Alichia van Rhijn is a artist, sculptor and teacher who runs a small arts-based practice under her brand Hearth Collective.
Hearth Collective is a multi-disciplinary studio producing works ranging from ceramics, woodworking and metalware, as well as hosting workshops around Victoria, teaching various skill-sets.
Currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT and having a background in Architecture and Design, she has always had a strong passion for aesthetically pleasing objects and the process in making them.
After selling functional-ware in numerous boutiques around Australia for a few years, her natural progression into art was a culmination of the pure enjoyment of making and the satisfaction of creating objects and forms that initiate thought and contemplation.
At the end of 2016, Alichia was involved in her first group show New Primitives, at Stockroom Gallery in Kyneton, a group ceramic show investigating the history of ceramics in a contemporary setting.
Alichia is deeply passionate about nature as well as the built environment and draws a lot of her inspiration from her travels and the spaces she encounters. The connection to nature, her immediate environment and the notion of human experience and interaction are all fundamental aspects of her practice.