Chloe Abla followed her dream of becoming a practicing ceramicist after a trip to the USA in 2017. She met her auntie who is also a ceramic artist, and a love of clay now connects them across oceans as they share their latest creations.
Chloe works in education, following her creative venture after hours as it brings her “so much happiness.” On what drives her, Chloe says “it certainly isn’t money that has ever driven this dream, but the creative process, the challenge. It’s that final feeling when I place a finished piece on the shelf after weeks of effort and think ‘far out, did I really make that?!’”
Inspired by Geographe Bay, which is mere moments from her Busselton home, you’ll see hand drawn whales, sandy textures and ocean-coloured glazes in Chloe’s beautiful clay creations. Coming from a Ghanaian background Chloe is also inspired by African pattern and bright colour.
Chloe recently moved into her purpose-built shed in the leafy garden of her much loved 1950s cottage, and she’s busily adding unique décor such as hand basins and cupboard knobs.
She can’t wait to share her new space with visitors for the first time during Margaret River Region Open Studios, to complete the creative process. “Of course, the ultimate drive is when someone else finds happiness and individuality in one of my creations. I send it off, the shelf space is cleared, ideas flow to create something new and the process starts all over again!”
Meet Chloe Abla (@claybychloeabla) at 141 Bussell Highway, West Busselton.