TALENTED TWO: Yeppoon’s Clare Botfield and Renton Bishopric won the Queensland Regional Art Awards People’s Choice Award this year with their work Millinoma.
TALENTED TWO: Yeppoon’s Clare Botfield and Renton Bishopric won the Queensland Regional Art Awards People’s Choice Award this year with their work Millinoma. Contributed

Yeppoon art couple win People's Choice Award in competition

IN LOVE with art and each other, Yeppoon couple Clare Botfield and Renton Bishopric were delighted to hear their joint artwork won People's Choice award in the Queensland Regional Art Awards this week.

Submitting their work titled, Millinoma, Clare said the couple made many small pottery bowls with different markings, and participants could look over each of them to see the different impressions, much like human skin.

Potter Renton said he undertook the fascinating task of observing the changes in behaviour of the glazes depending on the atmosphere in the kiln and other variables.

"I analyse the surface down to the millimetre," he said.

Following the competition's theme of Vital Signs, Clare said they knew of several friends and family that had dealt with the ordeal of melanoma.

"This competition is a great initiative for rural artists, and it's good for exposure as well," she said.

Clare, who makes her own jewellery, said the pair planned to make their art a full-time job from next year.



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