My journey into ceramics began with weekly classes at the Canberra Potters Society. I had waited for many years to begin classes as I wanted to make sure I could properly dedicate time to it. It was in these classes that we started to imprint different texture into the clay and I experimented with some old doilies made by my grandmothers . At this time my teacher, Cathy Franzi, bought in some porcelain for us to try out and as I don’t like glazing or the colours that were available, this was perfect for me. I will always be grateful to Cathy for her teaching and guidance. I still have my original doily imprinted vessels, they are thick and a bit clunky compared to thin refined walls of my vessels now.
Then I had an epiphany on my drive to class one day, I could instantly see in my minds’ eye a plinth with my imprinted vessels on it as the story came to me, Women of Influence, each different doily representing a different woman in my family who has influenced my creativity.
You can read more about these women in the Women of Influence section of Artworks.