Cathy Allen

Canyon Walks, 2022

5 × 26.5 × 28.5 cm
After many years of throwing Cathy has turned to hand building vessels leaving loose finger marks in the clay while creating her shapes & being inspired by sketches she does while bushwalking.

Her work is influenced by her love of nature and more recently childhood memories of bushwalking with her family & being taught how to read maps.

Her observations while walking are painted onto clay as if looking from above, each piece has Cathy's unique style with Strong, colourful & spontaneous gestural marks.
Cathy has been working with clay for over 10 years, in 2011 she received a Student Development award at Brookvale TAFE then graduated with a Diploma of Ceramics in 2012 & continues to do Open Studio at TAFE. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Port Hacking Potters Competition & each year she exhibits in the end of year Student Exhibition at TAFE & more recently in 2021 a group exhibition at Be Brave Gallery in Avalon & was a finalist in the Crackpot Gallery Cup Competition. Cathy loves sketching & it is these drawings & her love of maps & nature that is transposed onto her Ceramic pieces. Her work displays an energetic and spontaneous quality, although her current work is more decorative & involves hand building, she is also loves to use the wheel making functional pieces.
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