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Our People

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

Director

Richard was appointed inaugural Director of Canberra Potters in April 2014. His role is to provide strategic planning and creative leadership for Canberra Potters and Watson Arts Centre and manage change through the review and development of programs, business operations, administrative processes, facility management and governance. Richard has spent all of his professional life engaged in the delivery of creative arts services initially as a graphic designer and later as a manger of a multidisciplinary national visual communication consultancy. His passion for visual arts and the ability to deliver creative management and leadership skills and outcomes enable the continued success and growth of Canberra Potters.

Katrina Leske

Katrina Leske

Gallery and Visitor Services Manager

Katrina is the Canberra Potters Gallery & Visitor Services Manager and responsible for running the gallery program and maintaining our high level of visitor engagement with Canberra Potters and Watson Arts Centre. Our Gallery Program, planned twelve months in advance, covers a full calendar year of exhibitions and activities with a primary focus on ceramic arts. As a community gallery access is available to various community organisations and local emerging artists within our gallery program. We are always on the lookout for new and engaging gallery and event opportunities and we welcome your enquiries.

Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders

Technical Manager

Mark is our Technical Manager and is responsible for the smooth and safe operation of the facilities key infrastructure. His knowledge of pottery and experience of ceramic arts practice provides him with the skills to maintain our kilns, wheels and associated technical equipment to ensure the delivery of sound operating services to our members, students and resident artists. Mark’s role includes overseeing the presentation and operation of our three workshops and allied areas and maintaining the workshop tools, machinery, fixtures and fittings. He ensures the workshops are well stocked with all materials necessary for the successful delivery of the programs offered by Canberra Potters.
As a practicing ceramic artist Mark has the relevant hands on skills in firing, programming and use of kilns, diverse firing practices and monitoring developments in technologies, materials and procedures. Mark is keen to share his knowledge and regularly holds workshops in his relevant areas of expertise.
Josephine Townsend

Josephine Townsend

Education Program Manager

Working within a close-knit team environment, Josephine manages the general running of the teaching program liaising with our education area staff of approximately 14 casual teachers. Her duties facilitate the continued success of our education program including children’s and adult classes, master classes, summer and winter schools. Additionally, working with the Director and centre managers she identifies, plans and implements new course offerings. Josephine has over 20 years teaching experience in the ACT, including as a senior teacher managing arts faculties. She has been instrumental in the accreditation of Canberra Potters by the Teacher Quality Institute to provide professional development courses for teachers. She is an emerging ceramic artist with a long association with Canberra Potters  having been involved as a student, teacher and volunteer. This coupled with extensive public service experience in running programs positions her to manage the complexities and competing priorities of our education program.

Paul Dumetz

Paul Dumetz

Workshop Assistant

Paul supports the Workshop Manager and Technical Assistant in their duties. His expert knowledge of workshop practices, current ceramic arts trends and technologies ensure the safe and efficient running of our workshop areas. Paul has had a long association with Canberra Potters and regularly assists with our term and holiday teaching programs. He is a practicing ceramic artist and member of our Potters Place shop.

Kelli Donovan

Kelli Donovan

Shop Manager

Kelli is our Shop Manager and is responsible for the coordination, stocking and presentation of the Canberra Potters shop, onsite and online. The shop offers work made by our talented and experienced members. We showcase a variety of makers specialising in tableware, decorative pieces and jewellery and regularly introduce new makers into the store. In addition, we supply a select range of clays, tools and publications to keep our potters and ceramicists working in clay. Kelli’s passion for retail and her creative background founded over many years in the fashion and business communities ensures that the Canberra Potters shop offers the visitor a unique shopping experience. 

Sue Cant

Sue Cant

Enrolment & Administration Support Officer

Sue assists the Education Program Manager with enrolment and student orientation services. As a qualified teacher she is able to provide sound advice in facilitating the delivery of our educational program. A keen potter in her own right Sue is able to answer any enquiries regarding courses, material costs and student needs that may arise during the term. In addition, Sue has been instrumental in the development and monitoring of our Social Media presence—a growing function of our organisation.

Martine Parsons & Kathy Vivian

Martine Parsons & Kathy Vivian

Finance Team

Martine Parsons (l) and Kathy Vivian (r) undertake the financial day to day operations of the Canberra Potters.