Hilary, like so many Australian potters today, began her love affair with clay after attending a night school class in ceramics in 1991. On completing the course she decided to further her studies in ceramics and attended several TAFE courses, achieving her Diploma in Ceramics before working in a small studio pottery as a production potter.
In 2005 she moved to the United Kingdom to join a trainee program with the world renowned Dartington Pottery in Devon which has produced hand crafted reduction ceramics for many years and has been the training ground for a large number of well known potters over the decades. As a trainee she was exposed to all methods of ceramic production including wheel throwing and kiln packing as well as the more commercial areas of slip casting, ram pressing, jigger and jolly work. In addition to its commercial work, Dartington produces a range of one-off art pieces and is world renowned for glaze on glaze decoration - so she was training with the best.
She returned to Australia in 2012 to take up a 2 year associate post with the Jam Factory in Adelaide. The Jam Factory is a multidisciplinary arts centre promoting and producing hand crafted objects. Whilst at the Jam Factory she worked on studio commissions in the ceramics department and prototyped her own tableware range.
Following her time in Adelaide she returned to Sydney where she decided to continue her ceramic studies, completing her Advanced Diploma in Ceramics in 2014.
She is now focused on making and developing her own range of tableware specialising in teapots, cups, saucers and mugs. Whilst relatively new to Ceramics (in comparison to a few of our other potters on the website) Hilary has a wonderful eye for shape and colour and has developed an expertise in one of the more difficult pottery skills – making teapots. Her production training in Australia and the United Kingdom has honed her skills as a potter and her eye for good design has been enhanced during her time at the Jam Factory.