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2016 Guest Artists in Residence

Vanessa Lucas & Courtney King

7 March - 27 May 2016










Working in the Artist in Residence Studio at Northcote Pottery Supplies enabled the development of the collaboration with artist Courtney King.

Previously we had been working in separate locations and firing some work in the NPS kilns. Working together on-site was more efficient, more enjoyable and eliminated some of the mishaps that occur when moving pots between studios.

During the residency much testing was carried out to establish a way of working with materials that change colour after firing. It has required great application and practice for Courtney to transfer her textile design skills to the surfaces of my slip cast porcelain vessels.

Looking closely at the natural world Courtney concentrates on elucidating aspects of decomposition, topography and cellular structure.



Sarah Tracton

13 June - 2 September 2016



Robyn Phelan

19 September - 9 December 2016










I spread my creative work around research, writing, teaching and making. I had reached a stage in my studio practice where I needed to ‘bite the bullet’ and sort a glaze colourant that was no longer available.

My residency at Northcote Pottery enabled me to run one to two day tests on different oxide and stain colourants on a range of different bodies. In my studio, it would take months for me to make enough work to run the large kilns so often.

I also took the opportunity to break away from the purely sculptural forms that I had been creating since graduating from RMIT. My creative proposal to Northcote Pottery was to solve a question: What Vessel Might I Make? The comparatively generous space and brilliant natural light of the Northcote Studio allowed me to make larger scale vessels and to have all works on display at the same time to compare shape and form. I was also able to nut-out a way of greatly increasing the scale my sculptural trees.

I really appreciated the creative people around me, my fellow studio artist and the staff at Northcote Pottery who were a wealth of knowledge and interest.  

At the completion of my Artist in Residency, I had the major realisation that a residency doesn’t mean relocating to an entirely new culture or ‘oversees’. Undertaking a residency is a mindset, and at Northcote I set projects and came up with many new technical and creative directions that I am still working through today.

Detailed post-residency write up with images from Robyn available on her blog here.