Mangroves are a unique part of our coastal landscape and play an important part in our ecosystem, providing nesting sites for 100 of species of birds as well as protection for fish, crabs, oysters, sea sponges and many more.
The intricate mesh of their partly submerged root system is visually exciting providing interesting connections, textures and repetition of lines.
When I first set foot in Sydney, Australia in 1979 as a naive 22 year old from Bavaria, Germany, I was immediately drawn to its untouched National Parks and its pristine beaches. Calling the Gold Coast home for the last 34 years, overlooking the Surfers Paradise skyline and the ocean, the powerful combination of the ‘Green behind the Gold’ has always played a big part in my life. Almost 15 years ago I became a passionate Surfer and come summer or winter, you will find me on the beach. I am always on the lookout for collectible objects and one special day I found various interestingly shaped sponges and a bird’s nest. Truly experimental and unique, only a few of these special objects, made by Queensland, have survived to become precious and fragile ceramic mementos - just like nature itself!
What impressed me most on my ceramic study tour to China in 2008 were the ancient 3-legged ceramic and bronze cooking pots.
My not so ancient 3-legged pots are created using a combination of slip cast Barbie doll legs with
wheel thrown components, adding a whimsical and delicate touch to these creative ceramics relating to Chinese history.
This Lotus tableware is playing with a double meaning of the word Lotus !'Maybe not for the faint hearted!
The objective and the challenge which multi-skilled ceramic artist Michaela Kloeckner set herself with this installation was to take a hemispherical open form and change its physical state by fragmenting or altering it one hundred times without adding or taking away from
its mass, whilst retaining the appearance of an open vessel. By choosing a white, almost clinical and industrial finish the form itself and the positive and negative spaces are accentuated.
The shadow-play of the forms adds another dimension to the installation.
These works are inspired by the Gold Coast skyline. The artist's studio overlooks the skyline of the Gold Coast.
All works are made combining wheel thrown segments of Keane’s Porcelain Paper clay either at
a soft stage, which achieves a more fluid, organic form, or at a leather hard stage, which gives a tight, more controlled form.
The inside is glazed using either a white matt glaze, or various with oxides coloured matt glaze, fired to 1280 degrees stoneware in an oxidation atmosphere.
Some work is decorated using photographic images, Japanese tissue paper print, ceramic pencils and under glaze colours.