I have always had a passion for texture and colour. When I began taking pottery classes in 2016 I soon realised that this casual hobby came with thousands of combinations of surface treatments, forms and firing techniques that resulted in endless textures and colours. I quickly spiralled down the Pinterest rabbit hole of glazing and firing techniques.
I spent the next four years taking classes and courses. I varied the instructors to gain as many insights as I could into the ceramic process. I covered wheel work, sculpture, glaze testing and crystalline firing.
In 2020 I enrolled in a TAFE Advanced Skill Set course in ceramics were I was introduced to advanced wheel work techniques, kiln firing and alternate firing (Raku), glaze manufacturing and testing. During this period I also began experimenting with different clay bodies and alternate firing methods including the pit firing and saggar firing techniques. I have fallen in love with the unpredictable nature of pit firing and the ethereal quality that the trapped smoke (carbon) and colorants provides.
I have recently created my own workshop, complete with glazing, kiln and pit firing facilities. I am looking forward to experimenting with alternative firing of sculptural works.
Awards & Nominations:
'The Pangolin' - Finalist - 2021 Stanthorpe Regional Art Prize