Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Navigate Up
Sign In

Quick Launch

 
 
 
 


 

 ​​​

MAYO Arts Festival and Gallery
 
Three dimensional art including sculpture, jewellery, glass and ceramics featuring the following artists:
 
Friday 30 May, 6:30 to 9:00pm MAYO Arts Festival and Gallery Opening Night - Tickets $40pp
Saturday 31 May, 12:00pm – 6:00pm (FREE ENTRY)
 
 
 
For enquires regarding previewing the gallery work please contact:
 
Lisa Smith: lsmith@stmargarets.qld.edu.au or Jenny Lishman: jlishman@stmargarets.qld.edu.au
Phone: + 61 7 3862 0777
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The MAYO Arts Festival is proud to introduce the following sculptors featured in our Gallery. Each of these prominent Australian artists enjoys a high profile both nationally and internationally.  
 
 
 
 Alick Sweet
Barbara Heath
Ben Somerville
Bruce Reynolds
Carly Kotynski 
Donna Marcus
Ellie Anderson
Holloway Eyewear
Jane James
Judy Watson 
Karl de Waal
Laurie Nilsen
Liam Hardy 
Maningrida Arts and Culture
Michael Eather
Pamela See
Scott Redford
Stephen Hart
   
 
Alick Sweet ​tn_Alick Sweet Imagesfor website.jpg
Alick is a Brisbane-based artist who has won several major awards for painting, sculpture and drawing, with works included in private and public collections in Australia and overseas. Alick works in a variety of materials but maintains a fascination with wood and paint. Timber, stone, steel, bronze and paint are used to create free-standing objects, wall reliefs and installations. Within the installation process, the compositions grow and become site-specific, where the realms of sculpture, drawing, painting, design and carpentry cohabit and converge. This method of working allows the artist's keen interest in construction and composition to develop. Colour adds a dramatic element to the work and helps amplify the dynamics of the form. Colour sometimes occurs incidentally, through the addition of component parts, or by the applications of paint.
 
Barbara Heath tn_heath.jpg
Barbara will show her collection of extraordinary new objects, inspired by the lost art of the tinsmith. Rediscovering the simple skills of tinsmithing, of bending, folding and tinning, Barbara has made striking candlesticks. She has also created Hausgeisters and Hanging Crowns - magical protective objects for the home or garden - as well as a Japanese-inspired rain chain, a downpipe substitute that creates a water feature from roof run-off. With their sophisticated rusticity, and redolent with history, these beautiful objects will enhance the interior or exterior of any home. "New tricks from old trades" is how Barbara describes this new work. Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance offers an opportunity to rediscover our past and see how it has inspired an artist to take a new direction. 
 
Ben Somerville tn_bensome.png
Ben is based in Brisbane; however, after growing up in Western Queensland, he still considers himself a "country person". The several years he spent living in the Northern Territory strengthened Ben's childhood connection to the Australian landscape and its inhabitants. He reuses found materials meaningful to Australian cultural heritage - such as weathered corrugated iron, old hardwood fence post, tin and old chemical drums - to create sculptural works inspired by native Australian wildlife. Ben's assemblage style sculpture was first exhibited in Darwin in 1997. As well as his ongoing exhibitions, Ben specialised in on-site commissions. 
 
Bruce Reynoldstn_bren.jpg
Bruce is an Australian-based artist who grew up in Canberra, studied in Melbourne and lectures at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane. His practice is generally based on re​sponses to teh reuse of urban materials and is represented in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Brisbane, Artbank, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland Art Museums and regional art galleries. Last year he was awarded grants by the Australia Council and Arts Queensland. He recently made trips to Northern China and Bangladesh to pursue an interest in the historic migration of ideas and forms associated with lapis lazuli, linking Europe and Asia and was also awarded a studio in 2013 at the British School in Rome where his focus was relief sculpture and photography. 
 
