Denise McDonald has trained in potteries in England and Australia using both time honoured skills and innovative techniques to make art for everyday living – functional ceramics.
Her work comprises of hand built tableware utilising Australian botanical motifs and wheel formed pieces that rely on simple elegant forms. High quality glazes with depth and bold colour are a feature common to both. The hand built work brings together a celebration of our unique Australian flora with a love for heritage patterns and motifs. This fusion results in pieces that have a contemporary design with a hint of nostalgia. You will find 100 year old flannel flower surfaces, bold red Waratahs and quiet fishbone fern embossed on functional stoneware and porcelain. The wheel thrown work grew from a series of restaurant and café commissions where the demand was for much simpler forms and surfaces.