ARTIST Claire Atkins greets me at her South Golden Beach home studio with the namesakes of her ceramic artist business, dogs Pinky and Maurice, following hot on her heels down the driveway.
The "crazy" jack Russell pup, Pinky, and the "elderly gentleman", Maurice the dachshund, were the inspiration behind her business name, Pinky and Maurice, after Claire moved to the Northern Rivers from Sydney's Scotland Island with her husband and two children four years ago.
"I'd previously exhibited as a fibre artist and print maker in Sydney and when we moved here I finally had the space to set up my ceramic business," she said.
"The name Pinky and Maurice was a way to establish a new crafty alter-ego."
The crafty side of Claire is allowed free reign in her new custom-built ceramic studio where she creates her signature porcelain slipware that blends both function and art, with delicate cups, bowls and slip cast bottles, pebble-shaped beads and button brooches.
"My teachers were all heavily influenced by Japanese ceramic tradition and they taught me to be true to the material and to search for beauty."
Claire is one of eight local potters who will throw open the doors of their studios on August 17 and 18 for the inaugural "North Coast Mud Trail" with demonstrations, work for sale and the opportunity to throw a pot on the wheel or, in Claire's studio, a chance to decorate a bisque-fired porcelain bowl that will then be exhibited at Barebones Gallery in Bangalow.
For full details of the Mud Trail event visit: www.australianceramics.com/oscas
North Coast Mud Trail
- 10am - 4pm, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August 2013
- Be part of a national open studios event and visit eight studio potters across five locations.
- Get creative in a workshop, see practical demonstrations, listen to artists talks, or purchase an original piece of art.
- Studio entry is free and all artworks are for sale.
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