Meet  the Artist

                                            My beginnings are humble with a relentless desire to touch and move clay, I was not sure                                                     why, as I had been a painter for many years,  But always felt a pull towards wanting to                                                          work with clay.  I had used a wheel in the past and found pottery did not seem to excite                                                      me enough and so my journey into sculpting began.  I remember when making my                                                             first purchase of clay, I was asked "what do you want to do with the clay" and I                                                                    remember thinking I have no idea? I started with some non fictional characters, I                                                           tried not to think about technique too much, rather I just let it flow from my mind, to my                                                    hands and into the clay.  Within days I was hooked, I found it to be very therapeutic and                                                  I knew I had been gifted some sort of talent which could be developed.   I realised fairly                                             early that clays aren't clays, with an endless choice. through much trial, error and gathered                                          information, I found the best clays for sculpting & that made a huge difference to my outcomes.  

After bouts of blood, sweat and tears (mainly tears),  I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life, I made the decision to sell my florist business and go for it. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, to take such a huge leap was terrifying.  But anything worth doing can pose a risk, so after the sale of the business, I invested in the build of a studio. Located on our property, outside of Gracemere, Central Qld . With the help of my husband and his family.   Surrounded by towering bamboo, 'Sculpt Out Loud Studio' is now my studio work space, a beautiful tranquil place to create and teach. I hope to inspire others with my work. 

"My art comes from various places including everyday life and my own personal experiences. I try to convey the life and movement of the subjects that I study, in the hope that what appears as simple at first glance, becomes upon closer registration much more life like, with a aura that provokes an inner emotion ". 

 

 

 

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Jen Hilker

 

 

Bio..

Jen sculpts using a multitude of mediums,  which mainly derive from water and oil based clays.  Her collections are meditations of her colourful life & often feature elements of her rural upbringing. "I have spent years studying and experimenting to refine my art and as such it has given me an understanding of the different clays, armatures and techniques that are invaluable to my sculpture."  Her finished products vary in materials and she also experiments with different

products including resin,  bronze, steel & a variety of metals to achieve her outcome.

Jen's true passion is helping and schooling others with her knowledge & skills by holding workshops, in her beautiful studio based just outside of Gracemere, Qld. It is a safe and calming environment to learn and find your inner artist. Jen also continues to produce stunning sculptures and Commissions are welcomed.

My beginnings are humble with a relentless desire to touch and move clay, I was not sure why, as I had been a painter for many years,  But always felt a pull towards wanting to work with clay.  I had used a wheel in the past and found pottery did not seem to excite me enough and so my journey into sculpting began.  I remember when making my first purchase of clay, I was asked "what do you want to do with the clay" and I remember thinking I have no idea? I started with some non fictional characters, I tried not to think about technique too much, rather I just let it flow from my mind, to my hands and into the clay.  Within days I was hooked, I found it to be very therapeutic and I knew I had been gifted some sort of talent which could be developed.   I realised fairly early that clays aren't clays, with an endless choice. through much trial, error and gathered information, I found the best clays for sculpting & that made a huge difference to my outcomes.  

After bouts of blood, sweat and tears (mainly tears),  I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life, I made the decision to sell my florist business and go for it. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, to take such a huge leap was terrifying.  But anything worth doing can pose a risk, so after the sale of the business, I invested in the build of a studio. Located on our property, outside of Gracemere, Central Qld . With the help of my husband and his family.   Surrounded by towering bamboo, 'Sculpt Out Loud Studio' is now my studio work space, a beautiful tranquil place to create and teach. I hope to inspire others with my work. 

"My art comes from various places including everyday life and my own personal experiences. I try to convey the life and movement of the subjects that I study, in the hope that what appears as simple at first glance, becomes upon closer registration much more life like, with a aura that provokes an inner emotion ". 

 

 

 

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