Fortunate are those who can combine areas of interest, passion and desire as part of their daily working life.
As a ceramic teachers and artist, I have this joy. These teaching, communication and creating forces
moving forward, while challenging my skills, approach and artistic identity.
I would have to describe my work as eclectic. It is a combination of both throwing and hand forming.
My throwing focuses mainly on smaller, precious pieces - mugs, bowls, teapots that are highly decorated
and convey a sense of fun and utility. I am driven by colour - strong, bright colour or tonal blends. Traveling
through Central and South American for the past 15 years has intensified this 'colour lust'.
My second love is animals - lizards, possums, cats, birds and insects that inhabit my yard and studio are
constant sources of inspiration for creating both serious and comical pieces. I enjoy catching the essence
of the subject and then preserving its colour or shape.
My quiet passion and luxury is raku firing. Its challenge keeps me on my toes and close to the heart
(or was that heat) of the whole potting process.
I am an art educator, with over forty years of both teaching experience and involvement within
the ceramic field.
My teaching life commenced in 1968 when I left Broken Hill to attend Bathurst Teachers College. After
my first two
years of primary teaching in Eden a move was made to Wollongong where I wanted to learn
a language and study
ceramics. The language suffered, however the ceramics bloomed as I started a hobby
Wollongong West TAFE. In 1977 I resigned from teaching and moved over to England and Europe
traveling and working
Arnie, only to return to Australia in 1979 to resume teaching.
1985 was the definitive year when life's direction changed. I made a major decision to leave teaching, do the
ceramics diploma at St. George TAFE and take up a full time potting career. In 1990 three friends and
I bought a pottery business in Wollongong - The Pottery Place - which we developed into a gallery -
Art for Arts' Sake Gallery,
teaching centre and supplies outlet. Simultaneously, I worked at the
Inner City Clayworkers Gallery and started
part time teaching at Wollongong West TAFE. This was followed by six years teaching at Gymea Tafe.
Presently my life is as hectic as ever working for Red Point Artists, preparing for exhibitions, experimenting with clay and glass combinations, teaching workshops, doing workshops and generally squeezing as much into life as I can!