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As a former Melbournian now residing in Hobart it was important to me to make a contribution to this place by being involved in the organising committee of The Australian Ceramics Triennale.
As a Ceramic Artist I work primarily in Porcelain making both functional ware and ‘Object’ works of Art, exploring human concerns of truth & humility and notions of stillness, silence and simplicity.
My connection with clay began at school, which fortuitously led to studying Ceramics at the National Art School under Colin Levy. I continued as a practicing studio potter for 20 years establishing studios in Sydney and Bawley Point, South Coast NSW.
In 2015 I returned to ceramics, establishing my new studio in Tasmania after completing a 20 year career in Place Management.
In September 2016 I volunteered to help organize The Australian Ceramics Triennale Tasmania 2019. As Chair I have focused on gaining support from key Tasmanian agencies and Local Councils to give delegates a very special Tasmanian ceramic experience.
My passion is fine craft, in particular thrown tableware and kitchenware. I am on the Triennale committee because I do so want to see a national, creative and inclusive ceramics gathering take place in gorgeous Tassie. We have this wonderful opportunity to put on an event that is a little “different” and that reflects who we are today.
I live on Tasmania’s North-West coast and currently run the Ceramics and Professional Practice program at TasTAFE, Devonport. I went to art school in England and worked in potteries in England, Canada and France before coming to Tasmania.
I’ve been playing with clay since 2009 when I made my first tentative steps into university education. Conceptually I’m interested in small stories at the periphery of bigger histories. Most of my work is site responsive, often very low fired or unfired, sometimes employing water or time as partners in disintegration. Having lived my whole life in Tasmania my work is intimately connected to my home state’s past, present and future. As a member of this Triennale committee I hope to provide professional practice experience to ceramic artists while helping clay enthusiasts engage with ceramics as a contemporary artistic medium.
Hi, I’m Dee -maker, writer, teacher, performer, rabble rouser and erstwhile gardener.
I joined the triennale team via a love of the ceramic arts, a quest for rigorous content representing a diversity of practice and the desire to hear new voices in our field.
I am curious about the role of a material-specific conference in this post-material post-post-modern (?) age but I also know that my favourite people are clay people. I am truly looking forward to being amongst you all again in 2019.