Ashley Fiona is a ceramic artist and a porcelain specialist. She lives and works from her studio in Port Stephens, New South Wales. Ashley creates handmade tableware, Birth Boots and Ashkeepers using high-fired ceramic porcelain.
Graduating from the College of Fine Arts (COFA) at the University of New South Wales in 2008, Ashley was awarded First Class Honours in 2010 for her poignant ceramic installation The Motherline. In 2011 this installation was chosen for the Human Experience exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery.
Since 2011, Ashley has exhibited throughout NSW. Galleries exhibiting her work include: Brisbane Modern Art Gallery ‘The Matchbox Show’, Sturt – Australian Contemporary Craft and Design ‘Back To The Table’, Manly Art Gallery ‘The Narrative Knot’, Gosford Regional Gallery ‘The Gosford Art Prize‘ and Kerrie Lowe Gallery ‘Seek.Clay.Make’. Ashley’s work has been published in Frankie magazine, Ceramics Art and Perception and The Journal of Australian Ceramics.
Prior to 2014, Ashley was employed by The Australian Ceramics Association as the subscriptions and administrations manager. This role allowed Ashley to gain exposure to the business side of the arts industry whilst also enabling her to assist in the organisation of outstanding ceramic events such Clay Push Gulgong 2013.
In 2013, Ashley was awarded the ArtStart grant by the Arts Funding Division of the Australia Council for the Arts and this enabled her to take the much desired step of pursuing her ceramic practice full time.
In April 2015, Ashley finally unveiled her porcelain Ashkeepers publicly for the first time – a new direction in her creative practice, Ashley is wholeheartedly following her soul’s purpose. Designed to help bereaved families and individuals heal, Ashkeepers are a beautiful and sacred tribute to help cherish and nurture the memories of those loved and lost.
In October 2016, Ashley was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for her artwork ‘Ashkeeper’ - exhibited as part of the inaugural Life in Death exhibition at Palliative Care Australia Inc, ACT.
Following a highly competitive submission process, Ashley has been selected for The Reflected Legacy Training Program at Liverpool Hospital in 2017. Founded by Robyn Wilson of Flutter Lyon, Ashley is one of a small group of candidates chosen for this brand new training program to learn the Life Pressing methodology of a Pressographer to lead the program in further Australian hospitals. Pressography is new, innovative and important work and Ashley is looking forward to sharing more about the practice as it develops.
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