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TUTORS AT NORTHCOTE POTTERY SUPPLIES

Claire Johnson
Claire Johnson has worked in the ceramic industry for the past 14 years Having studied ceramics at Chisholm Tafe she went on to become a facilitator of children’s clay activities for Clayplay Inc as well as tutoring VCE students and groups with Acquired Brain Injuries. She has worked for commercial manufacturers including Robert Gordons and Clayworks and has undertaken commissions from companies such as TXU and Heatmaster. Currently Claire is working in her own studio at the foot of Mt Dandenong creating a range of wheel thrown graphic pots. 
 

Glenn England
Glenn  has been teaching ceramics for the past 27 years. She has recently retired, moved to the Dandenong Ranges and re-established her studio there.  Glenn started her formal ceramics training in 1981 at Bendigo School of Mines. In 1985 she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Ceramic Design) at Monash University, Caulfield and in 1996 a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts (Ceramics), Monash University. Over 35 years Glenn’s ceramics have been an ongoing narrative of her experiences, interests and inspirations. She is currently enjoying the freedom to explore her environment and make a body of work evoking a sense of time, place and memory.

Lesley Ens 
Lesley is an experienced ceramic teacher. She has been teaching wheel throwing and hand building classes at CAE, Box Hill TAFE and community neighbourhood houses for over 17 years. She is an enthusiastic teacher who loves sharing her extensive knowledge about the process of wheel throwing with her students. She likes to create a learning environment that is fun, informative and supportive so that students can be at their creative best.

Dawn Vachon 
Dawn is a Canadian born ceramic artist currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2004 Dawn has been studying and creating ceramics. She completed a four year Fine Arts Degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver) in 2008, with a focus on ceramics. Dawn's work has been featured in The Age, The Design Files and numerous magazines. Her work is stocked in SMALLpieces and Craft in Melbourne. Most recently Dawn has been invited to exhibit in 'Back to the Table: Tableware by Emerging Ceramic Artists', at Sturt Gallery, NSW. Dawn also teaches the Surface Safari one-day workshop at Northcote Pottery Supplies.


Raymond Laurens 
Raymond has been involved in the ceramics industry for over half his life. Learning mould making stills at KAARL Moulds & Ceramics, he then completed an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics at Holmsglen TAFE. From there he started his own mouldmaking business, manufacturing for high profile artists before taking on a role as Production Manager at Elliot Golightly. He is now Director of Northcote Pottery Supplies and runs our mouldmaking courses and one-day workshops.

Raymond is fascinated with the beauty of imperfection and finds working with moulds the perfect way to explore this, manipulating seemingly identical slipcast forms to create quite individual works of art. 

Bridget Foley
Bridget's work is hand thrown on a potter's wheel using porcelain clay. She mixes all her own glazes and fires them in a gas kiln to 1300 C. She uses glazes such as celedons, chun, tenmoku and copper reds in a variety of ways, as well as constantly experimenting with glaze combinations that give her work a unique look.

Her work is mostly tableware, particularly different sizes of bowls, which are made to be used and enjoyed everyday. Because the ceramics is high fired, it is very strong and durable and is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Bridget's ceramics make perfect gifts for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and Christmas. Visitors are welcome to make an appointment to view and buy her work at her studio gallery. She also has annual open days in Alphington and Williamstown, dates for which are listed under the About/Upcoming shows section.  She is also available to make special commissions and to conduct masterclasses from her home studio

Jennifer Conroy
Jennifer holds a BA(Hons) in Ceramics and Glass, graduating with a First Class Honours from Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent - the revered home of European ceramic production since the 17th century.
Jennifer is also a qualified Lecturer, holding a PGCE in post compulsory education. Specialising in further, higher, and adult education, Jennifer has many years experience teaching in various Institutes and groups including Colleges, Universities, Adult learning and private tuition. Jennifer has also led workshops and courses in some of London's top Musuems and Galleries, including The British Museum, The Wallace Collection, The National Gallery, The Wellcome Collection, and Keats House.
With a passion for helping others express themselves creatively, Jenniferʼs studio practice has always coexisted alongside teaching, splitting her time between her own studio in North Melbourne, where she works to commission on a range of Sculptural Ceramics projects, spanning a varied collection of work from wall pieces to suspended forms, installations and sculptural vessels.

Debbie Pryor
Debbie  trained in ceramics and glass at UniSA in the mid 90's. Since that time her profession has primarily focused on curating and writing about Australian craft, and she has held curatorial positions at JamFactory (Adelaide), Australian Design Centre (Sydney) and Craft (Victoria). Since relocating to Melbourne in 2011 Debbie has been handbuilding ceramics in her home studio and stocks ceramic works and jewellery in various locations around Victoria.

Arcadia Scott
Arcadia trained at Northcote Pottery Supplies and is a self-employed potter working from her home studio in Brunswick Victoria. Working with a range of clays and glazes, her designs are inspired by the tactile nature of the form.

Creating both hand built and wheel thrown pieces, she makes items that are functional, tactile and expressive. Her work can be found in a number of stockists across Australia as well as attending different markets such as Finders Keepers.

 In August 2017, Arcadia resigned from her full time role as a National Sales Manager to pursue the dream of being a full time potter. 

“I love the endless possibilities of working with clay— you are always learning and experimenting and more often than not, the unplanned outcomes become your favourites.” — Arcadia Scott 

Janetta Kerr - Grant
Janetta Kerr-Grant is a ceramic artist with a dual practice – creating hand built sculptural work for exhibitions across Australia and making functional tableware for design retailers in Melbourne and Sydney. She has a first class honours degree in ceramics from RMIT and has been awarded an Australia Council Grant. She has undertaken residencies in rural New South Wales and Finland and her work has been placed in public collections. Her work is characterized by a melding of mood, imagery, surface and form.

Janetta has extensive experienced in wheel throwing, hand building and a wide range of decorating techniques.  “I believe in encouraging students to explore different approaches as central to my role as teacher. It is in that exploration of materials, tools and techniques that really individual ideas can be expressed.

Philippa Taylor
Philippa studied a B.A Craft Hons at Monash University in 1997. Her work focused on wheel thrown, hand carved porcelain wares, which were reduction fired with celedons glazes.

In 1999, she trained as a Visual Arts teacher and has taught in schools for over 15 years. Since her return to pottery practice 3 years ago, this year she was a finalist in two ceramic awards, recieved a recognition award for one.
Her works are sold at QAGOMA.

Currently her work is focused on surface decoration, wheel thrown and slab built vessels in porcelain and stoneware. One day she hope to build a gas kiln and reacquaint herself with her 20 year old glaze recipes.