We love love love Phil’s work. The balance of texture, form, colour and design is complete with her work. You can see all of the variety of the “lives” she has lead to date, the variety in training and the areas she has lived in. There is the right amount of detail, work and then ‘let-it-be-ness’ in her work, she knows when to walk away and allow the vessel to do the rest itself. Fab work, Phil. ARTFORM
Phil Brooks immigrated to New Zealand in 1975 after spending her childhood in London, Milan, and Kuala Lumpur. She graduated from Auckland University with a BA in languages and then returned to London to study at the Chelsea School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Phil worked as an Interior Designer for 20 years before discovering clay at Studio One Tio Tu in Ponsonby. The immediacy of the medium was a great release from the strictures of the drawing board that had always kept Phil once removed from the objects and spaces she was creating. She has since committed to ceramics full time, and is now in the second year of the Diploma of Ceramics at Dunedin Polytechnic. After studying and working in the field of architecture and interiors for many years, Phil now devotes all her time to creating ceramics from her studio in Auckland, New Zealand. Her work is hand coiled and she is interested in strong forms, in which the texture and colour of the fired clay play an important part. Phil often brings a quirky sense of humour into pieces, in that case represented in the titles. In others, form and texture and simplicity do the talking.
"The immediacy of the medium is a great release from the strictures of the drawing board that kept me once-removed from the objects & spaces I was designing."