Carly Kotynski 
Carly is a sculpture and installation artist based in Brisbane. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art, Carly has an extensive exhibition profile and has been selected a finalist in numerous prestigious awards. Her works feature in many public and private collections with permanent and temporary public art installations throughout Queensland and Victoria. Carly's graceful sculptural forms are poetic allusions to the natural world and resonate its beauty, strength and fragility. Inspired by the interconnectedness of all living things, her artworks feature botanical and nautical motifs and the crossing over of each. Her intricate hand-woven pieces evolve slowly and demonstate a sensitivity to the delicate balance of life, combining qualities of resilience with a sense of loss. Careful use of light casts delicate shadows that become extensions of the forms and adds a deeper metaphysical component to the aesthetic to evoke metaphors of vulnerability. 
 
Carly Scoufos 
​An emerging contemporary artist, Carly studied at the Santa Rose Junior College in California, before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Upon graduation, Carly was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery's 2008 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship and exhibited in QAG's Watermall Cafe as part of the Starter Space program. In 2009, following the receipt of the Siganto Travel Scholarship, Carly undertook a studio exhibition, ​Seam. Since then, she has exhibited regularly and completed a number of corporate and public commissions both in Australia and overseas. These include a foyer installation for Aecom Brisbane offices, a four-storey hand-woven sculpture for Phoenix City Beijing, China and a suspended artwork for the entry of a new residential and commercial high-rise in Hong Kong. Carly has recently completed weaving and installing two large sculptures for the foyer of the Infinity Tower in Brisbane. During 2013, Carly made and exhibited a new body of sculptural and video work as a result of receiving an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant. 
 
Donna Marcus 
Donna is an Australian artist best known for her use of vast collections of discarded aluminium kitchenware. Constructed from discarded kitchen utensils - plastic and aluminium teapots, lids, jelly moulds, steamers, colanders, egg poaches and bottle tops - her sculptures draw viewers into a world of kitchens both remembered and imagined. Donna is engaged by the stories evoked by these objects, and by the familiarity they engender in many viewers. Their original uses in post-war kitchens are recalled and extended by the process of assemblage, as they are combined into the repetitive forms of modernist grids and spheres. The materials themselves generate another layer of reference, and further extend the modernist impulse to regularity, repetition and dream. Her work has exhibited extensively in Australia and included in many national sculpture surveys. Recent large-scale permanent public art commissions include Steam 2006 (Brisbane), Delphinus 2009 (Saudi Arabia) and Trickle 2009 (Brisbane). In 2010 her temporary installation Re-entry was installed in Federation Square, Melbourne. 
 
Ellie Anderson 
Ella is a Brisbane based freelance illustrator, screen printer and tn_immortal_beastfor website.jpgfine artist. In 2012 Ellie graduated from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Ellie's studio practice uses drawing and printmaking to explore patterning and the natural environment. Her works fuse intricate patterns with flora and fauna to make ornamental designs, and she resources ideas and imagery from a cross-section of cultural influences. 
Holloway Eyewear  
Born from a musically-based partnership of Raffaele Persichetti and Martin Gordon Brown, Holloway is the incubation of ideas good for the planet and its many diverse people. Our footsteps, the heartbeat of our mind, synchronises unknown beginnings with the story of our unfolding world. Even walking gently, our existence on the path leaves behind a legacy. A sunken path through old terrain, worn down by the stories of the ancients, our discoveries and ambitions for the future - The Holloway
 
We locally admire and create essentials for life. World seasonal foods, boutique eyewear and custom watches to name a few. Holloway is the common place in Brisbane for radical applications of natural design to everyday life. Specialising in boutique manufacture, fresh homestyle world food cuisine, start-up branding and heated debates, Holloway is a sanctum for the thinkers. 
 
Jane James 
Currently living and working in Brisbane, Jane received her degree in Fine Art from the University of Tasmania. Jane has a lifelong involvement with the environment and conservation and is an exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists. Her recent work has centred around nests and bowers, and she held a solo exhibition in 2012 entitled Nest. With work held in private collections internationally, Jane has won many awards for her work both in Australia and overseas. She travels teaching Art, and tutors at the Queensland University of Technology. 
 
