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CLAY OF FIRES o+
CLAY OF FIRES o+ is a project by Georgia Bowker Dunn, a ceramicist, avant-garde mezzo soprano, stylist and designer based in Hobart, Tasmania. Born in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK, she spent her childhood first in Namibia and Cape Town, Africa, then Sydney and Hobart, Australia. She has travelled globally and has a particularly deep love of Japan and its ethos.
Throughout her life, Georgia has been driven by her creative impulse. She studied modern embroidery in Paris under Sandrine Doczakalski of Sonia Rykiel before completing a unit in fashion design at RMIT in Melbourne. Her unique design style became an integral part of her mezzo soprano performance career, utilising wearable, sculptural designs as part of an avant-garde, interdisciplinary practice. Her interest in ceramics has emerged as a natural progression and supplement to her work in music, photography and styling. She studied ceramics with potter Ian Clare, who has become an ongoing creative mentor alongside artists Svenja Kratz and Maria Lurighi, who have both influenced her work.
Georgia enjoys the process of hand building her pieces, sculpting them with simple wood and metal tools in her Tasmanian seaside studio. She uses an array of firing techniques including barrel kiln firing. She says this process "connects her creativity to a primeval natural element and imprints each piece uniquely". Her forms emerge from a natural state of creative flow. She favours monochromic hues as they highlight the beauty of her forms and the play of light over their surface. The soft, matte finish of her pieces offers both visual and tactile pleasure for viewers.