Jo Bear

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Sculpture

My creative themes are interconnection with nature- through landscapes & seascapes, Birthing - creativity. My family ancestory - its different cultural and racial origins and how denial of colour allowed my ancestors opportunities.

Studio Details

ART with HEART Studio
3 Redgate Rd
Margaret river region

Opening Hours

  • Sat 7 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 8 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 10 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Wed 11 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Thu 12 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 13 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 15 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 16 SeptClosed
  • Tue 17 SeptClosed
  • Wed 18 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Thu 19 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 20 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 22 Sept10am - 4pm

Left hand front verandah door ( 3 front doors) of the historic building at 3 Redgate Rd Witchcliffe. 8)

  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Universal access
  • Family friendly (suitable for children)
  • Refreshments available

I have always painted and drawn, and through my diploma of art and design- Studio Ceramics in the 90s. This TAFE training enriched and broadened my skills, knowledge and creative development with my pottery, sculptural and fine art training.

Through my life as a constantly exploring artist, I have explored further and am proficient in working and teaching skills required to express ones-self through, including Ceramics both wheel and hand-built forms, Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

My Artwork;
The mediums I use within my sculptures are mainly clay/ceramic, mixed at times with wrought iron, Perspex, glass, wood, wire and materials from nature.

There are 5 themes that I return to as an artist. They are areas that I find rich with possibility and that I have a passion for.
1. Family and cultural identity. mixed media
2. Commonality of the human life- our inner worlds of mind, emotion, body and clarity. (painting series - acrylic on canvas)
3. The Earth / Land and its mystery, interconnectedness, and spirit. Ceramic sculptures and functional ware.
4. Birthing & childbearing. As an Ceramic Artist Nurse & Midwife this sculptural series combine it all.
5. The Stars and beyond -

1. Family, skin colour & cultural diversity in my own family. I specifically look at the historically social definer of skin colour and cultural identity. In an Australian society where being white meant education and opportunity many cross-cultural descendents identified with the colour/culture which would make life easiest for their children. My father’s family story writes….. Although many descendants of William & Hannah Shiell were of dark complexion this characteristic has become much less noticeable with the 5th and subsequent generations. The origins of this genetic trait are unknown…the post-war era ( In Australia) where the influx of southern European migrants has made the residual Shiell characteristics look quite unobtrusive in a society where once they were quite distinctive. The Story of a Shiell Family by D Anderson & R. Shiell. My series ‘Ancestral Colours’ reflect this theme. (Ceramic and glass/wrought iron) period. wire or wrought Iron is used as a symbol of the threads.. the continuity of characteristics that run through our families heritage, the ceramic form displays the real & perceived colour of skin expressed as marbled clay and slip.

I love sharing Art & run weekly classes from my studio.


Explore connected creativity. To where we are in this beautiful southwest.

A workshop in mindful art, connecting to the landscape, and exploring colour, nature, and development of themes visually while being immersed in the environment. Creativity and response to being in nature. Come in walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and if you have a. particular drawing medium you enjoy bring it, otherwise, paper, pen, chalk pastel and clay provided.

10 September 2024

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

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