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My pottery studio is tucked away in sunny Scarborough in Queensland. I love working with clay and I especially love the gorgeous crystalline glaze. I get a thrill every time I open my kiln as all the stunning variations are revealed... it's just like Christmas!

As an Australian ceramic artist whose ceramic career spans over 20 years, my passion has always been in surface effects.  I love exploring and experimenting in the limitless world of all the different glazes, particularly crystalline glazes.   
 
My ceramics career began in 1988 and was instigated by a life changing journey with my parents to visit a family friend... who just happens to be a master potter. When we arrived at his studio, he was just opening a kiln load of crystalline glazes ... and I knew this was what I wanted to do!

 In that moment, I decided that I wanted to become a ceramic artist and work with crystalline glazes.  

  I've been lucky as my work has been exhibited Australia wide in galleries such as Redhill Gallery (QLD), the Queensland Art Gallery Shop, The New England Regional Art Museum Shop (NSW) as well as others, and my pieces can be found in many private collections both nationally and internationally.            

My work focuses on simple and elegantly shaped forms (which I throw on a potters wheel) to showcase the beauty of different glazes.   My jewellery pieces stem from a love that each piece that I make is completely unique and like each of us... it's a form of expression and individuality.  

 
 The crystalline glaze is an extremely complex glaze which is reliant on a specific combination of powdered raw materials and specially controlled kiln firings.  They are one of the most expensive and complex glazes to master and a successful firing outcome is never guaranteed.  In fact, I'm still waiting for the elusive 100% successful firing.   


For me, the excitement of opening a kiln load of crystalline forms is one of life’s greatest thrills.  
Every crystal within the glaze is unique (formed during the cooling process within the kiln) and can never be repeated.  Crystal formation is random and while some pieces feature many crystals, others may only display one or two.

 
I would like to thank the Queensland Government for their financial assistance provided under the RADF Program for my 2018/19 project which is allowing me to experiment with different techniques combined with crystalline glazes.  

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.  
         

 
                                                       
 

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