My work includes functional ceramics inspired by architecture and the urban environment and the natural environment of Mt Cooper in Bundoora Park (15 kilometres north of Melbourne). Mt Cooper and the traditional home of the Wurundjeri people and is the inspiration for the name of my pottery; Mt Cooper Pottery
Time spent in the park (especially over the last year) with the incredible textures of redgum and eucalyptus trees and exposed volcanic rock has influenced the surfaces and choice of materials in my work. All works are layered with slips (liquid clay) and glazes that combine to create matt, glossy, opaque and transparent surfaces in the finished work.
Glazes often have a stone or marble like quality and are tactile. They can be smooth and silky or dry and reflect the material qualities of ceramics and the raw materials that make up the glaze. Some work includes ash from (sustainably sourced) redgum trees.
My current work in functional bowls, beakers, cups, platters and plates has been created from my interest and delight in getting together with groups of people over shared dishes of food. This interest grew during my time living in the middle east where large platters of food were associated with many types of celebrations enjoyed by of new friends and acquaintances from all over the world.
Some of the forms are linked to Arabic style cooking vessels and often highlights edges and angles and focuses on rims to frame the food and beverages they are designed to hold. It has been exciting for me to see this work embraced by chefs here and overseas, food stylists and valued customers. Many of the pieces are designed to work together enabling the collector to express their own creativity by combining the unique pieces they collect together in their own home.