In 1997 I completed a 12 month course at TAFE gaining certificate I & II in Art practice. Encouraged by my teacher I continued with further studies, attending university SA from 1998-2000 and graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts- ceramics & glass. During my first year of study, high grades gained me an invitation to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour society and I was also included on the Deans merit list and Chancellors award list each of the 3 years of study. Upon graduation I was awarded the Harry P. Gill memorial medal for highest grade point average in the field of applied arts and design.
In 2001 I was selected to take part in the JamFactory’s two year design associate programme, which I completed in 2002. Remaining at the JamFactory for a further two years as a tenant I became the ceramic departments production thrower which continued until early 2011 when the production lines were discontinued.
During 2004 I set up my home based studio in Echunga, which is situated on the overlap of the Adelaide hills and Fleureau Peninsula, from where I work full time as a dedicated arts practitioner in my chosen field of ceramics.
The past few years have been dedicated mainly to developing a sustainable business through production work and establishing regular sales with Galleries and retail outlets. I am now looking forward to developing some of the budding ideas in my head to expand my exhibition portfolio.
I draw inspiration from colours, textures and patterns from within nature and the natural environment and from the effects that nature has on man made items. My work is also influenced by a long interest in Archaeology and Paleontology and the strata layers in which the remaining shards, remnants and artifacts have been encased. These influences have led me to speculate that, the death of a living organism- or demise of a culture- is not the end. Rather, it is the beginning of the removal of outer layers to reveal innermost secrets.
For me, these artifacts have become a part of the earth and gained an artistic beauty with the passing of time and effects of weathering, erosion and decay.
These beliefs, linked with my admiration of nature and its intricacies’, juxtapose within my work creating tensions between the order and structure of human civilization and the random effects of nature.