Robyn's Artist Statement
Robyn's Artist CV
I joined the Dalby Potters Group in 1986 where my love for clay was born. I completed a Certificate III in Ceramics at Kingaroy Tafe with Honours in 1989, after which I became the Tutor for Dalby Potters Group. In 1990 The Dalby Council commissioned the Potters Group in liaison with Kevin Grealy to complete a Monument (Past, Present and Future) which now stands in front of the Dalby Tourist Information centre.
I studied for a Bachelor of Visual Arts at USQ majoring in Ceramics & Textiles and then moved to the Sunshine Coast where I studied for a Diploma in Ceramics at Noosa Tafe after completing Certificate IV in Ceramics.
A two month trip to Africa in 2007 soon revived my passion for the visual and spiritual impact of art from Ancient and Contemporary Cultures. I travelled to China in 2008 and I was Artist in Residence at Sanbao Ceramic Institute and The Pottery Work Shop in Jingdezhen for three months and this did ultimately develop my thought processes and art forms. I focused on the professional development and the opportunity for exchange and networking through an Artist in Residency and workshop experiences in China.
In 2009 I spent 2 weeks in Korea to exhibit in the Gangjin International Ceramic Exhibit and we had 6 days of Workshops with many of South Koreas top Potters. After Korea I spent 6 weeks back at Sanbao in China and this has greatly influenced my work. I am fascinated with the luscious beauty of Chinese Celadon Glazes.
My love of carving advanced further in 2009 when I was invited to return to Korea after my stay in China to study for two weeks with Mooto Jeon, Seong-Keun, Korea’s top Porcelain carver.
I am committed to my arts practice. I’m an exhibiting and training artist and a teacher with 20 years of experience in clay. Incorporated contemporary ceramics skills and techniques provide a vehicle for current issues and imagery that concern me. My work focuses on social and cultural issues and acts as a document of my experience and skill.