Cathy Lawley - Potter and Sculptor
Fried Mudd Studio & Workshops
Cathy has been featured on television and in the media for earthy, whimsical art and raku clay firing. She is invited to display at galleries and art festivals throughout Queensland. Fortunately for locals and visitors to the Sunshine Coast, Cathy is ready to share her talents at her hosted workshops. Cathy’s work is created in her Friedmudd Studio situated in Noosa.
Clay has always been therapeutic for Cathy. When she starts making something, a story starts to form in her thoughts, usually involving people she knows, nature or animals. ‘These stories and thoughts have given my pieces a certain personality and character.’
Cathy Discovered her love of clay while raising her 4 children by attending classes and many workshops, and has not stopped her passion of making pottery since. ‘ I think playing with clay as a child on my parents dairy farm has built me an emotional relationship with it’. ‘As a child I was very fortunate to spend my days playing in the fields and creek beds, being constantly inspired by nature, I think that connection has influenced my work more than anything else’.
It is the process of forming the clay and feeling its texture that Cathy finds most enjoyable. ‘I find I connect to the earth, its very grounding, minutes turn into hours before I know it. It’s also about loosing ones self, but rediscovering the child is so beautiful’, Cathy explains.
‘It makes me happy to know that my work, from the whimsical to the sleek and modern, can be found in homes all over Australia and various places in the world, that these pieces are treasured by people who have seen my work and HAD to have a piece for themselves’.