Cameo # 8 – Maria Coyle

Maria Coyle is a widely exhibited ceramic artist and sculptor.  Maria started her career during 3 years of in-studio training with sculptor Frank Turtle and, after completing much more training herself, has taught sculpture in schools and workshops over many years. By the time she had graduated with a TAFE Diploma of Art in Ceramics in 1996 she had already started exhibiting.

Maria has an impressive list nearly 50 exhibitions, both group and solo, all over Victoria. During a 10 week art/sculpture sabbatical visiting Florence, Paris and London in 2001, she had a Solo Exhibition at La Fornace di Pievasciata, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany, Italy.

Her work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and internationally in U.S.A., United Kingdom, Italy, Holland, Japan, Asia and New Zealand.

As she says on her website: “My inspiration comes from the human body, it’s movements and contours; and I particularly enjoy exploring the emotional responses between friends, lovers and mother/child relationships. Movement, grace and a natural flow are of utmost importance. Soft curves contrast with sharp ridges and angular planes. The sculptures are designed to allow the changing light and shadow appear to alter the forms at different times of the day.

“I choose to work mainly with clay and limestone as they are such diverse mediums – the hard pristine stone contrasting with the soft yielding clay, each possessing a unique quality and integrity. The use of various types of stone dust, oxides, glazes, molten metals, etc enables a variety of surface finishes imitating organic nature, glass, metal and more.”

The works shown are examples only, and more of Maria’s work can be seen at


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