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Helen Foster

Helen Foster

Helen Foster – Ceramic Artist – Pottery

Helen Foster – Artist Biography

Helen Foster pursued artistic training as a mature age student at night classes in 1977 as my time was limited being a working mother. Her work background was as a draftswoman for 21 years, 11 years as a technician in the Department of Art and Design, Kalgoorlie College, 5 years as a Human Resources Officer for Curtin University, Kalgoorlie and 2.5 years Client Services Officer, Curtin University, Margaret River.

Helen Foster gained a wealth of knowledge working as an Art Technician, Kalgoorlie College for 6 years, she then became exhibition co-ordinator part time and studied part-time. 32 years living in Kalgoorlie gave her a great understanding of the country and it became apparent through creative exploration that she could capture her feelings and visions of the radiant landscape by throwing simple forms reflecting the colours of the land from its range of subtle hues through to the harsh browns, reds and ochres.

Helen made a quantum leap in 2001 and moved to Margaret River another beautiful part of Western Australia, a softer, gentler lifestyle and a major turning point in her life. It has given her the opportunity to exhibit more widely, become a member of a large group of artisans and to extend her knowledge exploring all the possibilities clay presents for expression.

“My aim is to create forms of beauty with visual impact and to establish an individuality of style.” Helen Foster


1986-89     Associate Diploma in Visual Arts (Ceramics Major) W.A.C.A.E.

1981-85     Kalgoorlie College Diploma Art Studies

1977-78     Drawing/Painting Studies Eastern Goldfields Technical College


1984-94     Kalgoorlie College in Painting, Drawing, Textiles

1995-96     Curtin University, Kalgoorlie – Ceramics


2010      Minnawarra Art Award, Armadale

2009      MR Artisans Biennial Exhibition, Mandurah

      Townsville Ceramic Awards, Perk Tucker Gallery

      CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition, Sth Freo

      Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Gallery & Vasse Felix

      Forbidden Fruit, Love, Lust & Liquor, Willyabrup

2008      CAAWA’s Western Survey, Central TAFE

2007      City Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize

      Fluid on The Brain, Willyabrup Dreaming

      Southern Exposure, Central TAFE Art Gallery

      Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Art Gallery

      Artisans Exposed, Garden Art Studio, Yallingup

      Mycologia, Mundaring Truffle Exhibition

      CAAWA Shoebox Exhibition, Gorepani Gallery

      Style & Sensibility, Art Geo Gallery, Busselton

      It’s All in the Mind, Busselton Pottery Club

2006      Earthworks, Miners Hall of Fame Kalgoorlie

      Mid Life Crisis, Willyabrup Dreaming Gallery

      Earthly Eruptions, Busselton Pottery

2005      Spiralling between the Capes, Vasse Felix

      SASR Auxillary, Campbell Barracks

2004/5/6    CAAWA Members Exhibition, Gallows Gallery

2003      Remembering, Moores Building, Fremantle

2000/02    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize

1999      Bounty, Fremantle Arts Centre

1998      Coolgardie Ambience Art Prize Exhibition

      Alice Craft Award, Crafts Council NT

1997      Broken Ground, Moores Building, Fremantle

1996      5th Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne

      Gold Conference, Goldfields Arts Centre

1995      Landscape as a Metaphor, Claremont School of Art

      WA Week Exhibition, Crafts Council-Forrest Chase

      Edith Cowan University Regional Colleges Exhibition Craft West

      New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle

1994      Wesfarmers Regional Craft Award

1993      Portfolio Exhibition, Parliament House, Perth

1988      Golden Mile Museum Art Auction

      Town of Kalgoorlie Art Prize

      Bi-Centennial Exhibition, Kalgoorlie

1986      Expose Yourself to Pots


2006      The Journal of Australian Ceramics

1995       Craftwest, Spring, Jewellery Student

      Craftwest Autumn 1995, Academe in Kalgoorlie

1993      Pottery in Australia, Western Australian Potters


2009      Dr Stefano Carboni, Director Western Australian Art Gallery – personal collection

2007      Bunbury Biennale Permanent Collection

      Curtin University, Kalgoorlie Collection

2000      Lady Brodie-Hall

      City Kalgoorlie-Boulder Acquisition

1994      City of Wanneroo Acquisition

1989      Kalgoorlie College Acquisition

1988      Town of Kalgoorlie Acquisition

      Private Collections in France, Victoria, Alice Springs and Western Australia


2010      Stocklands Commission Award, Minnawarra Art Exhibit.

2007      City Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Highly Commended

2000      Mining Section, Chamber of Minerals & Energy of WA Award, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize

1998      First Prize – Ceramics Section, Coolgardie Ambience

1996      First Prize – Ceramics Section, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize Exhibition

1994      Joint Prize Ceramics, Coolgardie Today Art Prize

1988      Town of Kalgoorlie Acquisitive Prize

1982      Ian Taylor Award

1978      Jordan & Jacksons Drawing Award


  • Ceramics Arts Association of Western Australia
  • Margaret River Artisans, Cape to Cape
  • Life Member Golden Mile Art Group
  • Busselton Pottery


1994-2000  June – City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize

1993      June – Woodline Exhibition, Kalgoorlie

1993      May – Harry Jackson Art Award, Kalgoorlie College

1993      March – Portfolio Exhibition, Parliament House, Perth

1993      April – Portfolio Exhibition, Perth Mint

1992      December – Launched Daughters of Midas, PICA

1992      September – Back to Bayley’s Centennial Exhib, Coolgardie

1992      August – Images of a Centenary, Coolgardie Exhibition

1992      July – Launched Daughters of Midas, Flanagans Bar

1992      February – Aqua Images, Photographic Exhibition

1991      May – Gareth Morse


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