I was born in 1954 in Brisbane and have basically spent all of my life in Queensland, either in Brisbane or Townsville. Although I managed to gain tertiary qualifications in the biological sciences, I have followed an insistent fascination with art by studying at, and working for, the Brisbane Institute of Art, a non-profit, community arts organisation with which I still maintain a close connection. My current thinking and practice has benefited greatly from the continuous daily contact with practising artists, both as teachers and colleagues, afforded to me in this association.
I began working with clay in 1998, as a response to the discovery of the practice of ikebana, the Japanese art of simple sculptural arrangements using living plant material, in which the container (vase) holding the water for the arrangement is an important aspect of the harmony of the works.
I received my technical education in working with clay at the Southbank Institute in Brisbane, where I studied for three years in their Advanced Diploma of Ceramics course. Since my ‘graduating exhibition’ in 2005, I have set up a fully equipped studio at home, with a 4-burner gas kiln, and am enjoying exploring the medium and experimenting with different techniques, both in making and firing ceramic works.