River’s Edge Ceramics
My journey with clay started in 2014, attending a foundational course in throwing and hand building at Canberra Potters Society with teacher Rick Beviss. In the following years I regularly attended courses, moving from beginners to more advanced, with teachers Chris Harford (glazing & throwing) and Cathy Franzi (majolica, lids and galleys, sgraffito, terra sigillata, raku). I continued to steadily hone my skills, regularly frequenting the member’s workshop, and gaining confidence to exhibit my work in the Canberra Potters member’s exhibitions. In 2019 I undertook a kiln course with Richilde Flavell and began firing my own work. I also attended workshops by visiting artists John Tuckwell (2018), Srinia Chowdhury (2018), and Anne Mossman (2020).
In June 2020 I successfully applied for a studio space at Canberra Potters Society. Studio 7 has facilitated an expansion of my practice as I focus on making work from coloured porcelain using the Japanese technique of nerikomi. Recently I held a successful market stands at the Canberra Potters Autumn & Winter Fairs (2021) where I gratefully received an enthusiastic response for the pieces I had made.
My studio is located in an inspiring natural setting in the ‘Bush Capital’ of Canberra. A lovely garden and deck overlook a wetland pond visited by ducks and native birds with a view up to Mt Majura. Visiting artists-in-residence live and work on-site and bring energy and inspiration as well as imparting knowledge.
Relocating from New Zealand to Canberra in 2013, my other creative pursuits include a career in landscape design since 2000; creating landscape designs for civic projects, lifestyle blocks, schools, garden shows and residential properties. I am also a poet with published poems in reputable journals such as Westerly, Cordite and Not Very Quiet and have performed readings in Canberra at Manning Clark House and Smiths Alternative.
What I Do
- Lovingly made one-off ceramics
- Inspired by landscapes and geology
- Coloured porcelain using the Japanese technique of nerikomi
- Bring joy & delight to everyday objects