By Toni Roberts.
This experimental hybrid memoir/essay/portrait traces the lineage of my creative practice in ceramics to my mother’s life of making and her passion for clay. It is a reflection in three parts; part 1 sketches fragmented recollections of my mother as a maker in her era and the tensions between motherhood and creative work; part 2 connects this with my thoughts on the making process and a more scholarly discussion of material thinking; and part 3 reflects on the legacy of my mother’s creativity 16 years after her death. The paper ‘connects the dots’ in loose, looping lines that trace from my present to her past, between the physical and ephemeral, through the richness of creative making, memory and loss.
Dr Toni Roberts is a creative practitioner who works in a range of media including text, ceramics, polymers and spatial environments. Toni has a fascination with materials, water and the relationship between somatic sensation, materiality and imagination. Her work explores communication across non-fiction and fictive speculations in contexts that range from the museum to the ocean. Toni is a lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT and Director of Hatchling Studio.