The process of working with clay is as enlivening to Kerry now as it was when she graduated with a degree in ceramics in the late 1980s. A true maker at heart, Kerry is happiest when her hands are busy, and sustaining a personal art practice, while working in education, facilitating public art projects and keeping a functioning farm ticking over has kept them very busy indeed!

For 30 years the surface of Kerry’s pots served as the canvas for her creative expression but when she eventually transitioned to painting on traditional canvas the evolution was natural. Her local landscape, fauna, and still-life paintings vibrate with colour and pattern, at times evoking the sensation of dappling light through swaying gums. 

There is a stillness and a gestural quality to Kerry’s ceramic work. Under her hand clay is sensitively formed into practical vessels to be used or to stand alone in their sculptural beauty. Her larger-scale project work can be found in many unique locations around Central Victoria: adorning bridge pylons in Bridgewater, atop a poppet head in Inglewood, cooling off at a splash park in Bendigo and greeting visitors in the atrium of the Kangaroo Flat library. 

Kerry runs regular ceramics workshops for groups of 6 or fewer out of the unique studio space she has crafted from recycled materials at her farm in Eastville. 

This is Kerry’s first time opening her studio for the Tiny Towns Arts Trail.

Make sure you don’t miss this special opportunity to view her artworks in the setting that inspired their creation.

Follow Kerry on Facebook and Instagram to find out about future ceramics workshops.

While you’re out that way, grab a coffee and a bite to eat at Eddy’s Garage before heading into Laanecoorie to visit Ruff Shuffler Creations to see the beautiful ceramic work of Robyn Smith-Clark