Therese is a ceramic artist who has been experimenting, making and exhibiting for over 30 years. Born in the beautiful coastal city of Wollongong, school holidays were spent with family in their holiday house at Jervis Bay on the South Coast, NSW. There she was immersed in coastal life – fishing, prawning, surfing, sailing and beachcombing. The ocean and coastal environments are strong recurring themes in Therese’s work.

It was a natural progression to study Art after year 12. Therese completed her studies majoring in Ceramics and then gained work at pottery studios in Terrey Hills, Sydney before setting up her first studio in Dee Why, Sydney in 1983.

Coastal land-forms and ocean textures inspire her work. Forms are made before drawing, carving and impressing textures into the surface of the clay like it is her canvas.

Glazes are hand made and have been developed through testing to achieve unique finishes on the surface of the clay.

Therese aims to design and produce works that inspire people to connect with nature.

Some reoccurring themes in her work are;

  • Seagrass – lungs of the ocean.
  • Eucalypts – the giants of our forests.
  • Coral- awareness of bleaching due to global warming.
  • Wetlands – layers of life
  • Lomandra and Australian wildflowers – our unique awe inspiring flora.

Every piece is individually handmade by Therese.

Ceramics are all made by hand in my Wollongong studio

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land I work, Dharawal. I pay my respects to the elders past, present and future.