K. C. (Kari Chris) Hawke

k.c.hawke has developed her art practice in sculptural ceramics over the last 40 years, originally at Monash and Adelaide University Art Studios and more recently and concurrently with a family and career. Recent retirement has enabled her to dedicate more of her time and energies to her art.

k.c.hawke has shown her work across galleries on the Mornington Peninsula and the Without Pier Gallery in Cheltenham and since 2020 at the Fyansford Papermill Artisan Group, Eagles Nest, Artisans of Australia and the 2021 Birregurra Art Show (sculpture prize).

k.c.hawke’s intent and primary focus is on the presentation of non-functional form – best described as organic sculptural form. Her recent work is largely influenced by the natural environment and especially the beach environment where she lives. The small rocks found along the Collendina Beach have greatly influenced her latest series The Sea The Sea – which is a display of irregular, asymmetrical forms in ceramic earthenware, stoneware and pit firings.  The pieces represent the simplicity in form as well as trying to highlight the individuality of natural organic forms through shape, indentations, texture, colourings and the like.

All her works are completely made by hand. The larger pieces take more the 2 months to complete the full process from their hand coiled structural base beginnings, the layered paddled and scrapped sides to the final outer surface effect.