Clare Wimmer

After attending the Maine College of Art (USA), Clare travelled extensively developing her ceramic art skills all over the world. "Clay as a medium allows the artist to manipulate, form, curve, and carve at various stages, surface treatments are applied to enhance the form and finally the piece is gifted to the fire to transform."

Clare's aim is to create individual works which respond to the user or viewer. She enjoys pushing the clay to its limits as a challenge both to herself as a ceramic artist and to the medium. Her inspiration comes from her life experiences, nature and specifically the ocean. Clare lives with her young family alfresco style in the Waitetuna Valley where her studio is located.

Clare currently is creating objects, lighting and functional pieces in porcelain using the techniques of hand-building, wheel thrown, poured and assemblage. "Porcelain is used for its ultimate translucency, purity, strength and complexity as a medium". The finishing treatments have either been developed over her time as a ceramic artist or are the result of an experiment, being fired in either an electric, wood or gas kiln.

Since her arrival in New Zealand, Clare has had a solo exhibition, many group exhibitions and pieces selected for National New Zealand Society of Potters exhibitions. She is committed to Art in the Community through her teaching, the development of a pottery at the Old School Arts Centre in Raglan, her lifetime membership on the Raglan Community Arts Council and involvement in other organizations such as Creative Communities NZ, Creative Waikato and the Waikato Society of Potters. The end of this year, Clare will have completed her study at the Dunedin School of Art in Ceramics which has expanded her knowledge base of art and technology and she will move into a more full time role of creating her art work and expanding outlets through out the North Island.