ‘Identity’ - Skepsi @ Montsalvat, Vic, 2017. Invited Guest Presenter and Demonstrator: Spring Festival, Taoxichuan, China, 2018; The 6th Namwon International Ceramic Art Camp, South Korea, 2017; North Carolina Wood fire Pre-Conference, and Conference, USA, 2017; La Meridiana International Centre of Ceramics, Tuscany, Italy, 2016; International Ceramics Festival, Sasama, Japan, 2015; 2nd European Wood fire Conference, Denmark 2014; Tasmania Woodfire 2011; Tel Hai University, Israel, 2010. Established pottery and water filter production project with local women potters in Manatuto, East Timor, 2002/3. Collections include: public and private collections throughout Australia, UK, USA, Europe, Korea, China and Japan.