My introduction to Porcelain Painting commenced in 2005. I started by attending weekly lessons with Sheila Eatough, a local tutor, who has been painting and exhibiting her work for many decades. For years I had admired her work, so it was a privilege to be able to commence lessons with her. My first plate was one with open roses and this plate ended up with scrolling. I had been attending classes for almost a month when my husband made a comment that he still hadn’t seen any plates that I had painted. At that stage my tutor was doing all the firing, so the items never came home until they were actually finished. Finally after six weeks, I was able to bring home my first piece of work.
Over the years I have had many hobbies. It first began in my school days with sewing, needlework and knitting. After finishing school, I continued with dressmaking and pattern making, followed by millinery and soft furnishing. After I married in 1965, I continued with these hobbies and I also taught myself how to crochet. At this stage we lived on a property near Walla Walla, NSW, Australia, so there were always plenty of outdoor chores that I helped with. In 1977 we moved to the coast to Coffs Harbour, NSW where we have lived ever since in the same home that we built in 1978. We have two children and five grandchildren. Our daughter lives nearby, but our son moved back to where we originally came from many years ago and he is settled there with his family.
Once we moved to Coffs Harbour it opened up a new avenue of learning for me as there was so much more on offer in courses. I attended classes in patchwork quilting, more sewing courses, leatherwork, macramé, cake decorating, floral art, calligraphy, book making, watercolour, pastel & drawing classes, folk art, card making, and finally after all of this I commenced porcelain painting. I also love cooking and gardening.
Over the years, I have painted many different techniques. The flower that I wanted to paint the most was a formal rose, but I found it not as easy as I thought it would be, but I will keep preserving and hopefully I will succeed one day. I love painting flowers using soft technique. Pen work is another subject I enjoy doing and this probably comes from my love of calligraphy. I always had a fear of working with lustres, but I have experimented with it more and seem to have lost that fear now. I am at a stage with my painting that I want to experiment more with different techniques and ideas. This involves time, which at this stage is something I don’t have a great deal of, as I still work three days a week.
I love my porcelain painting and hope to continue for many more years. The one regret that I have is that I didn’t commence porcelain painting ten years earlier, but that is something that I can’t undo, so I just have to make the most of the years that I have left ahead of me to paint as much as I can.