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“Australia – Our Backyard”

16 June 2023 8:00 am - 8 August 2023 5:00 pm


Ceramics, sculpture and paintings by  Annette Nobes, Bruce MacKay, Mel Mayski-Rati, Sharon Edwards , Clare Dunstan, Loris Meadows

16th June to 8th August 2023

These artists have been inspired by the flora and fauna of Australia, which can often be found in their own backyards on the edge of Melbourne.

Ceramicists Annette Nobes, Sharon Edwards and Bruce MacKay have all exhibited in the Bolin Bolin Gallery before. This year we also have botanical artist Loris Meadows and water colour artist Clare Dunstan exhibiting for the first time.

Clare Dunstan

Melbourne Illustrator Clare Dunstan (Tog & Pini) creates beautiful artworks with watercolour paints as well as multimedia sculptures from polymer, textiles, found objects, and acrylic paints.

Clare’s work invites you into her colourful world to meet with the charming characters created in her imagination. 
 “I love to see the smiles on people’s faces as they look at my creations. That is my aim; to bring smiles and laughter.”

Clare’s family and menagerie of pets have been instrumental in fostering her love of visual arts and passion for animals. Now living in the leafy suburb of Research Clare works from her idyllic home studio with her kids, husband, chooks, dogs and guineapigs.


Sharon Edwards

Sharon Edwards has been practising ceramics on a professional level since 2000. Sharon has a wide diversity within her work; they range from whimsical sculptural pieces to all types of functional ware. She also works with porcelain clay producing fine intricate pieces. Sharon has been working from Barreenong Blu Studio for three years.

Find out more about Sharon


Bruce McKay

Bruce’s love of ceramics began back in the 1980’s when he had the opportunity to study at Warrandyte’s well-known “Potter’s Cottage”. It was here that he first discovered the Japanese form of firing ceramic pieces known as Raku and this was to become his lifelong passion. 

This firing method, in conjunction with a fascination for pottery from ancient civilisations, has influenced Bruce to create pieces that are both wonderfully tactile and unique.





Loris Meadows

With interests in art and science, Loris struggled to find something absorbing to keep her busy in retirement. Hours of web browsing led her to the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Art Programme. It provides the perfect combination; part science, part aesthetic, and requires an unending attention to detail. She endeavours to reveal a plant’s morphological structure with a three-dimensional quality. Artistic licence is freely taken within the bounds of scientific accuracy.


Annette Nobes


Annette is a potter who produces a variety of work with specialisation in crystalline pottery. Crystalline pottery can be described as where art and alchemy meet. Crystalline glazes are specialty glazes that show distinct crystals in
the fired glaze, often of vibrant colors. Each piece is unique.

Find out more about Annette


Mel Rayski-Mati

Mel specialises in custom-made mirrors, 3D wall art and garden sculptures. They’re made from hundreds or thousands of individual pieces that create large scale images and beautiful patterns. 

In 2018, Mel was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Sculpture, at the Melbourne Flower & Garden Show. 

Find out more about Mel

And some more images…











16 June 2023 8:00 am
8 August 2023 5:00 pm
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Bolin Bolin Gallery
6 Manningham Rd W
Bulleen, Victoria 3105 Australia
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Bolin Bolin Gallery acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land now known as Manningham. We pay our respects to Wurundjeri Elders past, present and emerging, and value their ongoing contribution to the cultural heritage of the area.