Belly Fire Pottery
I call myself a clay artist, preferring that phrase to the more formal term “ceramicist” although I would hope that shouldn’t blind the the viewer of my work to the craftsmanship and professionalism I bring to my work. I have not been formally trained but have a passion to explore historical techniques and traditional glazes.
I take my inspiration from the forms and textures of natural, found object then set out to find ways to express these qualities in my clay creations. Every day I go out into my garden or down to the beach to find timber, coral, sea forms, or whatever comes my way, and take it home to work from or, indeed, with.
The resulting clay pieces are sinuous, organic-looking, tactile, and sometimes whimsical.
There are teapots that I have produced with huge ceramic loops for handles, spoons that are oversized or look like fish, fig-shaped vases, large sculptures of coral forms, unusual bowl shapes based on turtle bones found on my many walks along Bargara Beach. I am extremely influenced by the light and shadows that stream into my studio which quite often add to creative inspiration. I often reflect on past forms and return again and again to play with them in my work.
Over time, the whole studio and gallery have become both a creation and interpretation of the world I am surrounded by. The studio and gallery are filled with not only my pottery but also furniture and art installations made from discarded materials regarded by most to be long past there use by date.
Mixed in with these local finds and creations are reminders of my travels to different parts of Australia. I have created a series of works I call my “OKA” range these were based on the flight over central Australia and area I lived as a child, a place I recall where the soil and dust storms of the desert would totally alter the landscape in a moment, I call it my “heartland” the sand blown red colour of the earth, with the parched and cracked soils of a land waiting silently for the first drink bought by rare rains.