Gise is an artist working out of her Hamilton area studio. Born in Graz, Austria, she studied Art at the ‘Hochschule fuer Angewandte Kunst’ in Vienna and then received a degree in Architecture from the ‘Technische Universitaet’ Graz. This background is evident in the exquisite technical detail of her work. Gise relies on manipulating space and form through composition and explores the poetic relationship between inner and outer space through open and closed forms, the rhythm of light and shadow. This duality is extended to the surface detail by juxtaposing textures and colours and fragility and coarseness. Gise has an appreciation for weathered, aged surfaces and subtle colour and more conceptually a desire to create a sense of memory through them. Each piece is formed from a clay slab so no two pieces are ever the same. The resulting effect allows each piece to reveal the history of its process and is intended to evoke a sense of discovery. Having worked with clay for over 20 years Gise’s focus is always on pushing the material and the Raku firing method to new limits. Her work can be found in collections in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Japan.