Horizon Festival | Sunshine Coast // 27 Aug - 5 Sep 2021

Local Artist Series // Jack Staley

Who are you and what do you create?
My name is Jack Staley, and live and work in the Noosa area. I’m a picture framer and create abstract ceramic sculptures and functional vessels.

Jack Staley observing a piece
Jack Staley piece

What materials and techniques do you use?
My primary working material is clay, but I have been experimenting with raw material and oxides to make my own glazes. My practice incorporates a range of methods, from throwing to hand building — joining these combinations slowly together to form something unique and ambiguous.

What kind of inspirations go into your work?
I think my inspiration comes from most things I see and experience in everyday life. It’s a personal and therapeutic journey for me. I love nature, and the ocean has been a huge part of my life, and a core inspiration. Music, literature and cooking has also influenced me heaps. I find it all intriguing, and it allows me to make something different with my work. 

Jack Staley working with his hands
jack Staley studio
jack Staley art

In what space do you like to create most?
I work mostly from my studio in Sunshine Beach. I like hearing the ocean and zoning out while listing to music. I like to create alone and not have many distractions whilst I'm in the making process. 

What has been your favourite or most important work to date?
My favourite, or most important finished piece, is probably called, ‘Light house’. It reminds me of Double Island point — a special place I loved visiting growing up — and was a finalist in the North Queensland Ceramic Awards, 2020.  

Jack Staley in his studio working
Jack Staley piece
Jack Staley piece

To see more of Jack's work, head across to his Instagram

jack Staley studio
Jack Staley piece

What's On

Fri 15 Oct – Sun 5 Dec 2021

I Sea U

Free / Visual Art / Words + Ideas

Final Call

Free / Visual Art / Words + Ideas