connecting through clay 02 6241 1670
Fran Romano

Fran Romano

Fran Romano

Fran is a ceramic artist and trained social worker who brings a unique perspective to her teaching and student-centred approach. 

With a background in community-work around Canberra, Fran Romano has always had a passion for clay. Since indulging that passion more fully and enrolling at ANU School of Art in 2011, Fran has made clay central to her life.  In her own art practice she explores ideas of decay, memory and nostalgia through use of layering and surface decoration as well as mixed-media installations. Her production arm, FRATTEMPO, embraces one-off decorative homewares and vessels embracing the same themes. 

As a trained social worker, Fran brings a unique perspective to her teaching and a student-centred approach.  She feels that the process is just as important as the outcome and aims to make her classes inclusive and friendly. 

Currently teaching children’s classes at the Canberra Potters, she looks forward to taking her own adult’s classes in the future. 

View Fran’s website here, Instagram here and Facebook here.

Erin Kocaj

Erin Kocaj

Erin Kocaj

Erin makes both functional and non-functional ceramics with linear patterns and references to nature. 

Erin Kocaj was first involved with Canberra Potters in her school years, taking classes during college with the aim of getting into art school. After graduating with Honours in Ceramics from the ANU School of Art in 2011, she joined the Canberra Potters teaching staff in 2016. During this time, she also initiated ‘Claybodies’- a group of local ceramic artists who support, showcase and celebrate ceramics in the community through discussion groups, exhibitions and workshops. 

As an artist she likes to make highly patterned objects, both functional and non-functional. Her works are recognisable by their linear pattern and references to nature that she employs. The quality of the linear pattern can be organic or constructed; often she places the two alongside each other in a contrastive display of balance and tension. 

View Erin’s Instagram here.

Chris Harford

Chris Harford

Chris Harford

Chris Harford is a full-time ceramic artist, known for his refined tableware and teapots, and has been a professional potter for nearly 35 years. High-fired stoneware and porcelain functional work has always been a major focus of his practice. Currently he designs and makes contemporary tableware for a number of prestigious Canberra restaurants, dinner sets for private clients, commissions and pieces for exhibition. 

Harford’s expertise has been largely self-taught, supplemented by traineeships, attending masterclasses, undertaking courses and creating and embracing a wide range of opportunities. In his early career he undertook three months of formal training under the tutelage of master potter Paul Fisher in New Zealand, after which he was offered a part-time teaching position in ceramics at the Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru. Harford moved back to his home town of Adelaide upon being successful in his application for a nine-month studio traineeship at the Jam Factory followed by eighteen months as a tenant. During this time Harford studied Clay and Glaze Chemistry and Kiln Design at the Underdale College of Advanced Education. 

Four years overseas followed, incorporating three months studio work in England and re-establishing a pottery with his wife in Ireland, training locals and using native dug clay. On returning to Australia in 1996, Harford established Spinning Gum Pottery in Canberra and took a part-time  position at the Canberra Potters Society as Workshop Manager, a position he held until 2017. In this role and as a studio holder, Harford assisted countless students, amateurs and professionals in technical and other particularities of the ceramic process. He is sought after for his kiln and wheel maintenance knowledge. Harford has mentored and taught many up and coming local tableware makers. He now works from a studio at his home and continues to teach and run workshops both in Canberra and interstate.

Harford uses a range of techniques to explore his design ideas with the majority of the work being hand thrown on the wheel. The ware is high-fired to 1300C in either gas or electric kilns. Traditional glazes such as Tenmoku, Chun and Celadon are often a feature of his work, however he continues to add to his palette through continual exploration. 

View Chris’s website here.

Cathy Franzi

Cathy Franzi

Cathy Franzi

Dr Cathy Franzi is a full-time ceramic artist who explores ways to represent Australian flora and the environments they inhabit. 

Dr Cathy Franzi is a full-time ceramic artist and was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Arts (Ceramics) from the Australian National University School of Art in 2015. Through her ceramic practice she explores ways to represent Australian flora and the environments they inhabit. 

Cathy brings a depth and breadth of ceramic experience to her teaching. She has worked with potters in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, been a production thrower for large potteries, and participated in conferences and workshops in most ceramic genres. Her aim is to share her fascination with the wealth of cultural and historical ideas that ceramics contain. 

Cathy Franzi’s work is held in public collections, including Canberra Museum and Gallery, Parliament House Art Collection and Manly Art Gallery and Museum. In 2013, a work from her solo exhibition ‘Painting the Hills of Canberra’ was included in the Canberra Centenary Time Capsule. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and undertaken many artist residencies.  

View Cathy’s website here, and her Instagram here.

Anna Rapp

Anna Rapp

Anna Rapp

Anna Rapp is one of our teaching assistants, and is a current student at ANU school of Art and Design specialising in ceramics. She was introduced to pottery at the ripe age of 6 years old, when she was taken after school to Canberra Potters for a kid’s wheel throwing class. Her mother encouraged her to pursue creativity from a young age - for which she is always grateful - and she already loved playing in the mud, so she was hooked!

Only recently has pottery swept her off her feet again, and she is thrilled to be giving back to the community that sparked her interest many years ago. Anna has always felt so much joy when working with her hands, and she has dabbled in many different art forms before setting her priorities to pottery. Her father is a geoscientist, so experimenting with clays and glaze materials and their correlations with the earth helps her feel connected to him while he works overseas. Though not yet a seasoned potter and still looking for her niche, Anna has built up a lot of experience in the past year and learns at a very fast pace. She believes the best way to really learn and internalise knowledge is by teaching, so she is constantly striving to advance herself and her practice while encouraging students to do the same. In her time at Canberra Potters she hopes to plant in her students the same seed of love for pottery that was planted in her, even if it doesn’t grow immediately. 

You can find Anna on Instagram here.

Anna O’Neale

Anna O’Neale

Anna O’Neale

Anna is a ceramic sculptor whose focus lies in the creation of anthropomorphic creatures that blur the boundaries of human, animal and machine. Her contemporary sculptures embody human characteristics, each with their own personality. They are cartoon-like, comical and playful. In 2015 she graduated from the ANU with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Ceramics and in 2016 was awarded a residency with Canberra Potters and started working with us shortly after.

View Anna’s Instagram here.