I’ve worked in many different studios, including as a student in the Gold and Silversmithing Department at Canberra School of Art.
In 1986 I set up my first studio at Gorman House Arts Centre in Canberra. I remember paying about $7 a week rent, which I found was not too difficult to manage when you’re a young emerging artist. In 1987 with the abundant energy that I had, I nominated for the Gorman House Committee of Management, I have always been keen on making a difference. The photo below was the paraphernalia that I distributed in hope of achieving success, I lost by 1 vote. As it turned out they employed me to work in the office instead. In the photo I am wearing three spectacular arm rings that I made from Perspex.
After my first solo exhibition in 1988 at Solander Gallery in Canberra I had a short break before re-establishing in my second studio back at Gorman House Arts Centre. You may have seen me at the Gorman House Arts Centre Markets where I braved the cold Canberra winters, however I still managed to keep a brave face.
In 1994, I left Canberra to return to Melbourne where I set up my studio in my lounge room in a small unit I let in Armadale. Following on I moved to Ashburton, and then down to Somers on the Mornington Peninsula. It was only when I purchased my first home at McCrae in 2013, that I have been able to re-open my studio to the public, as I did many years ago in Canberra at Gorman House Arts Centre.
I joined the Peninsula Studio Trail in 2013, and have opened my studio every year since. In my studio visitors can see an exhibition of my work and demonstrations of the techniques I use including cuttlefish casting and lamp working glass beads. As I’ve always said, I enjoy the opportunity to show people what I do, and how it is done.
My studio is always open to the public, so if you’re keen to see my work or buy directly, please click the contact button at the top of this page to arrange a time to visit.
These Champagne Drinking Vessels were featured on the invitation for my first solo show at Solander Gallery Canberra in 1988. Each vessel is made with 8 triangular pieces of black acrylic sheet cut filed and carefully glued together. These cups then sit in the blue base which are two pieces of blue acrylic sheet slotted together, each cup corresponds with a particular base. This and other pieces featured on this site are available as collectors items for sale.
This is my favourite teapot. It’s never been exhibited or put on public display. I remember the last minute nightmare that arrived as I struggled to finish it for my first solo show at Solander Gallery. It was late at night in my studio in Gorman House Arts Centre when I finally had to let go of the idea that it would not feature in the show. I was disappointed. But the show was still every bit the success. that it was. People described feeling happy, they smiled with the colour that would light up their day when they viewed the exhibition. Eventually the teapot was finished and sits quietly waiting its début in my cupboard keeping cool, waiting. But it’s hard for a teapot so graphic so fast so out there to wait. Look at me it cries look at my beautiful lines, at my elegance. I’m almost futuristic harking back to the futurist work of Italian artist Giacomo Balla. It is my quintessential teapot.
One of my first teapots made from acrylic sheet, size 12.5 cm x 22.5cm. This teapot is not designed with functionality in mind, it is first and foremost a work of decorative art, though it should be known that it pours beautifully.
This and the other acrylic pieces I am bringing to this blog, were produced for my first solo show at Solander Gallery Canberra in May 1988 titled ‘A New Perspective”. These images are from scanned slides and some have sustained damage over the years. I still have the majority of items in store and will endeavor to re photograph them as I find the time. Please feel welcome to contact me if you have any interest in purchasing any of these items or if you are curious to learn more about them.
This is a rather poor picture of my first studio at Gorman House Arts Centre in Canberra from 1986. You can see the Red Peace Bowl just below the vice and some pieces that never got to the finish line scattered around the walls. I was a tenant for 8 years at Gorman House Arts Centre. I had stalls at the Markets there in the last 2 years I was living in Canberra. It was a wonderful place to be creative.