Carol Forster

For the past 40 years I have been excited, even a little obsessed with the challenge of working with clay. I enjoy handling it, playing with it and trying out new possibilities. This love of experimentation has led me to create a versatile range of ceramic pieces, from multiple-fired metallic lustres to fine porcelain origami bowls. For me the process of making is equally as satisfying as the finished work.

My day often begins with a walk by the sea. Whilst beachcombing, I find seashells of varying shapes, sizes and textures which have been washed up onto the beach.

I have chosen to make this piece in Porcelain as the term “porcelain” derives from the old Italian name for the cowrie shell (porcellana) due to its similar appearance. The white sandy beach is also reflected in this medium.

“A Sentence of Teapots” 2014 Photo: Richard Stringer

Carol Forster




1977 – Associated Diploma of Fine Art
Qld College of Art
1983 – Post Graduate Diploma – Secondary Teaching
University of Queensland
1987 – Bachelor of Fine Art
Griffith University


1989 – Brisbane – Auckland Sister City Exhibituion
1990 – For 4 Different Views, Fusions Gallery, Brisbane
1991 – A Brush With Clay, Gallery D, Montville, Queensland
1992 – Hyatt Gallery, Coolum, Queensland
1993 – Coast Encounters, Fusions Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
1994 – Motif and Decoration, Craft’s Council Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
1995 – Street Sisters, Cornucopia Gallery, Newtown, Sydney NSW
1996 – Kutani International Exhibition, Japan
1997 – 2nd Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition, Japan
1999 – Landscapes, Inverell Gallery, Queensland
2001 – World Ceramic Exposition, Korea
2005 – Momentum, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2007 – Trio of Roses, Wild Heart’s Gallery, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
2009 – Keramrikon International Ceramics Festival, Croatia
2010 – Origami Bowls, Marks and Gardiner Gallery Queensland
2012 – Ceramica Multipex, Croatia
2012 – 3rd Modern Pot Art Biennial, Shanghai, China
2013 – New Ceramic Art, BIA, Brisbane
2015 – 4th Modern Pot Art Biennial, Shanghai, China


Mackay City Art Collection, Bundaberg City Art Collection, Gatton Art Collection, Charleville City Collection, North Queensland Potters, Townsville City Art Collection, Moreton Bay Art Collection, Mt Isa Art Collection, Ichon World Ceramic Centre, Korea,
Kerameikon Ceramics Collection Croatia. Private collections both Nationally and Internationnaly.


1990 – Mackay Festival Ceramic Award, Queensland
1991 – Townsville Art Festival Memorial Prize, Queensland
1994 – Bundaberg Art Festival Ceramic Prize, Queensland
1995 – Sunshine Coast Art Prize Award, Queensland
1998 – Judge’s Commendation, 2nd Mashiko Ceramic Competition, Japan
1999 – Emerald Art Prize, Queensland
2000 – Finalist, World Ceramic Exposition, Korea
2001 – Pine Rivers Ceramic Art Award, Queensland
2002 – Best Queensland Memento, Memento Awards, Brisbane
2003 – Bellingen Art Prize, NSW
2004 – Arts West Sculpture Prize, Queensland
2005 – Grand Champion Ceramics, Two Rivers Arts Council, NSW
2006 – Sunshine Coast Art Show Sculpture Prize, Queensland
2006 – Aspects Corporate Gift Award, Queensland Government
2007 – Nudgee Sculpture Prize, Queensland
2008 – Open Art Award, Gympie Goldrush Exhibition, Queensland
2009 – Royal Sydney Show Miniature Sculpture Prize, NSW
2009 – Kennilworth Sculpture Prize, Queensland
2010 – Purchase Award Shanghai Modern Pot Art Biennial China
2011 – Purchase Award Southern Downs Regional Art Collection, Stanthorpe. Qld
2012 – Sculpture prize. Ipswich Art Awards. Qld
2013 – Sculpture Prize, Emerald Art Gallery. Qld
2014 – Sculpture Prize, Taree Art Exhibition. NSW
2015 – Purchase Award Shanghai Modern Pot Art Biennial
2016 – Grand Champion Gunnedah Art Exhibition NSW

Artist Information

Name: Carol Forster
Address: 16 Stephen Street
City: Buderim
State: Queensland
Post Code: 4556
Telephone: 07 5445 6497
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