Judy Watson  
Judy wtn_jwatson1.jpgas born in Mundubbera, Queensland in 1959. She has lived in many parts of Australia and undertaken numerous overseas residencies. Watson represented Australia in the Venice Biennale in 1997, has been included in the Biennale of Sydney (2012), the Adelaide Biennale (2000, 1992), the first Asia Pacific Triennial (1993), and was a part of the major exhibition Perspecta in 1993. She has won numerous major awards, including the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award (2006), the 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award (2006), and the Moet and Chandon Fellowship (1995). Watson has undertaken residencies in Australia, New Zealand, India, Europe, America and Canada. Major exhibitions include TABOO at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Arte Indigena Contemporaneo en Australia at IVAM, Valendia d'Art Modern; and Making Change at the National Art Museum of China, Bejing. From 2003 to 2007, a major solo exhibtion of her work toured across Australia and Southeast Asia. In conjunction with Milani Gallery, Judy will present work from her written on the body exhibition for the MAYO Arts Festival gallery. 
 
Karl de Waal tn_dewaal_karl_for websiteThe Asylum Seeker.jpg.jpg
I like the tiny and the small, the lost and insignificant, the remnants and the obsolete.
I love the rawness of the forgotten, the misplaced the worthless.
Junk riding the edge of soon to be landfill.
In this society of bulimic consumption there is little regard for this ephemeral materiality and the histories they contain.
Within these objects are stories and tales, unique and diverse, forever lost to the state of flux which is life.
It is this material that fuels most of my practice.
Sometimes the material takes you down a particular path.
Sometimes you source material for particular ideas.
My work seeks to reconnect us with the transcendental quality of being human in all its sadness and beauty.
It’s delightful transience. It’s melancholy.
The objects hope to remind us of the tactile, of a sense of connectedness and community.
To remind us no one is an island.
The work is a celebration and a study of how fractured, disparate histories can be reunited and shaped to create new narratives and offer a multiplicity of interpretations.
These works do not push any particular barrow.
They are quite simply a sculptural response to the observations one makes from living in the madhouse of the 21 century.
An effort to try and make sense of the complexities of contemporary life.
I like the absurd and the meaningless.
Dada has always been a place of shelter for me. 
 
Laurie Nilsen  tn_lnilsen.jpg
Laurie trained in the graphic arts and uses drawing, painting and sculptural mediums, often featuring barbed wire as a medium encompassing cultural, political and environmental concerns. Although most of his work tackles issues that concern Aboriginal people, he recognises these concerns also affect non-Aboriginal people. Laurie was a foundation member of the Campire Group Artists in the early 1990s and currently works with the proppaNOW Collective. Laurie has been the recipient of numerous art awards including winning the 2007 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for 3D work. His work is held in numerous private and public collections, and he was one of the first "urban" Aboriginal artists to have work acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. 
 
Liam Hardytn_Liam Hardy image for wensite.jpg
Liam has enjoyed a dedicated career in sculpture for the past 19 years. He has completed major projects internationally and locally as well as many years working on feature film, creature and special effects. "I have a strong enthusiasm for giving tangible reality to emotion, ideas and thoughts through sculpture”. Liam's passion lays in figurative bronze work, some examples can be viewed on his website www.sculptstudios.com.au.  Liam’s recent works in the Brisbane area include the St Margaret’s statue ‘Inspired to Fly’, and the Arthur Beetson memorial statue, situated at Suncorp Stadium. Most recently Liam was honored to be chosen to create the Mal Meninga memorial statue, which will be unveiled at Suncorp stadium on the eve of State of origin 2014. “I am drawn to sculpture that contains allegory and subtle layers of meaning within the composition of representational forms. Early in my career I studied the techniques of nineteenth-century sculptors to understand traditional methodology and how they would create meaning in their work, but now I have moved beyond being confined to a particular genre or medium for my sculpture”. 
"I am looking for a delicate hyper-reality to communicate my message.  The idea that urban objects and materials could be manipulated in impossible ways interests me, and that roles and expectations of an environment could be challenged in fantastical ways"

  

