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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. 

View Katrina’s website here, her Facebook here and her Instagram here.

Jo Townsend

Jo Townsend

Josephine Townsend

Josephine brings a wealth of experience as a high school teacher and practicing ceramic artist to her role as a teacher at Canberra Potters. 

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). 

View Jo’s website here and her Instagram here.

Joey Burns

Joey Burns

Joey Burns

Joey is Canberra Potters’ Technical Manager, but also a fantastic potter and teacher in his own right who makes functional and non-functional work and has a passion for wood-firing.

Joey Burns is based near Gundaroo, New South Wales. He first trained in a production factory making pottery before deciding to study, receiving his Diploma Of Ceramics from Northern Beaches TAFE Sydney. After working as a ceramics technical assistant at the Ernabella Art Centre in outback South Australia, he now works from his home studio making functional pottery. Joey has been an assistant teacher for Canberra Potters’ children’s classes since early 2020.

The works Joey makes are simple reflections of his surroundings, whether it be influences taken from the people and cityscapes of the cities he has lived in, places he’s visited, or landscapes from the rural area he grew up and now lives in. He tries to incorporate a sense of character and personality into his pieces, which he gathers from interactions with people, animals and architecture.

The malleable nature of clay allows Joey to spontaneously create abstracted gestures of these visual, tactile and aural influences. He fires his work in wood burning kilns in order to achieve a non-contrived reference to the colours and surface textures from the original inspiration behind the forms.

View his Facebook here and his Instagram here.

Jackie Lallemand

Jackie Lallemand

Jackie Lallemand

Jackie is a ceramic sculptor who is passionate about making life-size animal characters. An artist in her own right Jackie hand-builds her forms – not using props or armatures but working with the clay as it slowly firms and dries. She uses layers of oxides and coloured engobes to accentuate surface textures and marks to enhance her forms. The firing techniques Jackie uses make her sculptures strong and durable. Like many people she loves to relate to dogs. They have simple honest emotions and live in the moment. They come in all shapes, sizes and characters and have been an endless source of inspiration for her ceramic sculptures, lately joined by roosters and hens.

View Jackie’s Instagram here.

Helen Eatough 

Helen Eatough 

Helen Eatough

Helen is passionate about pottery and started as a teacher at Canberra Potters in 2020.

Pottery has been Helen’s passion for about 20 years. In 2005 she completed a Diploma of Ceramics at the ANU, then continued her study by completing multiple ceramic courses at TAFE up to the end of 2010.

Upon the closure of the ceramics TAFE courses in Goulburn, she decided to build a studio at her home. She now runs her small business “Woodbine Cottage Pottery” (named after her small 1880s cottage) through which she teaches and makes thrown functional ware with a variety of coloured glazes.

View Helen’s website here, and her Facebook here.

Georgina Bryant

Georgina Bryant

Georgina Bryant

Georgie combines beauty and function in her wheel thrown tableware, and has a passion for sharing her pottery skills with others. 

Georgie has been teaching at Canberra Potters since 2014. She has a Masters of Teaching and a passion for sharing her skills and knowledge with others. Georgie enjoys teaching introductory classes, which she loves for the fun, discovery and enjoyment that comes with introducing students to working with clay. She teachers regular wheel throwing classes at Canberra Potters, where she works to develop her students technique and help them reach their goals. 

In her own practice as Linburn Handmade, she combines beauty and function in her wheel thrown tableware. Linburn Handmade is used by numerous restaurants and cafes in Canberra and Sydney as well as by individuals for home use. Georgie is ever keen to experiment with new techniques and to keep learning! 

View Georgie’s website here, her Facebook here or her Instagram here.