Strange fragments

June 2018
I used to write a blog called “Strange Fragments”, it was about life in the studio and everything else!  Being a human is a funny business as I’m sure Bob Marley would agree as it was a quote from one of his band members about the genius of Bob’s reggae music that inspired the title. So welcome to these strange fragments………

Creative Voyage-Crucible

2 day retreat in Maleny

Embrace your curiosity and join myself and Finnish artist (now living in Tasmania) Nanna Bayer for a luxurious weekend of creativity,  imagination and feasting in beautiful Maleny on the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Day One

Nanna Bayer will take us through her impressionistic nerikomi technique. The focus on this course is to learn to use coloured clay for hand building techniques. The emphasis is on playfulness in the making of patterns. It is a fun and addictive process.

Saturday night

We’ll all meet at my old farmhouse in Maleny for a  night of marvels, feasting, and music.

Day Two

I’ll will start with creative inspiration, getting your ideas to take flight through porcelain, drawing, colour, photography. You will learn techniques to bring drawing, pattern making, colour and texture to clay and make an exquisite porcelain teabowl of your own to take home.

Designed as creative boost for artists in any field, germinate your ideas with a day in Maleny and an intense burst of inspiration.

A crucible   is a ceramic or metal container in which elements can be interacting and changing into something new.

Join me   in a workshop this October for a creative crucible, interacting with artists, finding inspiration and emerging changed and energized.

Highlights include:

  • Day One workshop with Nanna Bayer exploring colouring porcelain and creating nerikomi patterns.
  • Marvellous feast with music, laughter and storytelling at my house on Saturday night.
  • Day two workshop with me exploring creativity ceramic surface techniques, drawing, mark making, creating your own porcelain bowl.
  • Homemade morning and afternoon teas with leaf tea, fresh coffee and juices (in handmade pots of course!)
  • All materials included
  • Only 16 places available
Creative Voyage Crucible-

If you can’t make it for the whole weekend workshop come along the the Crucible Dinner on Saturday night. We’ll meet at my old farmhouse in the small town of Maleny for a magical night of feasting, live music and performance.

  • A night of crazy festivities with food, live music, tall tales and handmade pots.
  • 3 course dinner (vegetarian and gluten free welcome)
I’ve been in the studio making new work for “Entwine” an exhibition with Sunshine Coast artist Farley Cameron, view for info.  I designed this collection to play on the idea of patterned china. I wanted to bring it into the 21st century, with realistic drawings of the wallum.


from 10am Friday 15th of June to 7 July 2018


Art Nuvo Gallery
25 Gloucester Rd
Buderim, QLD
Come and see Pearlie and I  at the Vieille Branche Midwinter Market in in Brisbane.  The Vieille Branche Market Day is the most poetic, magical, charming, beautiful markets in the world.

Vieille Branche
10 Fox St, Albion Brisbane Australia 4010
(07) 3862 1840

Saturday 14th July

Online Classes

For the past five years I’ve been on the Board of  this fantastic organisation called The Australian Ceramics Association. I was President for four years and it was such an honour, the people I met and worked with have been a source of friendship and inspiration.
For the past year I’ve been involved in our big new project, theAustralian Ceramics Masterclasses.  These online masterclasses take you right into four Australian artist’s studios and over the three week course the teachers will walk you through their amazing techniques.

This is a project that is so close to my heart as it opens up the world of classes for those in rural and remote studios  and for those who can’t get out to attend classes. (new  mothers I’m thinking of you! xx)

Have a look online and

Find me at……….


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