Maningrida Arts and Culture tn_artsandculture.jpg
Maningrida Arts and Culture, Northern Territory, is one of Australia's largest Aboriginal artists' co-operatives. Works in fibre from the Maningrida region are recognised nationally and internationally as some of the country's finest. The hand-woven fish traps are produced not only for markets in the wider economy but also for seasonable hunting and gathering and for highly specialised ceremonial purposes. Production is also enhanced by the availability of resources from different environments existing in the region. Maningrida fish traps were featured in the 2009 GoMA exhibition titled, Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art 
 
Michael Eather  tn_meather.jpg
Michael grew up and was educated in Tasmania. Following his graduation in 1983 from the University of Tasmania, he spent several years at the Indigenous community of Maningrida, which became the starting point for decades of inter-cultural artistic collaboration. Michael has exhibited his paintings and sculptures since 1986. His work is held in numerous public and private collections and he is represented by Heiser Gallery. Since 1993, Michael has also been Director of FireWorks Gallery. The stingray is a symbol used in many of the artist's works, taking both painterly and sculptural forms and constituting a metaphor for metaphysical journeys and destinations. In recent years, Michael has produced new fiberglass forms with highly polished automotive paints and pearlescent finishes. 
 
Scott Redford 
Scott is a Gold Coast-based artist renowned for his ironic interpretations of his hometown. His practice simultaneously subverts and champions mainstream popular culture. Born in 1962, Redford inherited the pop art of Andy Warhol and the regionalism crisis of Australian modernism, resulting in a localised yet universal approach to the vernacular. Redford's work is represented in major Australian collections including the National Gallery of Victoria and the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in Europe and Southeast Asia. The Gold Coast is drenched in an urban mix of pop culture and decadence. My Beautiful Polar Bear series of high-gloss, ceramic polar bear sculptures, captures the artifice and excessiveness of the city. The polar bear is a star attraction at one of the theme parks that litter the city. Its unnatural existence in a spurious and even absurb setting mirrors the plastic culture that the Gold Coast is famous for. My Beautiful Polar Bear, an aesthetically pleasing yet frivolous object, throws an ironic glance at one fo Australia's most infamous tourist towns. 
 
Stephen Hart  tn_shart.jpg
Stephen is a Brisbane-based artist who has contributed to a number of solo and group exhibitions, including with the Museum of Brisbane, Jan Manton Art, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum and Gallery 482. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Woollahra Sculpture Prize, Sydney. In reference to his work, Stephen says: "As an urban dweller the physical evidence of what the mind of man has projected on the natural landscape surrounds me daily. The human consciousness wherever it may be taking us, is reflected in the ever-changing cityscape. It is in this landscape of the mind that I see infinite possibilities to imagine new sculpture." 
​ tn_NZ 014.jpg
We are  excited to announce the involvement of a number of prominent contemporary jewellers who will exhibit limited edition pieces in this year’s MAYO Arts Festival Gallery. 
  
 
 
Alice Yeung
Anna Leyshon
Ari Athans
Barbara Heath
Carolyn Barker
Clare Poppi
Kate Warby
Leigh Wagner
 
 
Alice Yeungtn_Belle Epoque Grande SOCIAL.jpg
The first indication of her passion was when Alice won a fashion design competition at school. Since then she knew that she would become a fashion designer or a designer of some description. She has always had a keen eye for microscopic details and likes to celebrate details that would other be thought of mundane. This can be seen through her jewellery designs as well as photography. She was sent to a boarding school at age 12, which has definitely contributed to her independence and influenced her to produce creations that embrace the co-existence of femininity and strength. She would like to think that the jewellery that she creates empowers the wearer. At school Alice had a keen interest in Art but also did well in Science. One evening appeared on TV was an interview of Marc Newson, an internationally acclaimed Industrial Designer. That that's when she was inspired to study Industrial Design, which is precisely a blend of Art and Science. She wanted to create fun and intuitive products that people can't wait to use, rather than being solely utilitarian. During her university years she worked as an assistant Graphic Designer, this is when she explored colours and shapes. After graduation she worked as an Industrial Designer at a Design Consultancy and Plastic Injection Moulding Firm. It was at this firm that Alice witnessed products being moulded in plastic before her eyes! This fascinated her but this also made her appreciate handcrafted products where each and every item is created with the utmost attention. She also did a stint at a Furniture Manufacturer and worked alongside celebrated Australian Furniture Designer Charles Wilson. She gained invaluable experience and insight into the mass production of high-end furniture in both the Shanghai and Sydney factory.

