ABOUT

Kristina Cooke lives and works in the green and lush coastal area of the mid north coast of NSW in Australia.
For her studio she has gradually taken over the old garage in her quintessentially Australian quarter acre block (complete with picket fence). It has a lovely northerly aspect overlooking her garden and with views to the great dividing range.
Kristina works whenever she can steal the time to make ceramic vessels and homewares. The tones and textures in her work evoke the local environment, be it the boulder country of the Gibraltar Ranges or the coastal rockpools of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.  Each piece is carefully crafted by hand and fired up to three times in her kiln. 
Her work can be bought online, selected galleries and at design markets.

 

HANDS IN CLAY

My time developing large scale outdoor sculptures was enthralling. Carving and shaping the materials to reveal the flowing lines allowed me to get into my groove. The only challenge being that they are really heavy! And being heavy created many problems, not only in production but a logistical nightmare to move. Hence the search for a more practical medium began. I had an innate desire to make, just on a smaller scale.

Analysing this problem led me to the thought of clay. The easiest "clay" that I could get my hands on was some air drying clay. Thinking that it must be similar to the clay I remember in my childhood, especially as it came in terracotta and white, I thought it would be perfect for a scaled down approach. No need for a kiln, brilliant! Not.

It was nothing like I remembered, it was weirdly sticky and just felt wrong. Disappointment abounded.  

There was nothing else for it, I just had to get my hands on a proper lump of clay. If nothing else but to see if my memory was correct. It was a long time ago, but that feeling of clay in the hands is unforgettable. Surely this air drying clay wasn't as good as it gets. 

My search for real clay sent me to Mullaway, a magical place to become my source for all things ceramic into the future. Once there Lyn guided me to my first bag of all round versatile clay - she asked me a load of questions that I had no answers to. All I wanted was to get my hands into that clay. I had no idea about firing, glazing or anything beyond these forms I had in my hands that needed to be shaped. 

Once safely back on my verandah, I cut into my first block of clay and loudly exclaimed 'yes!' 

This was the feeling I remember. I felt I was home.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Circle Exhibition

CURRICULUM

2019

Diploma of Ceramics, North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour

Member, Coastal Claymakers

Bouyancy, Exhibition at The Art Space, Urunga

Unboxed, Exhibition at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Annex

2018

Diploma of Ceramics, North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour

Communications Officer, Committee Member, Coastal Claymakers

Making Your Mark with Tania Rollond - 2-day workshop

Full Circle, Exhibition at The Art Space, Urunga

Clay Gulgong, delegate

Duality, Exhibition at Sawtell Art Gallery


2017

Open Studio Sessions with Tamasin Pepper, Bellingen

Hand-building with Max Powell, Coastal Claymakers, Coffs Harbour

Hand-building with Julie Nash, Coastal Claymakers, Coffs Harbour

 

2013

Finding the Line - large scale sculptures with Jeremy Carter

Design Thinking, CI Lab, University of Technology, Sydney


1994

Bachelor of Design, University of Technology, Sydney