Yoona’s Designs

Originally from the Huon Valley and born in Hobart as a 6th generation Tasmanian, Yoona lived in many towns along the North West Coast before returning to Hobart to study at the Tasmanian School of Art, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Northern Territory.  There are many convicts in her ancestry.  They settled in the Midlands, Fingal Valley, East Coast and Huon Valley districts. After returning to Tasmania with young children Yoona became involved with The Tasmanian Wildlife Park where she set up a Pottery Studio that was open to the public.

“I worked with the native animals as a part-time Animal Keeper’s Assistant and was able to study them closely. As I had already produced work at Art School about the disrespect many Tasmanians showed towards our beautiful animals, it was a natural progression to create a range of native animal designs for the local and visitor markets.  A central theme has been to show Tasmanians what precious and unique creatures inhabit Tasmania’s forests. It was not an easy task to capture realistic likenesses of  the animals as I had been far more familiar with domestic and exotic animals.”