"I have worked with clay for many years, initially as a thrower and maker of functional pottery pieces and am now exploring hand building and the use of body stains on a white clay body. As a teacher of art for primary school children I enjoyed introducing new generations of students to visual arts, and of course to clay. Now I concentrate on my own practice of the artform, and within specific themes.
Different types of houses have always fascinated me, particularly the older styles and those outside Australia. The closeness, ramshackleness and colourful Brazilian favelas, the terrace houses of the Cinque Terre and the canal houses crammed together along European waterways have all attracted my interest through the individuality of their owners’ use of colour and decoration.
Also of influence have been the Brighton Beach Boxes in Victoria - their expressive colours and variations engendering memories of beach holidays. There is a quality of line and colour which reminds me of Australian artist, the late Jeffrey Smart, whose work I very much admire.
I have sought to replicate the architectural lines, colours and storytelling of such houses and shacks through my clay.”
Saturday 26 May 2 pm - 4 pm