I am fascinated by contrasts – hard/ soft, ephemeral/ permanent, transparent/ opaque, rough/ smooth. Porcelain is the perfect medium for my exploration of these opposites: it is malleable in its raw form, and very strong yet incredibly fragile after firing. It can be translucent or opaque, and when lit from behind it appears to glow with an inner life.
Living in beachside Sydney inspires my cloud and landscape works. I hand-build fine translucent porcelain vessels, marking them with soft blues and ochres that are evocative of sky, ocean and the eroded sandstone landscape. My intention is that these vessels will kindle a happy state of quiet, joyful calm in those who see or experience them.
Gillian was born in Zvishavane, a small rural town in Zimbabwe. She grew up immersed in the African bush, surrounded Shona sculpture and African art. Her schooling in Harare, Zimbabwe was followed by University in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1999, she emigrated to Sydney, Australia with her family. She left the corporate world a few years ago in pursuit of a life as an artist, studying both sculpture at the National Art School and ceramics at Northern Beaches TAFE.
Gillian’s work is available a the following galleries, or contact her directly: