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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. 

View Tony’s website here and his Instagram here

Roz Hall

Roz Hall

Roz Hall

Roz (she/her) began working with clay in high school and, finding a love for the materiality and endless malleability of clay, now studies a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Ceramics at the ANU School of Art & Design.  Still figuring out the direction of her practice, Roz plays with all aspects of ceramics.  She finds satisfaction in the magical nature of wheel throwing and making BIG things when hand building.  Glaze chemistry and experimental firings pique her interest too.  Roz loves helping people crack tricky problems and imparting tips here and there that might just make the process click!  Her favourite part about teaching is seeing students do their own thing and feel confident with clay!

You can find Roz on Instagram.

Sue Cant 

Sue Cant 

Sue Cant

Sue is the Education Program Manager for Canberra Potters, bringing a wealth of experience as a 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. Sue has 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.

View Sue’s Instagram here

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. 

View Paul’s Instagram here.

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 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.  

View Maryke’s Instagram here

Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders

Mark first started making ceramics as a high school student when his art teacher introduced the class to the pottery wheel. Intrigued by the possibilities of working with clay he enrolled in a TAFE course to study ceramics. Afterwards he went on to study further and hone his skills as a hobby for the next 15 years until he eventually graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Art, majoring in ceramics. 

In the years since graduating university he has developed his own art practice while also working in the ceramics education industry, including teaching workshops and various classes. With over 20 years of experience making ceramics Mark has gained a diverse skill set, specialising in slipcasting. plaster mould making, throwing and midfire glazes.

 You can find Mark on Instagram here.