Cheryl Oliver

Date of birth
1951
Date of death
2013
Nationality
Biography
artist's statement from Statements Gallery website:
CHERYL OLIVER

"I was born in Invercargill in 1951. I was trained as a Psychiatric Nurse at Sunnyside Hospital during the early 70s.

During my life as a nurse and mother I have always felt compelled to make things and have tried various mediums from wood, fibre and paint. However it was not until I found clay some thirteen years ago that I truly found something that spoke to me and captured my imagination. There is something extremely satisfying to be working with a medium which through the process of fire is changed forever into something completely different. Although largely self-taught I am always working with a drive to move forward and further with my ideas and attend many workshops both here and overseas. Clay is a demanding medium and has come to represent a mentor in teaching persistence, patience and joy - once you learn to be philosophical about the frustrations and disappointments that inevitably occur along the way.

My work is sold through various galleries in New Zealand and over the years my work has found its way all over the world. I also exhibit my work regularly. I am a member of the New Zealand Society of Potters."
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Cheryl Oliver is an award winning ceramic artist based in Whakamarama, Tauranga, New Zealand. Her work has featured in several high profile exhibitions throughout New Zealand and has found its way to many parts of the world, including the home of Sir Elton John.

For the last fifteen years my focus with clay has been in variously representing the small moments of what it is to be human, with a bias towards the light hearted, holding the belief as I do that the humorous has a legitimate place on the art spectrum. The work is deliberately simple in form relying heavily on texture and facial expression to create narrative which, to great and personally satisfying extent, becomes the choice of the owner.

I use a combination of soft slab with a low fired porcelain type clay body, direct moulding techniques and studio made glazes and miscellaneous found objects. The pieces are at least twice fired to 1160oC in an electric kiln.

Source: http://ljudmila.org/~julian/cheryloliverpottery/

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