ROCK & GOLD PHILOSOPHY
Rock & Gold endeavours to delight with what may at first glance appear to be peculiar and incongruous. Our designs are tailored for modern day women and men who value quality, uniqueness, simplicity and sophistication. Alice has resided in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney and is currently living in sunny Brisbane. Her designs are influenced by the cosmopolitan nature of these cities, though Alice is drawn to the Japanese style of simplicity and sophistication with a twist – designs that don’t shout but are quietly good looking. Rock & Gold handcraft each individual piece lovingly with a blend of cutting-edge technology. Our goal is to create designs that will last and can be admired for generations to come. Rock & Gold does not boast to use recyclable materials as a gimmick but rather creates designs that are non-disposable, which means the wearer can form a deeper long-term connection with the objects, ultimately proving better for the environment and the soul.
 
  
 
Anna Leyshontn_NZ 014.jpg
Anna is a practicing Architect and jewellery designer. She began silver smithing in 2006 and works mainly in silver, which she mixes with semi precious gemstones and other textural natural pieces.  Anna designs and hand makes her own silver pieces from scratch.  Anna has lived and worked in Japan, India, London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Brisbane.  She is married and has two young daughters.  She has a Bachelor of Design Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Queensland and balances her jewellery design and manufacture with small architectural projects and family life.  Her current ambition is to extend her abilities to all facets of jewellery making.
 
 
 
Ari Athans
A contemporary jeweller, Ari opened her gallery workshop in 2004 after 12 years of exhibiting and selling her jewellery nationally and internationally. Ari Jewellery is located in the heart of New Farm on bustling Brunswick Street. Ari works primarily with stone and precious metal with a strong preference for unusual gemstone cuts and raw geologic samples such as basalt, rough diamonds, emerald crystals, rounded natural coral, quartz crystals, serpentine, hematite and black tourmaline. She sources her stones from around the world and locally through gem fairs, and likens this process to fossicking. Her inspiration combines geology, fashion, graphic design and her Greek heritage.. Her minimalist approach to design enhances the raw geologic samples and gemstones in each piece and reflects the randomness and order that occurs in crystal growth. She best describes her work as devastatingly simple with a post-modern twist.
 
 
Barbara Heath
Whether commissioned or Bh brand jewellery, major public artwork or bespoke architectural design, Barbara describes her distinctive approach to creating contemporary objects as imbued with histories, narratives, and symbolism. With a national and international exhibiting career spanning over 30 years demonstrating her skills as an artist, jeweller and designer, Barbara has practised in Brisbane for more than two decades and is represented in numerous public collections. Barbara describes her studio practice as "Jeweller to the Lost", a title that hints at the intimate collaborative nature of making meaningful objects that articulate personal stories at a human scale. Barbara says: "I work in a medium that is both precious and symbolic, in effect a sign language carried on the body; expressing style, wit, humour and sometimes our deepest emotion."​
 
Carolyn Barker
Carolyn uses Japanese and European metal smithing techniques to create elegant treasures in colours rarely seen in western jewellery. Silver and gold are combined with the Japanese alloys ‘shakudo’  (copper and gold) and ‘shibuichi‘(copper and silver). Her work is embedded in the Australian landscape and emphasises Australian and reclaimed materials. Carolyn’s work for MAYO Arts Festival 2014 features brooches, pendants and earrings, bringing an eye-catching palette of greys to fit wonderfully with warm winter wardrobes.
 
 
Clare Poppi
Clare is an artist living and worktn_Clare poppi Image for website.jpging in Brisbane. After achieving First Class Honours in her Fine Art degree, she received an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and has continued to make art, establishing a studio space with three other jewellers. In 2013, Clare was awarded a Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship to travel to San Francisco and undertake a mentorship in eco-jewellery. Her primary practice is in jewellery and metal-smithing, focusing on sustainable design and wearable art. Her pieces ranges from jewellery growing live grass to nature-inspired designs using recycled metals and bio-degradable components. Clare arrives at her designs by experimenting with placement and juxtaposition, and using her sense of materiality to determine a resolved piece. However, this spontaneous approach is always tempered with a strict adherence to sustainable and ethical work practices, including environmentally conscious studio techniques and Cradle-to-Cradle design practices. 
 
