Fired Up July 2020
Steve Roper has been involved in education and art in Canberra since 1978. He has a background in painting, architecture, and since 2008, ceramics. His practice currently revolves around creating ceramic sculptures, drawing influence from cartoons, African and Pacific Islander art, graffiti and street art.
His work is hand built, mostly using the coil and pinch techniques that are commonly used by potters. Mostly he makes work for his own enjoyment, but is always happy to see his works go to a loving home.
His sculptures have received awards from the Australian Ceramics Association, and at the Royal Canberra Show.
Julie Pennington is a ceramic artist based in Canberra. Her methodically crafted vessels and sculptural works are characterised by her distinctive and innovative approach to the enduring technique of coil building. Predominately Julie utilises the medium of porcelain, working slowly and methodically to investigate the subtleties and complexities of pattern and texture. This work is underpinned by Julie’s early experiences of textiles, drawing and printmaking. Julie’s career in the visual arts began in the field of Textile Design, before pursuing her interest in ceramics and completing a Diploma of Ceramics at Moss Vale TAFE in 2010. Since graduating Julie has undertaken artist residencies at Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong NSW, Can Serrat Art Space in Barcelona, Spain, and Gunyah A.I.R, North Arm Cove NSW.
In 2016 Julie was awarded the Significant 3D Award in the Stanthorpe Art Award Qld, and was the winner of the Scott Brickworks Award in the North Queensland Biennial Ceramic Awards in 2018. Julie has been selected and invited to exhibit nationally and internationally and was recently featured in the publication Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans by Amber Cresswell Bell.
Sue Peachey’s exploration of clay started with a foundational course at Canberra Potters Society. She became a member soon after and began steadily honing her skills, moving from beginner’s classes to more advanced, with experienced teachers Chris Harford, Cathy Franzi, Richilde Flavell, Rick Beviss and Suzanne Fox. She has enjoyed acquiring a broad range of skills such as majolica, lids and galleys, sgraffito, terra sigillata, raku, glazing, throwing plates, firing the kiln, mould making, slip casting, and nerikomi.
She has shown her work in Canberra Potters’ Members’ Exhibitions and learnt from visiting ceramic artists John Tuckwell (2018), Srinia Chowdhury (2018) and Anne Mossman (2020). Sue’s current practice is exploring mid-fire coloured porcelain, nerikomi, and wagons with wheels.
She is also a published poet and permaculture landscape designer.