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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/ 

Suzanne Fox

Suzanne Fox

Suzanne Fox

Suzanne has been an active and valuable member of the Canberra Potters community for many years She is a graduate of the ANU School of Art. A passionate handbuilder she has been teaching children and adults at Canberra Potters since 2014. Suzanne was instrumental in our successful grant application to develop and run Pottery for All a short courses for seniors and subsequent exhibition. In addition to her usual classes she teaches a weekly U3A pottery class that uses Canberra Potters workshop facilities.

Richilde Flavell

Richilde Flavell

Richilde Flavell

Richilde is known for her functional pottery under the name of “Girl Nomad Ceramics” and brings a lighthearted approach to teaching. 

Richilde is a Canberra based artist working with ceramics. Material curiosity orientates Richilde’s practice: she is interested in using clay in a variety of ways to articulate and explore her surroundings. This process has resulted in experimental, gallery based projects, where ceramics are used in spatial installation informed by experience of the natural environment. Richilde also makes functional work under the name Girl Nomad Ceramics. 

As a teacher, Richilde is especially interested in what her students wants from their time at Canberra Potters. Many people choose a pottery class to unwind and to do something tactile with their hands, others have a specific goal or project in mind. Richilde will facilitate a light hearted and exploratory class whatever a student’s aims. 

Richilde received a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Ceramics) from the Australian National University in 2015. For her graduating work shereceived several Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards, including the Craft ACT Exhibition award, the Strathnairn Arts Inaugural Anita McIntyre Exhibition and Residency award and the Canberra Potters’ Society Residency. 

Website: https://girlnomadceramics.com/ 

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

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

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/