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Tony Steel

Tony Steel

Tony Steel

Trained as a sculptor, Tony is passionate about the role of art to help enhance community and improve people’s lives. 

Tony Steel has worked with clay since he was a child, loving the tactility and earthiness of the material. He graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts (Sculpture), Canberra School of Art (now ANU School of Art and Design) in 1995. His involvement with the Canberra Potters dates back to 2014 when he taught a special needs group of students from Belconnen Community Services. During these classes he championed the positive effect working with clay can have on those with disabilities. Tony has since been regularly engaged to teach during our popular school holiday program. 

Since graduating from the ANU, Tony has had numerous exhibitions and commissions. In the public domain he has collaborated on large ceramic sculptural and mosaic works with school children and community. Tony enjoys people and is passionate about the role of art to help enhance community and improve people’s lives. 

Website: http://horwitzsteel.com.au/default.asp 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tonydsteel/ 

Sue Cant 

Sue Cant 

Sue Cant

Sue is a qualified teacher and passionate potter who brings extensive experience to her Canberra Potters classes.

As well as being passionate potter, Sue is a qualified teacher and brings extensive experience in working with children, adults and people with disabilities to her classes.

In her ceramic practice Sue uses both wheel throwing and hand building techniques to explore ceramic forms as a means of human connection through daily ritual and interaction. She is interested in the cultural meaning we attach to the ceramic vessels we use in everyday life.

Sue enjoys sharing her love of clay with students and helping them explore the many ways clay can be used to create both functional ware and sculptural forms.

Paul Dumetz

Paul Dumetz

Paul Dumetz

Paul makes both sculptural and functional work and has been assisting classes at Canberra Potters for over 10 years. 

Paul Dumetz started working as technical assistant at Canberra Potters in 2006, and began assisting in pottery classes at Canberra Potters in 2009. He studied at the ANU School of Art from 2001-2006, completing a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Arts in ceramics. 

 Paul makes both sculptural and functional work, enjoying the variation that each stream of practice can give him. His sculptural work reflects a keen interest and fascination with animals and their significance in their ecosystems. His aim is to capture the beauty, character, strength, purity, and emotion of these creatures. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulie_dumetz/ 

Maryke Henderson

Maryke Henderson

Maryke Henderson

Maryke is a practicing ceramic artist, potter and arts educator with over 38 years of experience. 

Maryke loves to teach and share the knowledge that she has gained over the 38 years of exploring clay with her students. Before moving to Canberra in 2002 to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) degree with Honours, she taught ceramics at the New England Institute of TAFE (Tamworth Campus), during which time she attended many workshops, conferences and courses around the state to improve her skills and knowledge. 

As well as her passion for pottery, Maryke’s love for preparing tasty meals for friends and family compliments her practice. Form and function are an intrinsic part in her design process, and the pots that she uses to present the food enhance the pleasure of sitting around the table sharing both food and conversation.  

Maryke joined the teaching team at Canberra Potters in 2003, during which time she has worked with both children and adults in term classes and teaching short courses.  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marykehenderson/ 

Katrina Leske

Katrina Leske

Katrina Leske

Katrina Leske photo

Katrina is passionate about wheel-throwing, through which she makes refined functional ware and organic sculptural works. 

Katrina Leske has been part of the Canberra Potters team since 2017. Throughout her studies and since graduating from the ANU School of Art and Design with Honours in 2018, she has been an active member of the regional ceramic community. Currently working as a teacher and the Gallery Manager at Canberra Potters, she is thrilled to be able to introduce more people to the wonderful world of clay through both of these roles. 

Katrina is passionate about wheel-throwing, and explores bodily process and movement in both her functional and sculptural works. She is drawn to the self-contained beauty and simplicity of the circular forms and is interested in how physical processes can affect an understanding of the handmade ceramic vessel. The desire to engage in a lived, bodily experience is her primary concern: ceramics is an innately tactile medium, and it is this materiality which draws her to working with clay. 

Katrina finds great satisfaction in her practice and teaching, and loves the versatility that clay offers. 

 

Website: https://www.katrinaleske.wordpress.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katrinaleskeceramics 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katrinaleskeceramics 

Jo Townsend

Jo Townsend

Josephine Townsend

Jo Townsend is the Education Program Manager for Canberra Potters. She brings a wealth of experience as a high school teacher and practicing ceramic artist to this role. She loves teaching the occasional course but her main role is in supporting the excellent teachers at Canberra Potters and growing the range and quality of the courses on offer. 

Jo enjoys the endless variety that clay as a medium provides. Her functional work is inspired by the colours and textures of nature and is designed to fit the hands and feel lovely as well as to be strong and practical (e.g. dishwasher safe).