Grab a glass of bubbly and get right into the spirit of the silly season as you create a series of one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments for your home. Drawing on Bonnie’s iconic style, you’ll use text, clay, and colour to create positively playful tree ornaments that will really pack a punch.
Don’t miss out on this fully artist-led adventure that is set to deliver some serious holiday cheer!
Bonnie Hislop is a Brisbane-based artist with a particular focus on ceramic handbuilding and illustration. Grounded in technical skill, her practice has evolved from creating illustrative ceramic planters to large-scale sculptural work. She unites bright colours and satirical concepts to engage her audience in a dialogue with the physical world around them. Her work intersects traditional representations of ceramics with a craft aesthetic to create a contemporary interpretation of the ceramic medium. Bonnie’s practice aims to encapsulate universal experiences of frustration, angst, grief, emotional fatigue as well as feminine strength, intimacy and desire. The performative, brightly coloured ceramics forge an existence through joy and curiosity. In 2022 she and photographer Melanie Hinds developed an ongoing collaborative series which puts Hislop in the frame with the artwork, extending the messaging of the ceramic piece. This collaboration seeks to subvert perceptions on the classic ‘artist portrait’ and expectations of femininity.
Bonnie has facilitated workshops at institutions across Brisbane and Australia and was recently featured in Museum of Brisbane’s Clay: Collected Ceramics.