Born London, England. Sandy moves to Australia. Ceramics Certificate, National Art School, East Sydney, NSW, 1980. Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, High Distinction, Monash University, Vic.1997. Master of Visual Arts, High Distinction, Monash University, Vic. 2003. Established Balmoral Pottery in the Southern Highlands, NSW in 1980, exploring the medium of clay, wood firing and saltglazing. Part time teaching at various TAFE colleges, ANU & NAS since 1980. Currently lecturer at National Arts School, East Sydney (1992 – 2011). Attending symposia and conferences and residencies by invitation internationally. Exhibiting in group and solo shows both in Australia and internationally since 1982
About her work The material qualities of clay are essential to her work. They provide a vocabulary for expressing a language of rich textures, rhythms and tactile sensation. Dry cracked earthy stoneware slabs contrast with refined and fluid salt glazed porcelain to expresses the transience of life and delicate balance of nature. I seek to express both movement and stillness that echo the natural world, and provide a testament to the effects of time. She works at the edge of her medium by pushing the capabilities and tolerance of clay in search of a subtle nuance or essence of expression. She seeks to capture an elusive 'rightness' that expresses an elusive embodiment of life's energy.
All her work is wood fired and salt glazed. Most of the clays she uses are made from Australian raw materials which she blends and mix herself. She also uses Southern Ice and Limoges porcelain. Each clay has particular qualities which, when combined with wood firing and salt, produce varied and intriguing surfaces that are an essential part of her work.