Penny Ryan is a Sydney artist, working most recently in ceramics. After working for many years as a researcher, social activist and consultant she studied printmaking at Meadowbank TAFE. She then majored in ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney. She is currently doing her Masters of Fine Arts there, exploring Australians’ responses to the issue of people seeking asylum, with a participatory art project, The Confined Hearts Project.
Her works in ceramics are driven from ideas and take a non-functional form, frequently exploring the consequences of our history and how we are addressing the present. Her work is often large scale and frequently pushes against the constraints of working with clay.