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!


2 weeks ago

Olivia O'Connor Carving
What a day! Thrilled and honoured to be awarded First Place in the Neerim Bower Sculpture Prize, Small Sculpture Award for my piece ‘Eagle Hill’ !It is such a fantastic bird themed sculpture event running along the Neerim Main Street and in the hall for the next 2 weeks. Definitely worth the drive into this beautiful country town for some great sculptures! Thank you to everyone involved, and to all of you for your support!#neerimbower #sculpture #firstplace #woodcarving ... See MoreSee Less
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How long do you hold onto things?When I was 12 my Dad was renovating our house. When it came time to put in a bathroom sink, we drove to an industrial estate near the old Epsom racecourse to a place that sold cheap timber slabs and off cuts. He bought a small slab of Huon pine and cut out the hole for the sink. He kept that sink cut out for over 20 years, then gave it to me, I sat on it for a couple years - until last month when I decided to carve a frog climbing across some lily pads! Such a special piece of timber to me ❤️Frog and Three Lily Pads is part of my current exhibition ‘It’s a Beautiful Day Outside’ running until the end of February at @littleoberoncafe #exhibition #art #frog #huonpine #woodcarving ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Olivia O'Connor Carving
‘It’s a Beautiful Day Outside’New solo exhibition opens February 2nd and runs the whole month @littleoberoncafe 💕I had wanted to post a lovely curated photo of this 3 Magpie sculpture ‘The Joy and Terror of Swooping Season’ but alas I’m yet to take any nice pictures - and this one is a true representation of how the work was made - messy bench, cup of tea, yoghurt lid paint palette, reference for other carvings (frogs) littering the space and quickly discarded materials for ideas ideas that did not work. I’ve got some brand new carvings on and a set of 6, fresh off the press (back of a teaspoon) printed wood engravings that I would love to share with you all. #exhibition #art #magpie #bird #birdsinart #messy #madeinsouthgippsland ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Olivia O'Connor Carving
As I’m getting ready for my 12th (or maybe it’s my 13th?!) Lost Trades Fair, I’d like to share with you one of my favourite memories. At my first fair, 2 very young girls and their father stopped to watch me for ages - the girls were so engaged and it was just really nice. Fast forward to the next 4 or 5 fairs where each year they would bring me pictures or real life examples of the woodwork projects they were doing at home with their dad. It was so special, they’d run over to me, excitedly shouting about using a hammer or saw for the first time. Every year their dad thanked me for inspiring his daughters into a hobby they could all do together. I haven’t seen them for the last several years, but I really hope they still enjoy creating together 🥰 See you in March @losttrades ... 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!