I know what shape I am. I am a square. I often try to be round, but I am uneasy with it. Round slips away from you easily. Squares are positive and strong, you know where you are with a square.
I have been working with architecture as my inspiration for many years. I am now focusing on the standing house and the wall. I find that each building or wall that one encounters, is imbedded with the lives of the people who inhabit them. I try to recreate this feeling in my walls.
I believe that there is no necessity to force change upon ones work. The joys and sorrows are impacted on our work as we live them, and are there for all the world to see.
The work is kiln formed at high temperatures and eased with heat into individually designed stainless steel moulds.
These walls and houses can stand alone but gain strength by being grouped together in twos, threes, fours.
One is born an artist. It is usually obvious from an early age. So I began drawing at three and became a potter long after.
I exhibited and studied ceramics and glass in Australia and overseas. I was a member of the Potters Society of Australia and exhibited ceramic sculpture widely. I taught weekend workshops in ceramics for the Arts Council of NSW flying to many country areas.
In 1981 I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Profession Art Studies at Alexander Mackie CAE. Sydney.
However, while working with ceramics I discovered glass and commenced my studies at the Glass Department at the Australian National Universiry School of Art. I travelled to USA after graduating with an Associate Diploma in glass in 1985, to study at Pilchuck International Glass School outside Seattle, and travelling in USA to all parts "glass".
I work and exhibit glass constantly, more it would seem, overseas. My work is kiln formed and sculptural. My inspiration is "the house" and all things architectural. I depict houses and large walls in glass, and I am teetering on the edge of combining glass and metal at this moment !
My work is in many private collections and Art Museums nationally and Internationally. To mention only three, Australian National Gallery Canberra; Kunstmuseum; Dusseldorf, Germany and the Corning Glass Museum, New York.
|2011:||Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2007:||Exhibition, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney|
|2007:||Glass Weekend 07, Wheaton Arts Centre - Millville, New Jersey|
|2007:||Studio Pieces, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2007:||Sabbias Stable, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney|
|2007:||Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Palette Contemporary Art Gallery - Alburquerque, New Mexico|
|2006:||The Australian Glass Show, Sandra Ainsley Gallery - Toronto, Canada|
|2006:||Birthday Exhibition, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney|
|2006:||Exhibition, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery - Pittsburg, Pensylvania|
|2006:||Exhibition, Palette Contemporary Art Gallery - Alburquerque, New Mexico|
|2006:||Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Palette Contemporary Art Gallery - Alburquerque, New Mexico|
|2006:||2 Materials, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2005:||Exhibition, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery - Canberra|
|2004:||Exhibition, Glass Pyramid Gallery - Budapest, Hungary|
|2006:||Commission, Skye Plaza Building, Woden, ACT. Glass Foyer Installation|
|2005:||Quick Response Grant, Assistance to publish Catalogue. Australia Council, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2004:||Quick Response Grant, artsACT, Freight for glass work to Exhibition in Budapest, Hungary.|
|2002:||Professional Development Grant, artsACT.|
|2001:||Commission, Private Collection, Geneva, Switzerland.|
|2001:||Commission, Kiddy and Partners, London, Glass Wall Tablet|
|2000:||Visual Arts Fellowship, artsACT.|
|2011:||P. Hely, Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2006:||Who's Who of Australian Women|
|2005:||D. Aitken, Inspired by Synchronicity, Craft Arts International, June Issue|
|2004:||Events and Reviews, Craft Arts International, Issue 61|
|2004:||Something Different, Craft Arts International, Issue 61|