Artist Statement

My practice emerges from the historical tradition of utilitarian ceramics which draws decorative inspiration from nature. Enhancing  the importance of objects through increased scale, my vessels are given an importance not usually found in our every day lives. 

I am currently interested in depicting Australian native species, using the vessel as a surface for painting and narrative. I frequently travel to specific locations to study locally indigenous plants. Trips along the Victorian coast line extending towards New South Wales sparked an interest in the Banksia Serrata and resulted in many drawings and water colour paintings. Spending time in the banksia forest allowed me to observe the plant’s many forms as well as the bird and insect life that supports the environment.

Prior to painting on the clay form, I make detailed water colours on paper of selected plants. I transpose the image onto bone dry, hand built, coiled vessels by applying layers of ceramic stain.  Referencing the botanical illustration tradition, I attempt to depict the life cycle of the plant including the bud, flower, birds and occasional pollinating insect to provide a sense of the overall habitat.

My work previously considered the impact of introduced species on the Australian environment; I am now passionately interested in depicting Australia's native environment, particularly at a time when it appears under threat from climate change, bushfire, cyclone and our expanding human footprint.





Fiona Hiscock 2015






1984 - 1986 BA Melbourne University, Fine Art History

1987 - 1991 BA Fine Art Ceramics, RMIT 

1992 - 1993 Post Graduate Honors Degree, Fine Art, (ceramics) RMIT 



1997   Craft Victoria, Melbourne

1998/2000/2003 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2000/2003/2006/2009/2014 Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2010 Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2015 Gallerysmith, Melbourne



1993 Fresh, Student Award Exhibition, Craft Victoria

1994/1995/1998 Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington Arts Centre, VIC

1995/1996/98/2010 Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland

1996/1997 Sidney Myer Fund Australia Day Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery,

1997 Faenza International Ceramic Art Competition, Italy

1997 Moonee Valley Festival Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Essendon, VIC

1997 New Visions, (5 Artists) Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, VIC

1999 Drawn in Form, travelling show to Brisbane City Gallery andObject Gallery,

1999 Alice Craft Award, Northern Territory

1999 Blessed be the Work, Jewish Ritual and Contemporary Craft, Jewish Museum VIC

1999 Freeman Gallery 3, Hobart Tasmania

2002 Centenary Craft Prize, Parliament House, Canberra

2002 Alice Springs Craft Award, Alice Springs

2003 Changing Serfaces, Shepparton Art Gallery

2004 Celebrating the Master, Schepsi gallery, Melbourne

2005 Hobart Art Prize, Tasmania

2005 Chilli, Cudgegong Gallery, NSW

2007 New Under the Sun, Jewish Museum of Australia

2009 Town Country, Craft Victoria

2011 Ewers, Pitchers, Jugs and Jars, Narek Gallery, NSW

2013 Sunshine Coast Ceramic Art Prize, Manningham Ceramic Art Prize

2014 Efflorescent, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

2014 Tribute to Janet Mansefield, Mossgreen Gallery

2014 The Course of Objects, Manly Regional Art Gallery

2014 Big Ceramics, Craft Victoria

2015 Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria



Ceramics, Art and Perception Issues 11 and 30

The Age Newspaper  Jenny Zimmer, 14/12/93, 4/1/94, 3/3/94, 1/2/96,28/5/97

House and Garden Magazine “6 Rising Stars”, December 1996

Business Review Weekly “New Handle on Old Aesthetics Problem”, Anna Long, 12.5.97

Herald Sun Newspaper “The Vases that Fiona Built”, Claire Sutherland, , 10.5.97

Masters of their Craft, Noris Ioannou, Craftsman House, 1997

The Age Newspaper “Size with Attitude” Zinta Jurjuans-Heard , 29.4.98

The Age Newspaper “Artists in Residence”, Denise Ryan, Domain magazine, 29.7.98

The Australian Newspaper, Weekend Review “Objects of Desire” Jo Litson, 20.6.98

Herald Sun Newspaper “Fruits of an Urban Shed”, Simon Plant, 3.10.98

The Canberra Times May 30, 2009

The Canberra Times July 2014




1991 Walker Ceramics Prize  for  Excellence to a student at RMIT

1991 National Gallery Society of Victoria Award, RMIT

1996    Gold Coast Ceramic Art Merit Award - purchased for the Gallery Collection

1997 Moonee Valley Festival Contemporary Craft Award

1997 Alice Springs Art Award

1997 Shepparton Regional Art Gallery Collection

1997 Deakin University Collection

1998 Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Collection

1998 Queensland University of Technology Collection

2001 and ‘07 Jewish Museum of Australia Collection

2001 Parliament House Collection

2002 and 2003 Artist in residence, Hill End, NSW

2014 and ’15 Artist in residence, Flemington Primary School



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