My family makes stuff! Paintings, clothes, houses, boats, sculptures, machines, jewellery, etc…
I grew up with access to all of the art materials you could possibly want, and the encouragement to use them. Painting, sewing, plaster craft and puppet making were all on the agenda.
Studying craft as a subject as part of my teaching degree introduced me to the joys of batik, leatherwork, and clay sculpture. Working with polymer clay and silk painting got thrown in somewhere.
Classes as an adult added wheel thrown pottery, silversmithing, felting and glass bead making. Where to stop? Maybe when my hands just don’t work any more.
My first love is clay sculpture. I make whimsical caricatures of the myriad of birds and animals living in our beautiful natural environment. Some pieces are quite realistic, whilst others are completely fanciful. None of them are terribly serious, and they exist to make people smile.
Working with glass comes a close second. When glass is melted and wound to create beads the minerals in the glass combine and react to make beautiful organic patterns. I use the beads to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. No two beads are ever exactly the same.
I work on mixing different mediums together to create contrasts in tactile aesthetics; clay with glass, felting with metal and glass pieces , and leather with ceramic features.
Why ‘Cadaghi Pottery’? Cadaghi trees (a type of gum tree) are extremely messy, and drop stuff everywhere. So do I. Enjoy!
To purchase this artisan’s work visit the Regional Art Gallery Gift Shoppe.