I am very fortunate to live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with my loving husband and three chickens. My husband and I moved from Canberra five years ago, after resigning from our intense government jobs ( I was a performance auditor). I am now somewhat consumed by artistic endeavours. A complete life rewrite.
For me, creating is an elegant way of increasing awareness and generating connections. It’s about stopping and paying attention to detail. Which is why I encourage people to handle and touch my work. In this way it often surprises and interests people. Jewellery in particular, has a special way of attracting attention and starting conversations. It is an expression of not just the artist’s, but the wearer’s personality and attitude. It also has an amazing ability to influence the wearer’s mood. I love it when my customers tell me about the different people who stop to complement them in the street.
My artistic jewellery, intricate vessels and small sculptural pieces, are all inspired by precious objects and special moments. For me, creating is a beautiful way of recording life and increasing awareness. Through my art I continually strengthen connections to myself and the world around me. A lifelong journey of learning and discovery.
I draw much of my inspiration from gardens and the magnificent local landscapes. Flowers feature strongly in my work, as they allow me to explore amazing colour combinations. The textures of the Australian bushland and the movement and energy of the beaches, can also be seen in my pieces. Though continually evolving, I would describe my style as colourful, playful and highly detailed.
My medium of choice is polymer clay, a contemporary modelling material. The possibilities of this strong, light and flexible clay, continually excite and amaze me. I use a wide variety of techniques from different disciplines, including ceramics, glass art and cake decorating. Being a relatively new material, it is largely unknown in the fine art world. However, with new brands entering the market, and as skilled artists seek more versatility, this is slowly changing.
I first discovered polymer in 2013, though didn’t start fully exploring its potential until 2015. The more I experimented, the more I fell in love. Then in March 2017, I began selling my work in Montville. I have since been involved in a number of competitions and exhibitions, including the Ignition Awards for Ceramic Excellence on the Sunshine Coast, (where I received a Highly Commended), and Petite Pieces at Aspire Gallery. With a growing number of collectors, I now also sell my work directly.
I am mostly self taught, however I was very fortunate to complete a mokume gane masterclass with the late Tory Hughs. Tory was an internationally recognised pioneer in polymer clay, with over 30 years experience. She shared a wealth of knowledge and continues to influence my work. I have also completed an extensive single slice mokume program with Dan Cormier. Another internationally recognised and award winning polymer artist. A perfectionist in every way, Dan’s work in truely incredible.
I hope my work brings joy to those who experience it.
Polymer clay is a modelling material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and liquid plasticiser, rather than natural clay minerals. It can be sculpted, carved, stamped and textured, to create sculptures, mosaics, pictures, dolls, beautiful veneers and stunning jewellery. The possibilities continually amaze me.
Polymer clay is cured (permanently hardened) at temperatures between 110°C to 150°C. This temperature is significantly less than mineral clays, and allows me to use my home oven. My darling husband is frequently disappointed to discover that once again I’m pulling clay from the oven and not a cake.
The clay comes in a wide range of colours and special effects, such as metallic, stone, pearl, translucent and glow in the dark. I enjoy mixing my own colours and adding chalk pastels, mica powder and gold leaf. Sometimes I finish with gloss, or hand sand and buff the piece to achieve a smooth semi gloss finish.