Melinda Solly Growing up with parents as Potters, I spent many hours watching them work, while playing with clay. I have always felt the need to create clay pieces. I studied at Latrobe University and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics. A practical way to apply my artistic skills! Currently I work as an Orthotist and am kept busy with a husband and 3 boys. Fragility was developed from the desire to create fine translucent porcelain. I am a self taught Ceramic Artist, through hours of trial and error along with accessing the boundless knowledge of my parents. I continue to push the boundaries of one of the most challenging and at times frustrating ceramic techniques. But I am attracted to the fine natural, organic shapes that I can create and fascinated by the transfer of light through my pieces to revealing the carved and embossed designs, and in the lattice pieces light transfers through and casts shadows. This fascination has directed me towards producing a range of light shades. In Partnership with my father, Geoff Giles, we have made some lamp stands, from recycled timber collected around the Surfcoast, these compliment the fine white porcelain shades. Finally, after 8 years of spending all my spare time working with porcelain, using various techniques to produce my delicate pieces, I am now happy to exhibit. My range consists of carved or decorated pieces, jewellery, tiles, lamps, and 2d framed porcelain sculptures.
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