Jan Roebuck is one of the TeachinArt online students from Australia. She completed the Understanding Porcelain (Aug 2014) class with Antoinette Badenhorst, and the Colored Clay (Oct 2018) class with Curtis Benzle.
Cyclones in Australia and that southern part of the world are not uncommon. Sometimes these storms with high winds and tides may even change some of the landscapes, and that is exactly what inspired Jan to use her ceramic skills to show what she experienced when tropical cyclone Seth hit Queensland.
Here is Jan in her own words.
I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in Australia where we get the effects of tropical cyclones… mainly rain and high tides. In January, 2022 we were hit by Cyclone Seth which brought with it a very rough sea. It hit Bribie Island opposite Golden Beach causing a breakthrough of this uninhabited tip of the Island with hundreds of Pandanus trees being uprooted and washed away down the Passage. The small breakthrough In January grew from the first photo from a few metres to over 800 metres in the second photo taken in July.
The sand patterns and channels have changed so much that in low tide you can now walk across. The southern end of the Island goes down to Brisbane (some 100 km) - the passage of water between is known as Pumicestone Passage due to the small pumice stones that still wash ashore.
Although Cyclone Seth was a tropical cyclone for a little over 24 hours in the Coral Sea, its entire track lasted 15 days. There was severe flooding in southeast Queensland and hazardous surf along the southern Queensland as well as the northern New South Wales coast. The low was responsible for onset of the monsoon over Darwin and the Top End.
Here are some of the other porcelain creations of this talented porcelain artist.
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