Sue Scobie first started working with ceramics part-time at Hornsby TAFE Northern Sydney in the early 1990s. At the same time she was studying full time for a Master of Science (Ecotoxicology) at the University of Technology, Sydney. After returning to New Zealand, she pursued a full-time science-based career until the lure of ceramics got the better of her. After four years working part-time and studying, Sue completed a Diploma in Ceramic Art from the School of Art at Otago Polytechnic in November 2009.
Sue takes her inspiration from the colours, forms, sounds and textures of the land, sea and bush. Her work explores the tactile nature of unglazed surfaces and the subtlety of finishes which can be achieved without glaze. All of her work is hand-formed by pinching and coiling using combinations of porcelain and stoneware clays with the silky, translucent porcelain contrasting with the rough, gritty stoneware. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Amsterdam and on permanent exhibition in the Fu-Le International Ceramics Museum in China.
Carved pinched and coiled porcelain and stoneware, dimensions 14cm high x 10cm diameter
Pinched and coiled porcelain and stoneware, dimensions 11.5cm high x 13cm diameter
Pinched and coiled porcelain and stoneware, dimensions 13cm high x 13cm diameter
Water-etched, pinched and coiled porcelain and stoneware, dimensions 23cm high x 12cm diameter
Pinched and coiled porcelain and stoneware, dimensions 12.5cm high x 13cm diameter
Parker Gallery - 90 Achilles Avenue, Nelson, New Zealand - 03 539 4280