Leigh Wagner
Atn_Liegh wagner image for website.jpg practitioner with diverse interests and skills, Leigh’s work of the past 30 years spans the disciplines of Fine Art, Contemporary Jewellery and Digital Image making methods. Each of these disciplines informs the others. On one hand, reflecting a love of the minutia of domesticity and on the other, a concern for the future wellbeing of our world, Leigh’s work interrogates our attitudes, habits, histories and future prospects. 
Leigh’s love of colour and environmental awareness has seen her gravitate towards the use of discarded plastics and other repurposed materials in the making of her contemporary art jewellery. Often engineered to be fully reversible, they are miniature abstracts, composed with a painter’s sensibilities. Complex, scrolling, lacy and lattice style motifs are also a theme in her current body of jewellery work. Some of these designs hint at other cultures, whilst others echo the feel of the timber fretwork common in the old Queenslander houses prevalent in her neighbourhood. These motifs, combined with her preoccupation with colour, make for some highly decorative pieces.
 
Kate Warby
Kate was born into a family of artists - her sisters and grandmother are painters, her brother is an ornamental blacksmith, and her mother, Anne Everingham is also a well-known jeweller. This environment has played a formative influence on her creativity. Established in 2009, Kate Warby Designs has quickly established a following in Southeast Queensland, producing a veritable treasure chest overflowing with resin, semi-precious stones such as coral, jade and turquoise, carved bones and stone, glass and crystals and other costume beads. It may be a colour or shape in these raw materials that form the beginning of a piece of jewellery and influence her final design. Handmade and individual, Kate's designs are a refreshing antidote to mass-produced costume jewellery.
 
 
For the third time, the MAYO Arts Festival is proud to include glasswork and ceramics as part of its Gallery.
 
 
 
 
 
Ann O'Connor
Anne Mossman
Clairy Laurence
Julie Shepherd
Kylie Johnston
Megan Campbell
Peter Biddulph
Sophie Munns
 
 
Ann O'Connortn_Birds on a Spiral for website2.jpg
Mt Glorious, the rainforest area where artist Ann lives, is one of the main inspirations for her work. Her pieces are hand-built from midfire white clay using coil and slab methods, then hand-carved from drawings Ann has created herself. Some pots can take several days to build and 50 hours to carve. Glaze and lustres are sometimes used, but mainly the clay is polished before and after firing with many grades of fine aluminium oxide paper, and sealed so it can be easily kept clean. Ann says: "I hope to convey the feeling of being close to nature and its beauty, and trust this will awake the viewer's experiences or entice them to seek these experiences themselves."
 
Anne Mossman tn_Through the Landscape 9for website.jpg
Anne is a ceramic artist practising in a studio in the hinterland of Currumbin on the Gold Coast, where she has also developed a large garden that inspires her visual interests. She retired from a corporate, Sydney-based career to take up a Fine Arts Diploma in Ceramics at the Australian National University with High Distinction in 2007. Since that time, she has exhibited widely with success regionally and nationally. Anne creates collections of polished porcelain vessels, imbued with the textures, shapes and colours of her inherited and landscaped surroundings. Most of the vessels are slip cast to provide the necessary thin and even walls for the lace-like carving and myriad piercings. The coloured vessels are similarly slip cast but with the slivers of patterns and organic coloured shapes being placed in the mould before the slip casting process.
 
 
Clairy Laurencetn_pinklady.jpg
Clairy Laurence, completed her apprenticeship in pottery 1985 certificate in studio ceramics 1990, certificate in art therapy, 2007.  Clairy owned and managed Amfora gallery Brisbane from 1991-2001 she currently works as freelance potter and ceramic artist from her studio in Brisbane.
 
