Therese McMahon started her love affair with ceramics as she finished year 12 at school and has been either learning her craft or making beautiful pots ever since.
It was a natural progression for her when she left school to study art, completing her studies majoring in Ceramics in 1981. She has a great eye for form and shape so this has always been an important design element in her work.
Therese set up her first studio in Dee Why in1983 (almost 40years ago!) and has subsequently continued to practice and hone her skills as she travelled extensively throughout Australia, creating ceramic studios wherever she went.
Apart from teaching ceramics to both Tafe and high school students over the years Therese has always continued her own ceramics study and practice. She has exhibited at many of Australia's leading galleries including the Hazelhurst Gallery, the Noosa Regional Art Gallery, the Fire Station Gallery, in Kiama, The de Haviland Gallery in Wollongong and the Von Bertough gallery in Newcastle to mention just a few. Therese's practice as a ceramicist, painter and sculptor involves making work that reflects her observation of the natural world, In particular coastal landforms and ocean textures.
Today Therese lives and practices in Sanctuary Point on the South Coast of NSW and teaches 2/3 days a week at a local high school whilst continuing to build her creative business.
- Carole Whitmore