Fay started potting many years ago when her youngest child was at pre-school so she has been potting for about 35 years on and off.
Fay started potting many years ago when her youngest child was at pre-school so she has been potting for about 35 years on and off. Things would happen in her life so she would have to stop for a while but Fay would always start again. Fay said potting is like riding a bike, some things would be forgotten, but come back with practice.
After her husband died she began a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree majoring in Ceramics at James Cook University in Townsville. Fay did it part time and would go to Townsville for 2 days running a week but it took 8 years doing it that way.
Looking back, Fay said she should have done it full time.
Fay has attended various workshops over the years and also tried, successfully, different glaze effects in her own studio. Potting is a continuous learning process, enough to keep a person going for a lifetime.
Her work is mostly domestic ware thrown on the wheel, but she also does hand built pots and sculptural work. She would like to do more Raku and pit firing.
The wonderful surprises that can emerge from these firings leaves Fay wanting to do more although the pots are really only to be looked at and enjoyed not used for any practical purpose.
Fay’s family got used to having late meals as she would keep on working while there was daylight. Thank goodness for television.
Fay said she will keep potting for a long time yet, as there is so much more to be achieved and the sense of fulfillment and wonder when you hold a piece of work you have created is very addictive. So here’s to more dirty work.