Gallery 121
121 Clear Creek Road,
Bathurst New South Wales
02 6337 6682

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Biography

 

Living and working in Central Western NSW.   Practising potter and calligrapher for the past 40 and 23 years respectively. In 2004  completed a Master of Arts (Visual and Performing Arts) through CSU, Wagga Wagga where the main emphasis of my studies was the presentation of calligraphic works on clay.

 

 

Artist Statement

Inextricably linked to the historical account of writing, inscription on clay boasts a lineage which reaches back to the very inception of writing.

Central to the aims and objectives of my work is the integrated use of clay and hand rendered letterforms. As a calligrapher I am interested in the particular aspects and qualities which govern calligraphy and sets calligraphic writing apart from other forms of visual text.  As a potter I am interested in using clay as the medium for writing, rather than more traditional and familiar surfaces, such as paper.  This, in itself, is quite a challenge as clay bodies vary enormously, and differing textures and qualities have a significant impact on both choice and implementation of scripts.

Calligraphic presentation utilizes time honoured ceramic techniques such as incising, carving, sgraffito and brush lettering. Surface treatments are approached in a number of ways, in order to fully maximize the impact of the lettering.  Pieces are polished to refine the surface of the clay and then either gilded, glazed or smoked.  The intuitive marks and colours of the smoke and resins from the wood are of particular interest to me.

The “writing”, or text, on my works constantly explores the theme that words have power and influence over the human spirit.  Words convey important and powerful messages which inspire, encourage, enthuse, nurture, stimulate and motivate.  The overriding challenge for me lies in presentation of a credible amalgam of calligraphic skills and clay working expertise.

 

Exhibitions

May, 2015

Art of Our Place  –  Bathurst Arts Trail Members Exhibition, Bathurst, NSW

February, 2015

In the Sun  –  t.arts Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

Sept – Nov 2013
furthermore ….  – Potters Needs Gallery, Oberon, NSW

May 2013
of earth and fire  – Nexus Gallery, Bellingen, NSW

July 2012
After the Fire  –  Jayes Gallery, Molong, NSW

April 2012
Connections  –  Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, Victoria

Sept – Nov. 2011
Sculpture Exhibition  –  Jayes Gallery, Molong, NSW

Oct – Nov. 2011
Sculpture in the Garden  –  Orange Highland Gardens, Nashdale, NSW

June – July 2011
Three Artists Exhibition  –  Little Bathurst Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

May – June 2011
Celebrate!  –  Potters’ Needs Gallery, Oberon, NSW

May 2011
Egg-sellence Easter Exhibition 
–  Fox’s Furniture and Woodwork Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

May 2011
On the Road of Home  –  Jayes Gallery, Molong, NSW

April 2010
Scratch the Surface
  –  Fox’s Furniture and Woodwork Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

Oct-Nov. 2009
Sculpture in the Garden
  –  Orange Highland Gardens, Nashdale, NSW

June 2009
Grenfell Art Gallery 
–  Grenfell, NSW

November 2008
Synchronous 
–  Japanese Cultural Centre, Cowra, NSW

Feb – March 2008
Beneath the Surface:
exploring an Oceanic Theme   –  Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW

February 2007
ClayGraphia 
–  Cowra Regional Gallery, Cowra, NSW

May 2006
Origins:
the point of time which anything begins  –  Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW

November 2005
Earthly Encounters  – 
Studio Ceramics of the Central West – An Orange Regional Gallery traveling exhibition

September 2004
Tablescape 
–  Leftbank Gallery, Canowindra, NSW – Central West Clayworkers Collective Group Exhibition

August 2004              
ClayGraphia
–  Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

May 2003                   
Bathurst Regional Gallery, Foyer Exhibition 
–  Central West Clayworkers Collective Group Exhibition

June 2003                  
Link Gallery Space
  –  TAFE, Mt. Panorama Campus, Bathurst, NSW

1976-1994
Numerous Group and Solo Exhibitions in North West and Central West New South Wales

 

 

Publications

Journal of Australian Ceramics 44/1, 2005
ClayGraphia

Journal of Australian Ceramics 46/1, 2007
Collaborations

Australia:Ligare Pty Ltd 2010, page 26
WordsWork: Calligraphy and Lettering Art of Australia and New Zealand 2009-2010

 

Education and Training

2004
Master of Arts
(Visual and Performing Arts) – Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga – Distance Mode. (Distinction)

1999
VET Initial Teaching And Learning – Bathurst College of TAFE

1990-1991
Certificate of Calligraphy – Grenfell College of TAFE

1988-1989
Certificate of Studio Ceramics
– Parkes College of TAFE

1979-1981
Australian Flying Arts School –
Kelvin Grove College, Brisbane

1973-1976
Ceramics Certificate
– Young College of TAFE