Dawn Oakford

After more than thirty years of slip-casting & mould-making, I’m still captivated by the intriguing possibilities presented by these techniques. 

Slip-casting enables the production of thin-walled forms by pouring clay slip into plaster moulds. The resultant casts can be combined and assembled in a variety of ways to produce innovative sculptural or functional items. I prefer asymmetrical forms because their bold contours present such a challenge when applying evocative patterns & surface decoration.

My display in Images of Tasmania 22 combines various vessels decorated with stylised references to Australian wildlife, a range of “portrait” plates, and several assembled “landscape” vases.