visual artist & educator

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Rowley Drysdale is an artist working primarily in ceramics, sculpture and mixed media assemblages.

His practice spans three decades. His interest was primarily in ceramics, especially wood fired work utilising glaze on functional, traditional form, and the development of unique high fired glazes.

During the last 15 years he has also created a vast body of mixed media wall work concentrating on alternate use of material including raw canvas, earth, fired clay, found objects, dye and other medium.

Drysdale is a published author and has edited and contributed to industry journals both in Australia and internationally. He is a qualified journalist, published poet and short story writer.

He has worked and exhibited widely in countries including Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand and is a vocal advocate for handmade objects, craftsmanship and innovation. He is an outspoken commentator on the way ceramic art is being reported to broader society, particularly by people within the industry.

Rowley Drysdale has a Master of Arts (Research) from Monash University. He teaches part time at Sunshine Coast TAFE.

From 2000 he established Quixotica Artspace on the Sunshine Coast, designing and constructing a small art precinct consisting of a number of studios, kilns, gallery and other buildings in order to host artists and various cultural activities. 


151 Musavale Road Cooroy Queensland 4563

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Quixotica is 20 minutes from Noosa Heads, five minutes from Cooroy. It was established in 2000 and features expansive gardens, a lake, studio facilities, accommodation, a gallery and common area.

Two working wood kilns are central to the workshop facilities which also include gas kilns and a separate visitor’s studio space.

Quixotica has been pieced together over the last decade with a lot of help from many people and it is envisaged it can be a place for artists, art connoisseurs and like minded to visit and enjoy. Specific art classes can be organized, and workshops to coincide with special events such as firings and festivals are scheduled each year.

If you are interested in visiting the gallery, doing a workshop, undertaking more specific art tuition, or organising a weekend stay please contact Rowley Drysdale.