 
Julie Shepherd 
Julie is a ceramic artist specialising in pierced and translucent porcelain. Designing and creating unique original artwork from her home studio in Capalaba, Southeast Queensland. She uses her fine porcelain artwork to express the fragility of the natural environment and human existence. The piercing was inspired from looking at electron microscope illustrations of the lacey structures within nature. Her porcelain artwork has become an expression of her femininity due to the strong linkage with traditional female textile crats. The process of piercing is very similar to using a needle while sewing. The outward appearance of the porcelain is of fragility; however, the work has immense inner strength.
 
Kylie Johnston tn_thumbs_img_3257[1].jpg
paper boat press is a boutique ceramic studio of Kylie Johnson in Brisbane, Australia.
During her study of Visual Arts and Film at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane (1990 – 1993) Kylie met a group of artists and potters and became part of the group known as Amfora. Here she rekindled her love of ceramics that was instilled by her parents and their involvement in the craft in the 1970s and 80s. Amfora held many group shows throughout its 12 year run, of which Kylie was a part of all. She decorated the vessels of Clairy Laurence and David Usher and formed lifelong bonds with them and others in the group. It was through these years that Kylie also self published three books of her poetry. distant shoes (1992), forty-eight minus one (1997) and the ivory birds (2000). The poetry book launches also coincided with solo exhibitions of her painting and collage work.
In 1996 Kylie set up her studio paper boat press, in its early stages creating a boutique greeting card range featuring her own whimsical one or two line poems. This has now grown to include ceramic ornaments, ceramic jewellery, original illustrations and functional ceramic vessels. Something always brings her back to words though. A hopeless romantic, Kylie has again put her own words on her work, but this time through her own hand built organic shaped works. Kylie’s work in all its varied forms sells in over 80 stores and gallery stores in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
In 2008 Murdoch Books (Sydney, Australia) published her first commercially published anthology count me the stars, a collection from the first three self-published books. With the success of count me the stars (now in reprint) Murdoch Books signed Kylie for a second collection, and a once courageous heart was released in March 2010. Still keeping space in her practice for new exhibition and collaborative work, Kylie continues to exhibit in group shows each year.
In 2011 a range of her poetry vessels as well as both books of poetry have been released with Anthropologie in the United States.
 
Megan Campbell 
Megan has spent many years working as a ceramicist and Art educator. She is particularly fascinated by the tactility of ceramics. The focus on remnants, stitching and a general notion of  the home have inspired this latest collection of bowls and platters. The process is intuitive rather than controlled. As well as being purposeful, the functional work aims to have a sense of nostalgia and visual balance. Furthermore, the symbolic nest creations and the tonal, crackled eggs are a long term feature of her work due to request.
 

Peter Biddulph
Peter is the recipient of a number of awards for his ceramics including a prestigious award from the Design Institute of Australia for an installation of large wheelthrown sculptures entitled, vol_Luminous. Fine resolution of both form and surface are qualities important to this contemporary ceramist and it is this attention to detail coupled with a unique design aesthetic and the development of original glazes that has led to invitations to exhibit internationally; this year in Australia, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom. His ceramics are in a number of collections worldwide and he has had work commissioned by the Premier's Department of Queensland. Current work is made from Australian Southern Ice porcelain, a worldclass porcelain renowned for its strength, whiteness and translucency. His studio practice enables him to create unique handmade work where variations in the composition of the porcelain body, sometimes mixed with oxide colorants, confer individuality and vitality to each piece.
 
 
Sophie Munnstn_munns.jpg
Sophie is a visual artist based in Brisbane, and is currently working a project titled, ​Homage to the Seed which explores Art, Seeds and Bio(cultural) diversity. Sophie says: "This series of hand-painted porcelain plates is a tribute to the critical importance of seeds and the global effort to sustain biologically diverse living systems." Each plate takes a single idea as a starting point: a seed, a pod, a motif or idea that symbolises the importance of each single thing in relationship to the whole.
Their value as a small artwork is in part as a celebration of life, yet also seves as a daily reminder that our daily choices - what we put on our plates, what we bring to the table and discuss - has the power to make or break a world in precarious tension between nature and human life.