Beryl’s interest in working with clay did not develop until she moved to Phillip Island in 1991 with family grown up and time for herself. The earthy, hands on approach with clay appeals to her and begs to create. She likes to express emotions in her work and especially enjoys experimenting with oxides and slips for interesting finishes.
“I guess my love of Art goes back a long way, I started out as a painter and felt a strong creative urge at a young age. Life being what it is I did not get the opportunities early on to continue my studies in this area; I had to wait until my family were older. I also have a love of music and studied the piano, classical, from a young age. I also loved reading, and up to now have been interested in History, mythology and legends, of which I find I use in my work. I found my love of working with Clay about twenty years ago when I moved to Phillip Island. I started working and reading everything I could get my hands on about pottery and sculpture. I finally went to TAFE for a visual arts diploma and really found my place. Although I did not study ceramics I found sculpture with proportions, balance, and techniques, so agreeable to my work in clay. Each piece I make is different and follows a theme on what is interesting to me at the time. I really try to get emotion in my work, and to make the viewer feel something, either to laugh, cry or feel something. I have been lucky to find galleries who like and sell my work. Far East Gippsland has been very good for me; the beautiful forests and mild climate create a restful environment to work and study.”