I have been working with porcelain and stoneware for six years, first in a weekly porcelain class in the Inner-west of Sydney & then having crossed the globe, in Southwest London. When Covid hit my local pottery studio had to suddenly close its doors, but with the encouragement of friends and family I've set up a small studio at home! I continue my education through an Advanced Practice Course at RHACC.
My work is hand-built, then painted with slips and underglazes using thick brush strokes and splatters. Most pieces are then glazed in a transparent gloss which draws out the colours and contrast.
A bit of background
I draw on my studies in architecture and my previous work in surface design in the way I build and decorate clay. I use symbolism in my mark making, much of which is rural iconography drawn from the landscapes of North Western New South Wales that surrounded me as a child: fence posts, telegraph poles, waterholes and crosses. While I have spent my adult life in urban environments (Sydney, Dublin and London), my work always references nature and the countryside. These days I am lucky to live near Richmond Park - full of large open vistas vastly different to those where I grew up, but the wild expanse of the Park allows my mind to wander back to those wide brown plains and shimmering country roads.
I see it as priority to use the most sustainable solutions for my studio practice. I make in small batches and recycle all my clay waste. I share a small energy efficient kiln with a friend (Nabertherm 45/L Top), and use 100% renewable electricity. I use recycled packaging wherever possible.
My ceramic soap dishes are designed as a simple alternative to plastic soap pumps - a way of bringing functional art into the home while simultaneously reducing plastic waste!
For markets and exhibitions keep in touch on Instagram to see where I will be setting up next @fipbceramics
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