Olivia O’Connor


Olivia O'Connor, woodcarver and artist with sculpture art



I specialise in handmade rocking horses and rocking horse restoration, I am living and working in South Gippsland, Victoria.

I grew up on a farm on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula. It was the perfect environment to develop a love for natural materials, such as wood and leather, and to appreciate the beauty of the countryside.

A love of working with timber led me to I study Furniture Design and Construction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, for one year before being accepted into the competitive Prop Making course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. During this three-year specialised degree, I worked with wood, leather, foam-sculpting, model- and mould-making and puppet making.


My Work

Wood Carving


Prints / Engravings

Rocking Horses



I’ll be at the Heide Makers Market the 2nd Saturday of the month September – December!

What a day!Feeling very honoured to have my work assessed by the Artisans Guild of Australia and be nominated into position of ‘fellow’. Pictured with my friend and mentor, Bruce Walker (who also hand lettered my beautiful certificate). It was particularly special to have Bruce present my certificate as his work and support is second to none! Thank you!! ❤️#fellow #artisan ... See MoreSee Less
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Ruby girl 💕Todays chilly weather has seen her take on her Management role from her workshop bed…and blanket! She’s never far and even if she’s napping on the job she knows what’s happening 🥰2nd pic by @everyday_nicky for @bushjournal ✨ #ruby #manager #workshopboss #cattledog ... See MoreSee Less
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One week left to see my exhibition, ‘LOCAL LIFE: Moments of Joy from South Gippsland’ at @meeniyanartgallery (closes 27th Nov). It is a collection of reduction print wood engravings, free standing and wall hanging sculptures - all inspired by my love for this area 💕 Thank you to those that have visited and to those that have bought pieces - it fills me with joy that people choose my art for their homes. There are still a few works left, or if something catches your eye and it has already sold, please get in touch. Thank you all for your support 🥰 #art #gallery #southgippsland #woodcarving #sculpture #woodengraving ... See MoreSee Less
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Big weekend coming up!Saturday: I’ll be running woodblock carving classes at the @melbfoodandwine regional event in Inverloch (along with a bunch of other local artists, presented by @onclarenceloch) - it’s included in your ticket price!Sunday: Please join me at 2pm at @meeniyanartgallery to see my current exhibition (LOCAL LIFE: Moments of Joy from South Gippsland) and chat to me about my woodcarvings and engravings!#artyweekend #foodandwine #inverloch #meeniyan ... See MoreSee Less
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From 1 day classes where you’ll dip your toe into the world of woodcarving, through to 5 day workshops, making something decorative or learning technical skills. Join me in a workshop, let the creativity flow and the fun begin!