Throughout a diverse range of professional careers my pre-occupation with 'making' has always found a place. Having spent an 18 year period as a Maritime Archaeologist, my works are heavily influenced by the cultures of the countries I have worked in, as well as the natural world, underwater and on land. I am drawn to the patinas of surfaces, of the used, worn everyday and decorative items of those cultures. The main motivation for using clay is the material's potential to form authentic objects. Its tactile nature experienced both in the making process and in its use is very attractive to me. My functional objects are organic and contemporary and designed to be held. The materials and finish are chosen to delight the touch and mimic the natural feel of stone. Unglazed porcelain and stains are used to create a tonal palette. My work attempts to connect both traditional and historic methods and aesthetics with contemporary culture.
ongoing Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Visual Art – Sculpture (Ceramics) CIT, WA
Distance Diploma – Ceramics, The Australian National University, Canberra.
Certificate IV in visual Arts & Contemporary Craft, The Kidogo Institute, WA.
Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology, Curtin University of Technology, WA.
Bachelor of Business, West Australian Institute of Technology
Time + Place: Australian Studio Ceramics, National selective joint exhibition. Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW.
Gift 2010, SODA Gallery, North Fremantle, WA
CAAWA selective joint exhibition, Gallery Adagio, Glebe, NSW
Gift 2009, SODA Gallery, North Fremantle, WA
Gift 2008, SODA Gallery, North Fremantle, WA
Things Called Art, Joint exhibition, Kidogo Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
Reflections, Student exhibition, Kidogo Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
2010 & 2011
Fremantle Art Centre Bazaar. 3 day art market in December.
SODA - Artist Run Initiative
Directorship and management of SODA (Sculptural Objects & Design Australia). Developing the SODA concept with the skills and vision of 4 successful artists. Activities included promoting & organising workshops, professional development courses, curating exhibitions, hosting, promoting and organising visiting artists.
Department of Culture and the Arts, Arts Flight Grant.
Australian Ceramics Triennale, Sydney, NSW
Presented a conference paper on our artist run initiative - SODA.
Assistant to Anne Neil (AhHa Designs) on the Baldivis School Project.
Part of a team to prepare designs on formwork for concrete panels.
Curatorial Roles - Maritime Archaeology
1997 - 2004
Assistant Director: Avondster Project, Sri Lanka Consultant to the Amsterdam Historical Museum
Field work: Galle Harbour, Sri Lanka.
1989 - 1994
Position with the Western Australian Maritime Museum,
Maritime Archaeological Department
1987 - 1989
Various grants through the Western Australian Maritime Museum
Field work: Thailand, China, South Australia, Sydney Harbour Tunnel Project. NSW.