Isaac’s work featured in Four Ways and A Series of Solos at MAKERS GALLERY in 2017.
Occupation: Potter / Arts worker.
Where did you grow up?
Born in Hobart, Tasmania. Grew up on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Where do you choose to work?
I’m based in Brisbane. I spend a majority of my time there, but also produce work at a friend’s studio – Quixotica, Cooroy. This is where the wood kilns that I fire in are located. In my Brisbane studio, I do a lot of the making and produce some of the non-wood fired work.
What area do you specialise in?
Wood firing is a passion for me and the works in this show are from different firings from over the past three years. My practice also encompasses the area of tableware production.
How long have you been in practice?
I have been earning a living from clay for about 12 years. My first certified clay course was in 1992 – Certificate I in Ceramics from TAFE, facilitated through my high school.
How did you get to where you are today?
TAFE: Advanced Dip. Southern Cross Uni BA Arts – Ceramics. Worked. Garden pot production 2004. Monte Lupo Production Manager for 11 years. Public arts projects. Workshops, conferencing.
What materials are your favourite to work with?
Handmade. My favorite tools to use are made by friends I have met and traded with. And, apply the same theory to the raw material clay. I like clay that someone has spent time with. Tweaking a commercially available clay or going prospecting and exploring new wild clays.
What do you enjoy most about working as an artist?
Job security…anything can happen in my life and I will still have this job. I can use art to explore this life’s journey.
What’s the best experience you’ve had as an artist?
My first international residency to Fuping, China with a collective of Australian and New Zealand artists. The residency holds strong in my memory because of the friendships made…how lasting they have become. At this point I realised the power of ceramics…how it can bridge cultures. The visual language of clay isn’t bound by language. With smiles and nods, clay can be taught.
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not busy with your work?
Fishing, boating…just being around the coast. I spend a lot of time with my dog. He’s a great motivator for getting out and seeing the world.
Do you have a particular goal you’d like to achieve in the next three years?
My dream is to open a production/teaching studio by the end of the year…just putting it out there.
You can find Isaac’s work under Past Exhibitions on the MAKERS GALLERY website.