I approach art seriously but with abandonment, trying not to think of what the sculpture will become. Starting with a lump of clay or even a geometric shape, a sphere or a block, I move forward until an idea forms that guides me the rest of the way. Sometimes the communication with the form stops and then so do I. Later I will recommence the journey and continue until it is done. I don’t force myself to go from point A to point B, instead letting the form evolve from coincidence. Working in clay is sometimes restricting but at the same time it is flexible.
Thank you to my teachers for knowledge and inspiration: Chris James: Australian Pottery, Northern Beaches Ceramics, Chris is a well known teacher and experienced potter currently teaching full time at the Northern Sydney Institute in Brookvale, NSW. Walter Auer: Walter Auer, Born in 1957 Campo Tures - Italy , Walter Auer studied Ceramics at the State Institute of Art, Faenza, Italy. Subsequently, he undertook further training in Turkey and Japan. Since his arrival in Sydney in 1997, he has exhibited regularly, most recently at Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries and Mura Clay Gallery. He teaches ceramics at Brookvale and Gymea TAFE. Paul Davis: Design and Art, Esteemed Australian ceramicist whose works are often inspired by the Japanese aesthetic. David Horton: BRAG, David holds a Master of Fine Art from the National Art School. Working almost exclusively in metal, he has won numerous prestigious prizes in Australian sculpture. Nina Matthewson: Art of Colour, Northern Beaches Ceramics, Nina is an artist and teacher in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Kim Grayson: Pottery in France, Kim is an English pottery teacher living and working in the south of France. Donna Hall: Simply d Ceramics, Donna is an enthusiastic ceramicist teaching in Brookvale. Willi Michalski: WM Ceramics, Ron's passion for ceramic sculpture was kindled by experienced Northern Beaches ceramicist Willi Michalski.
EDUCATION Northern Beaches Ceramics, Brookvale (Sydney), Australia
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (2 years)
Diploma of Ceramics (2 years)
Ceramics Foundation (1 year)
Open Studio (3 years)
Metal Sculpture - National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
Ceramics - Mosman Evening College, Sydney, Australia