Tell us about your brand.
I'm a ceramic artist and designer and my studio is based in Marrickville. I work predominantly with porcelain. My signature tableware range, which uses Australian porcelain and cobalt, is both utilitarian and sculptural in form.
Where do you draw inspiration from in your work?
Inspiration in my work is drawn mainly from things, patterns, and textures found in nature.
The Sydney coastline is incredibly inspiring in my life and also in my ceramics. Moving from Brisbane to Sydney, a city right at the beach, was an incredible thing. I get into the ocean often. I try to go for a swim every day and love snorkelling at Gordons Bay. There’s always a big blue groper and some stingrays there that I like to spot. And I find the time just after swimming very inspiring and incredibly meditative.
My signature collection, made for the Opera House, is inspired by the coastline and Sydney Harbour. The geometry of my work is inspired by matrices that are found in nature like rock cuttings and different sculptural forms that you often find on the coastline. Hopefully, you can see the textures and patterns of the Sydney coastline reflected within my work. There’s just something magical about the coast.
You talked about the rock formations. How will we see those natural forms replicated in your work?
In the actual marbling of my work. You can see it’s made in that fluid motion of the movement of the sea. In terms of the faceted forms, it’s the cliff faces, it’s the rocks that scatter along the coast. All of those natural, flat, faceted forms that nature produces are reflected in my work.
Would you describe your work as uniquely Australian?
The blue and white colour combination is very iconically Australian, reflecting our white sand beaches and deep blue ocean. Also, every piece is handmade by an Australian maker, using Australian porcelain.