Member Profile profile for Kit Ferry

Kit Ferry
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GEMINI GLASS ART 55 Macquarie Drive, Cherrybrook, NSW, Australia 2126 (T +61 2 9875 1518 ) Kit Ferry was born in 1940 in a Northern Indian hill station while her father was a serving officer in the British army. After leaving India her family spent many years living in various parts of Africa. She feels that her great love of colour resulted from her very lucky childhood where she absorbed the local cultures and colours surrounding her. Kit’s love of craft started with modelling plasticine with matchsticks whilst in a car, train or ship travelling between army stations. I.e. Madras to Kashmir – the tip of India to the Hymalayas - a journey undertaken twice yearly to Kashmir when Madras was too hot and returning in the cooler season. She used her pocket money to buy her first craft book ”How To Make Toys” when she was eleven and living in Ghana, she made all the toys in it and still has the book after sixty years . Working with her hands has been Kit’s life long passion, and learning many different crafts, her love. She has found that techniques and skills acquired for one craft can often be used in others. Being a qualified grammar school teacher has allowed Kit to pass on her skills and knowledge to many students after her move to Australia in 1973. Her work has been displayed in many venues and has been sent all over the world After initially running a very successful ceramic teaching studio after a move from Victoria to NSW in June 1982 she has been concentrating mainly on glass – kiln forming and flame working, to create pictures, platters, plates, flame worked beads and her own unique kiln formed sculptural bowls
Artists Biography: 
Kit Ferry CURRICULUM VITAE. Address 55 Macquarie Drive, Tel : +61 (02) 98751518 Cherrybrook Email : N.S.W. 2126 Australia UK 1962 - 1973 • Qualified High School teacher -taught at Bede Grammar School in Sunderland , Co Durham , (UK) • Involved in High School teaching capacity in many crafts as well as History and Biology specialist • Studied three years with Master Potter (Ron Mottram) in Sunderland Art College (UK). • Have run pottery and craft clubs in many schools during the years for both children and adults. • Lectured to Youth Leaders taking part in the Training Courses for UK Youth Clubs. Migrated to Australia in Feb 1974 • Opened teaching studio in Sandringham Vic. in 1976 teaching aspects of manufacture and decoration of slipcast pottery pieces and clay hand building. • Learned and taught leadlighting • Designed for Semco and exhibited tapestry canvases in the Melbourne City ANZ Bank. • Was a member of the Black Rock Craft Group having regular exhibitions of multi craft items in Melbourne city and surrounding suburbia. Moved to Sydney January 1982 June 1982 - 1997 • Operated a craft teaching studio in Cherrybrook NSW covering: o Manufacture and decoration of slipcast china figurines in Porcelain and other clays. o Handbuilding and decoration using pottery clays. o Manufacture and decoration of Porcelain Dolls. o Decoupage. o Glass Forming and decoration, o Folk Art painting. o My students and I won many prizes in open competitions. • Committee member of NSW Ceramic Art Association for a many years and was involved in the formation of the Judges Education Programme for NSW. • Completed certification and attained Master Judge status for the American International Ceramic Association and the Ceramic Art Association of Australia • Have regularly judged at Gosford, Newcastle, Melbourne, Hawksbury and Sydney Ceramic shows and was an invited Judge at the RAS for two years running. • Judged for the Decoupage Guild of NSW. • 1988 - 1993 Owned and operated Jabiru Porcelain P/L manufacturing fine quality, hand made, Australian flora and fauna, in porcelain. • Authored articles in pottery magazines • Participated in many and varied courses in all aspects of warm glass, glass bead making and silversmithing 1997 • Sold studio and was able to indulge my addiction in cutting, fusing and slumping glass sheets and glass bead making as “Gemini Glass Art” 2001- 2008 • Continued teaching small groups of students glass work. • Produced fused glass panels for corporate commissions and for selected art galleries. Exhibited at APAT convention Oct 2003 at Darling Harbour also at Noosa Artfest Nov 2003 and with the Arcadian Artists for the last few years. 2008 - Current • Experimented with fusing porcelain faces with diachroic glass to form elements of picture series entitled “Cabaret” and “Masquerade” • Produced multi coloured and multilayered glass bowls and platters. • Experimented with “pulled glass tendrils” to form new series of “Cartoon Faces” • 2009 joined Ferry Artists gallery at Wisemans Ferry in NSW permanently exhibiting her work.
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