Vicki Charles is a talented ceramic sculptor originally from Melbourne, Australia but now settled in her beautiful home in The Wood, Nelson, New Zealand - which includes a small gallery and a fully equipped studio.
Growing up in Melbourne Vicki was immersed in culture and art from a young age which fueled her intrinsic creative nature. Vicki has turned her hand to various creative outlets in her pursuit to find her niche such as creative writing, poetry, floristry, photography and oil painting.
While she was successful in all her endeavors, it was ceramic sculpture that she really fell in love with and was fully realised.
For the last 25 years, Vicki has primarily focused on exploring the intricacies’ and nuances of the ceramic medium and honing her sculptural aesthetic.
In 2015 a life-changing personal event led to shifting to Nelson and giving the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a professional artist. This life-altering event, while emotionally challenging, has the silver lining in that it has led to her current success as a sculptor and the opportunity to open her workshop for tutoring and classes
Vicki explores themes of love, compassion, connectedness and personal journeys. In her work, you will see symbols, words, and compositions inspired by ancient civilisations, philosophers and Renaissance masters. Figures are skilfully manipulated to express not only Vicki’s journey of self-discovery but the preciousness of human life. Each piece is unique with evidence of Vicki’s prints and marks on the clay externalising her inner journey.
Currently exhibiting her works at various galleries around New Zealand and completing commissioned based works for Australian clientele, Vicki is thoroughly settled into life as a professional sculptor and tutor in her Nelson based home and looks forward to what the future will bring.
2020 Awarded scholarship, The Learning Connextion, Wellington. NZ
New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (NZQA Level 6)
Research Interests: Visual Arts, Pastels, Oil Painting, Sculpture, Anatomy,
1994 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Associate Diploma of Arts
Research Interests: Visual Arts, Drawing
1995 | Victorian Artist Society East Melbourne Australia
2001 | Box Hill Community Centre, Box Hill Australia
2006, 2007, 2008 |Birds Gallery, Kew Australia
2009 | Bulleen Art Gallery, Bulleen Australia
2010 | Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
2011 | ‘Clay in Motion’ Birds Gallery Melbourne Australia
2016 December | Nelson Community Potters Nelson New Zealand
2017 June | Nelson Suter Art Society Suter Group Exhibition ‘Together’
2017 August | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Spring Exhibition’
2017 November | Craft Potters Gallery, Annual Exhibition
2017 November | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Summer Exhibition’
2018 January | Gallery 55, Nelson, NZ
2018 February | Top of the South Ceramists Exhibition at the Suter, Nelson
2018 March | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Autumn Exhibition’
2018 May | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘More is More’ Nelson NZ
2018 September | Finalist NZ 59th Ceramicists Exhibition Wellington, NZ
2018 September | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Spring Exhibition
2019 February | “The Lovers Exhibition” Black Asterisk Auckland NZ
2019 March | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Autumn Exhibition’
2019 September | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Spring Exhibition"
2019 October| Orakei School Auckland NZ
July 2020| Riverdale Art Online Exhibition Riversdale NZ
2020 October | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Spring Exhibition"
2020 October| Orakei School Auckland NZ
2020 December | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Summer Exhibition"
2021 Finalist for Small Sculpture Award"
2019 November | "We are all Connected" The Suter Gallery, Nelson NZ
Juried Selection and Awards:
2017 December | Selected The Suter Gallery ‘Fire & Earth, Body & Bone Exhibition’ Nelson NZ
2018 March | Craft Potters Mike Rodgers Award, Runner up, Sculpture Category
2018 August | Selected as finalist for the Ceramics NZ 59th National Exhibition
2019 November | Selected Top of the South Ceramists Exhibition, The Suter Gallery, Nelson NZ
2021 Finalist for "Small Sculpture Award"
2021 Finalist for the "Richard T Nelson Award" Wellington
2021 Finalist for the "Lysaght Watt Trust Award"
Black Door Gallery, Parnell Auckland NZ
Parker Gallery, Nelson NZ
Gravity Gallery, Mahana NZ
Art Matakana Gallery, Matakana, NZ
Quirky Fox, Hawera NZ
Origin Gallery, Nelson NZ
Arty Nelson, Nelson NZ
Central Art Gallery, Queenstown NZ
Commissioned Sculpture Australian Clients
NMIT Nelson NZ
Nelson women’s Centre
Nelson Community Potters Nelson NZ
Craft Potters Hope NZ
Treasurer, Nelson Suter Art Society
Treasurer, Arts Council, Nelson
Treasurer and Secretary, The Italia Club
2019 -https://issuu.com/studiosnz/docs/issue_5_creative_nelson pages 12-13
2020 - @artcollective_nz
“We are impressed by your technical skill and the beautiful psychological readings of your figures”
Black Door Gallery, Parnell Auckland
"Vicki Charles attention to detail and raw talent for her skill is truly incredible"
You can purchase sculptures directly through me via the website ,my gallery or
visit the wonderful galleries around New Zealand who stock my works:
126 Trafalgar Street
Nelson Suter Art Society
The Suter Gallery
208 Bridge St, Nelson, 7010
Art Matakana Gallery
Matakana Country Park
1151 Leigh Road, Matakana, Auckland