Plate decorated by Helen Ilich at Isobel ceramic studio in Oakleigh. Helen migrated to Melbourne from Croatia in 1953 with her two children, her husband already having arrived. She had always wanted to be an artist but rarely had the opportunity or parental support to pursue her passion. This continued in Australia but she found a degree of artistic outlet by working in three ceramic studios around Melbourne - Ellis, Isobel (a small independent business) and Guy Boyd's studio which she particularly enjoyed. Helen later joined the Heidelberg Artists' Society and taught painting at home, producing many works of her own.

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Ceramic plate painted with an Australian landscape. There is a large gum tree in the forground and smaller trees and hills in the distance. The ground is brown and dry and there are clouds in the sky.

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