Beginning in a workshop in her shed ceramic artist Andrea Evans McCall has grown her ceramics business to supply over 50 outlets across the country.
Today Andrea works from a shopfront in the heart of Korumburra and has a small gallery and retail space with other artist’s work as well as her own decorative wall furniture.
Her work is whimsical and colourful and mainly consists of a range of wall plaques, magnets and some jewellery made by hand from clay.
A section of the room is devoted to her workshop with almost finished pieces waiting for the kiln and other designs ready for a new collection.
Andrea has had a life long passion for art and formalised her passion with a degree in Art at Latrobe University and later moved into eduction.
A 14 year stint living and working in New Zealand increased her love for hand made and unique art. “New Zealand is a very creative country and they value unique hand made things,” she said.
Andrea returned with a husband and two children and the family originally settled on Phillip Island. Just a few years ago made their home in Korumburra.
Andrea’s focus is to create hand made wall furniture, with all their quirks and points of difference that being hand made brings. And, even though she makes one item many times the excitement of seeing how it comes out in the kiln is still there.
“I love the process of taking something from nothing to a piece of art.”
Sometimes Andrea works on her ideas in a sketch book first, but mainly it is trial and error, because the surpise, she said is that with working with a kiln you never know exactly how a piece might turn out.
“It is exciting to open the kiln when you have done something new and to see how if it has worked.”
Andrea’s kiln is in full production two days per week and all of her work is made to order. Most of her work is sold wholesale, with many orders taken from the Trade fair she attends twice a year in Melbourne.
Much of her inspiration comes from reading magazines and discovering the latest style trends and colours she can apply to her work.
Apart from her everyday ceramic work she is also working on an ongoing private art piece. Beginning in the year of 2007 Andrea painted a different small canvas every day of that year. In the subsequent years, on each particular day she returns to that canvas and makes and addition. It is a great record of her thoughts and emotions on any given day over the years. Andrea’s plan is to continue the process for another six years and her only rule is that she is not allowing herself to paint over anything she had done in the previous year.
Currently Andrea is working on a new collection of Christmas decorations and following on her popular hearts range of wall plaques.
“The five year plan was to have a workspace and to be self sufficient I love being my own boss.” She said.
Her made to order pieces are available at Impodimo in Garfield and Wardrobe in the Lane in Yarragon.