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.

“My challenge with my sculpture is turn that lump of mud into the light, aliveness, 
peace and stillness reflected in the eyes of myself and the people l meet on my path of life”

Vicki explores her emotional connectedness to humanity in her sculpture. Finding inspiration through the words of philosophers and spiritual teachers like Rumi, who speak of love and compassion; as well as from inner journeys, 
symbolism and dreams. Each unique piece is sculpted by hand and moulded to shape delicately and skillfully at 
Vicki’s studio using ceramic clay. 

Vicki is also a skilled tutor and loves sharing her wealth of knowledge with others. She enjoys watching them learn technical skills and then seeing their creativity come to life in something formed by their own hands. 

Vicki Charles Background

Growing up in Melbourne Vicki was immersed in culture and art from a young age which fueled her intrinsic creative nature. After leaving school she traveled around Australia and the world, including Europe, which was where she first really discovered art in all it’s glory and was inspired to pursue a creative profession. 

In 2015 a life-changing personal event became the catalyst for Vicki finally finding her sculpture style and what she wanted to say in her works. Her direction in life shifted and so did she, to Nelson to pursue her dream of becoming a professional artist.

Education:

2020 Awarded scholarship, The Learning Connextion, Wellington. NZ

New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (NZQA Level 6) Completed November 2021

Research Interests: Visual Arts, Pastels, Oil Painting, Sculpture, Anatomy,

Composition.

1994 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Associate Diploma of Arts

Research Interests: Visual Arts, Drawing 

 

Group Exhibitions:

 2021 December | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Summer Exhibition"

2020 December | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Summer Exhibition"

2020 October| Orakei School Auckland NZ

2020 October | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Spring Exhibition"

2019 October| Orakei School Auckland NZ

2020 July| Riversdale Art Online Exhibition Riversdale NZ

2019 September | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Spring Exhibition"

2019 March | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Autumn Exhibition’

2019 February | “The Lovers Exhibition” Black Asterisk Auckland NZ

2018 September | Finalist NZ 59th Ceramicists Exhibition Wellington, NZ

2018 May | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘More is More’ Nelson NZ

2018 March | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Autumn Exhibition’

2018 February | Top of the South Ceramists Exhibition at the Suter, Nelson

2018 January | Gallery 55, Nelson, NZ

2017 November | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Summer Exhibition’

2017 November | Craft Potters Gallery, Annual Exhibition

2017 August | Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Gallery ‘Spring Exhibition’

2017 June | Nelson Suter Art Society Suter Group Exhibition ‘Together’

2016 December | Nelson Community Potters Nelson New Zealand

2010 | Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

2009 | Bulleen Art Gallery, Bulleen Australia

2006, 2007, 2008 |Birds Gallery, Kew Australia

2001 | Box Hill Community Center, Box Hill Australia

1995 | Victorian Artist Society East Melbourne Australia

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 November | "We are all Connected" The Suter Gallery, Nelson NZ

 

Juried Selection and Awards

2022 March  "Finalist for Richard T Nelson Award" Wellington

2022 March  Finalist  8TH HIBISCUS & BAYS ART AWARDS Auckland

2021 December  Selected for “Top of South Ceramists Exhibtion”,The Suter Gallery, Nelson NZ

2021 Finalist for the "Small Sculpture Award" Waiheke Island

2021 Finalist for the "Richard T Nelson Award" Wellington

2021 Finalist for the "Lysaght Watt Trust Award" Hawera

2021 Finalist for “Diamond Jubilee 60th National" Exhibition Dunedin

2021 Finalist for “Kumeu Arts Awards”

2019 November  Selected Top of the South Ceramists Exhibition, The Suter Gallery, Nelson NZ

2018 August  Selected as finalist for the Ceramics NZ 59th National Exhibition

2018 March Craft Potters Mike Rodgers Award, Runner up, Sculpture Category, Hope NZ

2017 December Selected The Suter Gallery ‘Fire & Earth, Body & Bone Exhibition’ Nelson NZ

 

Galleries Past/Present:

Manyung Gallery Melbourne Australia

Ora Gallery Wellington NZ

The Art Shed Napier NZ

Arty Nelson, Nelson NZ

The Suter Gallery Nelson NZ

Art Matakana Gallery, Matakana, NZ

Arty Nelson, Nelson NZ

Black Door Gallery, Parnell Auckland NZ

Parker Gallery, Nelson NZ

Gravity Gallery, Mahana NZ

Quirky Fox, Hawera NZ

Origin Gallery, Nelson NZ

Central Art Gallery, Queenstown NZ

Commissioned Sculpture Australian Clients

Private NZ Art collector

Tutor Sculpture

Vicki Charles Sculptor Studio

NMIT Nelson NZ

Nelson women’s Center

Nelson Community Potters Nelson NZ

Craft Potters Hope NZ

Voluntary Positions

Treasurer, Nelson Suter Art Society

Treasurer, Arts Council, Nelson

Treasurer and Secretary, Nelson Italian Club

 

 Publications

2019 -https://issuu.com/studiosnz/docs/issue_5_creative_nelson pages 12-13

 2020- https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/300174059/art-society's-Christmas-exhibition-not-your-normal-art-show

2020 - @artcollective_nz

2021 -Selected to feature in  “Perpetual Garden 2022 calendar”

2022 -https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/127873438/sculpting-a-career-in-art