Kim Gillespie


Kim is a professionally trained potter, having completed the 3-year Diploma of Studio Ceramics at Centra lTAFE in the mid-1990s . She has also completed a Visual Arts degree, majoring in print-making, and is a fully qualified Visual Arts teacher. As well as her own ceramics studio practice She currently teaches and co-ordinates pottery classes at Perth Studio Potters in Cottesloe, where she also works as the technician, firing all student work, making glazes, and so on. She regularly teaches kids pottery classes and is now offering the first term, after school pottery class for kids at Tresillian. Kim has been making pottery for more than 25 years and her work generally reflects Kim’s love of the more traditional forms. For many years Kim has had a fascination with Stone Age, Iron Age and British-Romano pottery, mainly in terms of form but also in terms of decoration and surface treatment. This has influenced the forms and shapes of her pottery to a large degree, particularly the Neolithic beaker pottery of Britain, Ireland and Northern Europe, but translated into larger and finer forms. She mostly works with stoneware clay making functional forms that people can use every day, but loves to make very large “coil- and -throw” urns, influenced by ancient forms but updated with interesting glazed surfaces and British and Irish Celtic style decoration (which was not traditionally executed on pottery, mostly metal and stone). Kim has recently ventured in to using porcelain and has embarked on a series of work which are called “ Neo-Neolithic”. The forms have drawn heavily on Neolithic beakers, but these are more refined and delicate, made from very fine wheel thrown and high-fired Southern Ice porcelain, with water-eroded decoration, as opposed to the Neolithic vessels which were made from gritty earthenware clay which was rudely fired and decorated with incised and impressed texture.