Alexander is inspired by his connection with medieval history and the story a pot can tell. This can be a time, a place, the function or purpose a piece of pottery can impart. Small imperfections like fingerprints add to the story of how a pot was created and these can be further enhanced by the firing process. Salt firing is his favourite method of glazing pots. It is achieved by adding salt into the kiln at 1280c and offers a range of subtle effects, depending on location in the kiln, type of clay and the atmosphere inside the kiln.
To Anne a clay garden pot is cooked earth housing un-cooked earth. Its aesthetic presence is completed by the plant growth it accommodates, but is also the product of her decisions about vessel form and surface treatment.
As with most Eastern arts, pottery is a discipline; as with any discipline, it is not just about the end result but also about the things learned about yourself and life along the way. For over three decades clay has been Chris’ teacher and he continues to learn about it and himself.
Most recently his work has involved collaboration with high-end restaurants for the design and production of tableware. All of his work is hand thrown apart from the occasional foray into slab work. All of the work is fired to 1290°c.
Emma Fleetwood is an early career potter focusing on handbuilt works in raku clays and porcelain. She is fascinated with texture and surface design, and her works frequently explore repeating patterns, raw earthy textures, and juxtaposed stylistic combinations. Drawing creatively from her wide-ranging artistic practice including textiles, interior design and classical Japanese ikebana, each of Emma’s pieces is truly unique. Her range spans jewellery, tableware and her speciality – vases.
Georgina is a potter who designs and makes her own work via Linburn Handmade with a focus on beauty and function. Her pieces are made with care and attention to detail. Her work is generally focused on functional ware. Her distinctive colour palette and unique forms ensure a beautiful creation that is fit for purpose.
Jacqueline works intuitively, influenced by organic forms found in rock, bone and landscape. The peace and calm of the Japanese aesthetic is an inspiration. She creates forms that are unexpected and express strength and movement. Her sculptural vessels are hand built and are an exploration of form and its relationship to space. The surface treatment is multi layered and textured allowing the viewer to see more on each viewing. She uses slips and terra sigilatta in a painterly fashion to add another dimension. These sculptural vessels are designed for a boardroom, foyer or to sit quietly in the garden.
Judy makes a variety of functional and decorative ware, mainly wheel thrown stoneware with some terracotta pieces as well. Her domestic ware is inspired by simple elegant forms that are made for everyday enjoyment. She uses a variety of primary coloured glazes to suit all tastes and adds the occasional stamped decoration. Her range includes mugs, bowls, plates, oil bottles, interesting vases and mosquito coil burners. Her imagination comes to the fore with her cats and mushrooms.
Her terracotta range includes the popular potato cooking pot and salt pigs.
Marion was born in New Zealand and spent her childhood in Switzerland. After meeting her partner Derek they moved to the South of France for ten wonderful years. On a stay in San Francisco Marion took a three month ceramics course and was hooked. After moving to Australia she continued ceramic studies at Randwick tech and the Canberra School of Art graduating in 1983.
Marion enjoys designing tableware and has received numerous commissions from restaurants and hotels in Canberra and interstate. Leaning towards asymmetric and free form designs she finds pouring glaze on glaze gives some freedom and freshness to her platters creating different results every time. Her work also features a clear glaze with simple brush strokes. She continues Raku firing, a technique she has used since Randwick tech and relishes the spontaneity of the firing process with the surprises it can bring.
She was a member of Garema Place Potters gallery, Civic and Trainspotters Gallery, Bungendore and has been with potters place since its inception.
Marlene produces tableware made from stoneware and fired in an electric kiln. A white range has a simple brushwork decoration while her blue tableware relies on the colour of the glaze to draw your eye to the pot.
In addition she makes low fired terracotta pots for microwave use for cooking a variety of vegetables. These are sold as ‘Potato Cooking Pots’. This method of cooking appeals to busy people who are interested in healthy eating . The vegetables are steamed and the pot does not need to be washed.
Her bright and quirky, hand built, earthenware birds are the perfect gift and a welcome decoration to any garden environment.
Inspired by bees and the natural environment Maryanne creates a range of vessels, jars, beakers, dishes and plates. She uses stamp and sprig impressions to add illustrative and decorative elements to her work enhanced by washes of colour and subtle handmade glazes. A lovely addition to any table setting Maryanne’s thoughtful pieces compliment any occasion.
Maryke has always been interested in surface and the ability to create a finish that speaks of layering and aging. Like the forces of nature, unpredictability plays an important part in the process and the final outcome of the surface.
Through her exploration of soda glazing she is able to achieve surfaces that resemble lichens and weathered walls. The works provide a formal canvas to explore the surface and to set up conditions for effects that can never be precisely repeated. The unpredictable painting with fire on the clay over the controlled mark making and construction develops a dimension of tension between the organic and contrived, of nature and man.
Paul’s work reflects a keen interest and fascination of the ‘life form’ and the ‘organism’. His fascination in both Australian fauna and mythological creatures brings his creatures to life. He states, ‘I like to convey an imagined view of life as we see it.’
His work captures the beauty, character, strength, purity, emotion and facial expression of animals and creatures which interest him.
Paul makes a range of creatures from dogs, cats and frogs through to fanciful dragons. His pieces can be worn or simply admired. Recently he has begun to explore a range of soda fired functional ware of drinking vessels and teapots. The glazes he uses on these works emulate ‘ash glaze’ effects.
Shirley has been a hobby potter and artist for over thirty years and a member of Canberra Potters since 2003. She’s also a painter, but loves the colours, textures and lustres that can be created in ceramics with techniques such as maiolica, raku and glaze-on-glaze. She makes forms that can act as a canvas for these techniques and her recent work includes raku fruit, plates and platters.
Suzanne enjoys making pieces that focus awareness on our fragile natural environment.
Each theme she works with determines the many possibilities to explore and develop alternative techniques in the making of an art piece and, equally as enjoyable as the surface of the piece. She has always been interested in the way light affects the colours and textures on the surface of a piece. Suzanne enjoys breaking rules exploring domestic and crawl glazes to develop and enhance each surface to encourage the viewer to engage and touch each artwork.
Suzanne uses a white porcelaneous clay which is rolled out to form a slab and then shaped into a cone. Each piece is individually sculpted giving each figurine unique qualities with different decorations. They are glazed at the raw stage and once fired in an electric kiln to 1210 degrees centigrade.
Velda’s tableware and decorative pieces embody generosity and indulgence. Her passion is to create extra special items for use when rejoicing the celebratory events and milestones of life, and for the everyday pleasures of eating and drinking. The white-on-white slip-trailed surfaces are highly decorative with free-form curlicues, arabesques, simple leaf designs and, at times, gold lustre; some pots are topped with cheeky hand-built creatures. She also hand builds, making simple, direct and immediate forms using the pot as an artist’s canvas with brightly coloured, multilayered glazes, incorporating images of native birds and animals.