I took lessons in my early 20’s, but as I was traveling and working as a photographer, it was hard to find the space and time to devote to pottery. It was only in my mid 40’s that I decided to dive in and learn the craft. In 2015 I began studying with master potter Phil Elson in Castlemaine.
I create functional wheel-thrown porcelain ceramics, bringing handcrafted beauty to everyday life. Objects bring ritual and honouring to our daily lives. It’s my relationship to objects that interests me: they take up space in our homes, but also cradle our memories and stories, reminding us of the important people and moments in our lives.
As functionality is at the core of my work, there are questions I ask myself. How does the cup feel when you bring it to your lips? Does it feel balanced? How will it look on the table? How do multiple pieces fit together, do they belong?
Time spent in the studio as a potter is about renewal: both in ideas and the practice of making. Throwing, trimming, glazing, firing and the considered appraisal of finished pieces allows me to see what I can improve and develop further. Working with porcelain clay is a test of the nerves at times. It is temperamental and requires a steadiness and resilience, but the rewards are many.
I make all my own glazes, and works are fired in the shed attached to my studio. I have a two burner gas kiln and fire in reduction atmosphere.
My studio/gallery is located in the small country town of Newstead, Victoria, Australia (10 minutes drive west of Castlemaine).
You are welcome to visit me at my studio, but please phone to make sure I am around: 0419 322 681
Studio and Gallery
6a Panmure Street
Newstead Vic 3462
You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook
PO Box 144
Newstead Vic 3462