In 1863 French poet Charles Baudelaire wrote ...
“Genius, is no more than childhood recaptured at will.”
'“From as far back as I can remember I knew I needed to spend large chunks of my day building things with my hands. I loved play dough and Sculpey from a young age and remember building lines of teapots with strange ears and large teeth out of clay along the edge of a dam on my family’s farm. Summer days were stiflingly hot in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia so playing on the edge of the dam near water was a means to keep cool. The more I built things with my hands the more successful I became at it and so it guided me through my school days with the label the kid who was good at art. The rules surrounding numbers and words always seemed rigid and slightly illogical so I would gravitate to the art room at secondary school to a mindful environment where I lost track of time and where there was no wrong way to go about doing things.
After school I studied a production pottery Diploma at Perth TAFE College, followed by a Visual Arts Degree at Curtin University and Post Graduate Honours at the University of Tasmania. Art School for me was the most normal and liberating experience. Amongst like-minded creatives, it was a place where I was able to get lost in the act of making and where day-dreaming was seen as a fertile library of ideas and solutions.
Once I finished university I spent several years travelling to other parts of the world to work in Art Schools and artist studios to earn a living and refine my distinctive voice through clay. Later I returned to Beautiful Perth in Western Australia to raise a little family with my husband Richard and we launched a Clay Centre and International Visiting Artist Residency.
Everything changed the moment our first child, Heidi was born. My world literally transformed from shades of grey to sublime colour. Informed by the conversations and perspective shared by both of our children, I now spend my days telling their marvellous stories through clay. Sharing in their childhood has deeply influenced my art practice and helped us stay connected as a family in a world in constant flux. Heidi and Harry remind me that the most interesting stories unfold while we are busy waiting.”
Mosman Park, Western Australia