Aleisa Byfield: Ceramic Artist
Aleisa creates individual functional and decorative ceramics with a contemporary aesthetic which includes homewares, jewellery and larger artistic works. Inspired by the fragile, seductive and receptive nature of clay, she relishes in the endless possibilities of ceramics, particularly for self exploration and expression.
She largely finds inspiration in the diversity and unpredictability of the textures, patterns and colours of the natural environment. She sees beauty in the flaws, scars and imperfections that are often overlooked and regularly collects discarded objects that may be incorporated into her pieces. Aleisa enjoys the freedom of using a variety of clays and has a relentless curiosity with experimentation and testing the limits.
How long have you been practicing?
2014 but officially started my business in 2016.
How would you describe your creative process and where do you get your inspiration?
Nature is where most of my inspiration comes from but it can also come from everyday objects and materials – from hessian to string. I am also hugely influenced by Japanese pottery, values and way of life. I love texture, design, timber and textiles and attempt to bring these sources of inspiration into my work in both texturizing the clay itself and in the glazes or surface treatments I use. I adore the tactile nature of clay and prefer work that is raw, fractured and individual – I have a huge fear of the mundane and conformity!
What do you love the most about the Greater Port Macquarie Region?
I love the support and inclusivity of our local creative community and also the magnificence, diversity and unpredictability of the textures, patterns and colours of the coastal environment and hinterland of the Mid North Coast.
Where can people find your work?
- In my shop front and online store (see below)
- Artist Market on 4th Sunday of each month
- Local shops – 3 Little Birds, The Brew Box and Arthouse Industries
Unit 13 Bellbowrie Park
10 Bellbowrie Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444