Born in Mossman, Far North Queensland in 1974, Sue Hocking, has spent most of her life in the tropics, on the far north east coast of Australia. This budding self taught ceramic artist who creates functional, organic objects and forms from clay, draws inspiration from her immediate surroundings, the lush jungle playground of FNQ.
Her bespoke pieces hold a strong connection to nature, drawing inspiration from the reef, the creatures and the world that inhabit below the surface of the sea, her own backyard in amongst the sugarcane fields and the Daintree Rainforest.
In her few spare moments Hocking loves to go camping, fishing and spend her days exploring the natural world of the tropics with her family. It is here that she is able to capture her story. The objects she creates allow her to record her observations, which carry notions of stillness, slowness, mindfulness and nature.
Hocking has been playing with clay for 2 years. She says her practice allows her to slow down and embrace stillness from the busy lifestyle she leads. It is important for her to live everyday in the now, being present with all of her loves.
‘Moulding clay allows me to be conscious of being mindful of what I am doing in the moment, and finding pleasure in what is immediately at hand’.
Hocking creates small batch ceramic artworks with minimal mark making on the surfaces of her bespoke pieces. Her unique, hand created works are predominantly functional vessels and come to life through form and surface texture and a paired back colour palette. She hand builds, and uses coil building, slump moulds, mushroom anvil techniques to create her pieces.
Her small yet steadily growing business is called Mud Wasp Design. She chose this name as she and her family share a beautiful open home nestled amongst the sugar cane fields with Mud Wasps…. she says, ‘they are nature's most amazing master potters’.
Sue juggles her newfound craft with full-time work as a medical practice manager based in Port Douglas and raising her family. If she is lucky she is able to fit in 5-10 hours a week to pursue her creative venture. Her career highlight so far was to receive the people's choice award at the Douglas Arts Base ‘Out There’ exhibition in 2019 for her work titled ‘Immortal Anemone’.
Her creative space is her home, in Mossman FNQ, on the back porch, with all her loves…. her family, her animals, chooks, cats, dogs, her garden and of course her studio.