Colour. Pattern. Form
Much of my past work was a reflection of my carefree seaside upbringing in Golden Bay and also my now home, Motunau Beach. These were often aquatic themes but more recently colour dynamics with a fondness for bold pattern usage offset with simplicity of form are at the forefront. Design is instinctively woven through it. The journey is always changing direction. This keeps me artistically stimulated and hungry for more.
I employ various techniques coiling, slab rolling and the use of lesser known and revolutionary paper clay which I make into clay monoprints.
My paper clay mono print method:
It begins by using a flat plaster-of-Paris surface (approx 600mm by 450mm) as my ‘canvas’. With this I decorate it with coloured clay slips brushing, slip trailing and masking with paper stencils building up the desired final imagery. A mixture of liquid clay and toilet-paper pulp is blended together and applied on top of the coloured design to approx 5mm thick. Once some of the moisture of the clay has been absorbed by the plaster of Paris the entire clay image is peeled off like a piece of pastry to reveal the clay monoprint in reverse. This is finally assembled into simple forms such as bowls, wall tiles or vessels maximising the decorative surface design.
Who knows where the artistic path will take me next. I’m looking forward to seeing where it does.
Born in 1968. Residing at Motunau Beach, North Canterbury
I can never remember a time when art hasn’t entwined through my life’s path. From memories of making small pottery animals in my father’s studio in Golden Bay to starting a design course in my early twenties. Then joining a local pottery club in my thirties and being reacquainted with that marvellous medium clay once more.
I was born and raised in Golden Bay and lived in the idyllic seaside setting of Parapara. After finishing off my senior schooling in Nelson I moved to Christchurch where I completed a graphic design course at CPIT (Ara). My husband Kerry and I lived on a West Melton lifestyle property from which we operated a sign business. Then we had one of those ‘life changing’ moments buying up an empty and unappealing old grocery store and post office at Greta Valley in North Canterbury. We moved to our current home at nearby Motunau Beach to live and spent 18 months hands on, renovating and bringing the old shop up to spec. We finally opened the doors of our quirky Fossil Point café in 2016 to the public.
When I’m not in my art studio next door I’m often meeting and greeting customers in the café. Quiet time is usually down the beach being inspired by Mother Nature and picking up treasures. This feeds my soul.
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