Born in NSW Minna Graham grew up roaming a large rural property in the Snowy Mountains. Both Minna’s parents are professional artists. Her father a sculptor and a printmaker mother, Minna was immersed in a rich world full of nature and creativity. As a child any artistic endeavour was greatly encouraged, which in turn instilled in her a need to create. To create became a necessary part of her daily life.
After studying a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium of Music in Newcastle, Minna took to the road to look for a more visual form of expression. While travelling within Australia for several years Minna experimented with various mediums (textiles, costume design, soundscapes, sculpture) inspired by remote landscapes and her observations of life in these places. After finally settling in Daylesford Victoria, Minna undertook a Diploma of Ceramics at the University of Ballarat in 2009. On completion of the diploma in 2012, Minna was awarded the Brian McClellen Award for outstanding achievement.
Over the following years, Minna has worked as a studio potter, her work collected by numerous galleries and private collectors. She is a founding member and Director of Clayspace-Daylesford Region Ceramics Co-operative since 2010, and continues to work in this role. Minna regularly conducts workshops and classes for all age levels in various institutions and privately. Minna continues to travel, and seeks out cultures and countries with strong ceramic traditions. Having participated in courses in Japan, Minna has also spent time learning more primitive traditions in Myanmar, East Timor, Cambodia and across South East Asia. In 2014, Minna undertook a further year of study at Federation University applying herself to a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Ceramics. During the course of the year Minna was awarded the Albert Coates Memorial Award for Excellence and two scholarships, as well as being inducted to the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Minna continues to work from her Daylesford Studio where her work follows the seasons, and nature is still her greatest influence. Minna’s sensitivity to her surroundings is embodied in her work, subtle changes to the seasons and environment are perceived and responded to in every aspect of her arts practice.