In this world of change and distraction, the quality that I strive for in my work is a quiet simplicity. Making pots is a ritual - a celebration of the physical nature of being, and a renewal of life's energy, unfolding through the process of making. The adventure is in the pursuit. Using the language of wood firing, I create a personal vocabulary portraying the Australian landscape to which I am greatly attracted. My form is influenced by Art Nouveau or Jugendstil, reflecting the other half of my heritage.
Born Tabriz Iran 1941, arrived Australia 1949. Initial training, East Sydney Technical College (now National Art School) 1964, teachers, Peter Rushforth and Mollie Douglas. Career highlights: 2007, Winner City Of Sydney Mural Competition for St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney; 2002, Artist-In-Residence Australian National University, Canberra School of Art; 1987-96 Head of Ceramics, National Art School, Sydney; 1995-2006 Botany Bay Studio Pottery and Gallery established in South Sydney. Exhibitions include: Galerie Besson, London, U.K ‘Mixed Contemporary Ceramics’ and Summer Exhibition 2002; Galerie Theiss, Berlin, Germany, ‘Mixed Ceramics’ 2002; Keramisch Atelier, Utrecht, The Netherlands 2002; 1st World Ceramic Biennale Korea 2001; numerous solo and invitational group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas; Ongoing annual artist studio exhibitions since 2010. Collections: National, State and Regional Galleries throughout Australia and overseas. Publications: Australian and international ceramic art books, magazines and journals.