Valerie Restarick

Valerie Restarick is a potter based in Melbourne. Her love of the arts and creative talents were discovered as a child at school in Ballarat. In the early 1960s, Valerie trained as a painter at the National Gallery School in Melbourne under John Brack. After a stint in London teaching and studying pottery, Valerie returned to Australia. In the 1970s and 80s she lived in Castlemaine; her studio was in Burnett Road. Popular at the time were her many pots and other domestic items like candlesticks and hanging planters.

Now in Melbourne, Valerie continues to practise and teach, having opened her own studio in Carlton North. She says of her work, ‘l am very influenced by the Bernard Leach school and Japanese tradition. I’ve become more free-form, peripatetic and political in my practice.’

Always experimenting with glazes and techniques her work now doesn’t follow trends but is an expression of her interests.

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