Some kids never get over playing in the mud. We totally respect that. There is nothing quite so squooshy and luscious as squishing a lump of cool clay between your fingers.
Minna Graham is one of those kids. Her connection to the earth through her ceramic art, and to this beautiful little town goes deep.
Minna grew up in a teeny little town called Nimmitable, NSW, which is plonked in the middle of one of the prettiest patches of Australia - between Cooma and the Snowy Mountains. Being so close to the Snowys, Nimmitable has a similar climate to here... cold winters, crisp autumns and regular dustings of snow. (We reckon the Abominable Snowman would be no match for a Nimmitable Snowman, and we seriously hope there's some future Hollywood blockbuster that takes advantage of this clash of the awesomely named snowmen. - You can have that idea for free Hollywood... You're welcome.)
Once she was old enough, Minna left her teeny-tiny and super-cute historic town, (and imminent threat of Snowman attack) and repurposed a truck into the most awesome house-on-wheels everrrr, named it Squibly, and hit the road. A beautiful nomadic life ensued, and for years Minna travelled the highways (and the roads less travelled) around Australia, circumnavigating this enormous continent four times. (That's some serious Ks.) She lived in the deserts and lived in the forests, in snow country and on salt lakes, and even planted some roots in Melbourne for a while, until the country beckoned - as it does.... and she happened upon Daylesford and Hepburn Springs... and the rest... as they say, is history.
In all Minna's travels, no place had felt as much like home as Daylesford, with a similar climate, history and creative pulse to her childhood home of Nimmitable and here she stopped, and began to create. A familiar tale for so many creative souls in the region.
Minna comes from a creative family, her parents are both artists, and in 2009 Minna decided to do something to satisfy her own creative soul, and to do 'something just for her' and so began her relationship with clay.
Minna's art has commanded many fans along the way. Her unique twist on traditional techniques and shapes makes her contemporary pieces well sought after. Her pieces are rustic and full of soul, reflective of her life experiences and where she has lived throughout Australia. You'll find Minnas' pieces available to buy in galleries around Victoria, and if you happen to be in Hepburn Springs and dining at The Argus at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, you might even have your dinner placed politely in front of you in an original Minna Graham serving bowl.
Currently Minna is exhibiting at the Living Art Space in Pall Mall, Bendigo, with another lovely local Bridget Farmer. The Two in Tune exhibition includes Minna's ceramic works and Bridget's beautiful etchings, and is on display until Sunday, August 2.
- Kathy. x