In the Fold WORKSHOP 12/02/22 Tamborine Mt


3 in stock

3 in stock

Saturday 12th February 2022

Tamborine Mountain
location to be disclosed

9:45am – 3pm


In the fold is my latest in-person workshop which presents a playful approach to experimenting with commercial and wild clay bodies. With emphasis on creativity and exploration, we will test a range of locally sourced and commercially mined minerals, rocks, pigments and clays; and discover how these can add wonderful new textures and effects to your ceramic ware. Along with making a collection of test pieces, participants will hand build a small vessel, made from a combination of clays. A wheel thrown greenware dish will also be provided for everyone in order to explore their surface further by using wild clay slips, oxides, wood ash, terra sigillata and burnishing.

The workshop will include:

  • a limited and special selection of commercial and locally sourced clays, porcelain and minerals will be provided, along with tools and equipment to use on the day.
  • coffee / tea and morning tea will be waiting for you on arrival.
  • we will take time as a group to enjoy a delicious lunch (most dietary requirements can be catered for). During this time, I will share parts of my research of Tamborine Mountain’s geology, past potters and the Wild Women Wild Clay project.
  • a wheel thrown dish to decorate on (greenware)
  • all work produced on the day will be fired and be available to collect from my studio on Tamborine Mountain within 3 weeks. I can also arrange a Gold Coast collection. Postage of work may be arranged at an additional cost.

Suitable for beginners and experienced clay folk. Participants are welcome to bring their own clay tools, local collections, burnishing stone* and a sketch/ notebook to make records. *a burnishing stone is just a smooth stone that fits comfortably in your hand. The back of a spoon works just as well, as these will be provided.
Please also bring an apron, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing with closed toe shoes. We will be working in a bright, cool and open-air space with plenty of opportunity to socially distance. We will be following Queensland Government and Health covid regulations. Participants will need sign in with the Qld check in app as well as show their vaccination certificate. Depending on the advice at the time of the workshop, masks may be needed.

I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging, recognising connections to Wangerriburra Country, history, culture and spirituality through this location which my family live, learn and work. As an artist, I strive to ensure I walk softly on this earth and that my practice continues in a manner that respects and honours the Elders and Ancestors of these lands. It’s important to note that we will not be collecting local clays or materials during this workshop. There will be an introductory discussion about collecting and processing local materials; the practical and ethical approach.

About me
My ceramic practise is driven by my fascination of the minerals and clays underneath, the layers of the earth and how we uncover them. Echoing my local landscape and using raw volcanic clays from Tamborine Mountain I look to geological metamorphosis and histories when developing my concepts. In recent years I have published 2 research articles with The Journal of Australian Ceramics and the Qld History Journal based on oral histories about past potters of Tamborine Mountain, and the clays they sourced. I have exhibited in Australia, U.K. and the States in solo, group and award exhibitions. As a senior Art and Media teacher of 20 years, I meticulously plan and deliver learning experiences that are rich with knowledge, are fun and support diverse needs. In 2019 I left the classroom to concentrate on my art career full time. I create from my home studio; a reclaimed underground bunker, located in the Gold Coast hinterland on Tamborine Mountain.

About the location
Please note: due to the dramatic rise of Covid cases and reported exposure risks I have made the decision to relocate this workshop to a larger venue with ample outdoor working spaces on Tamborine Mountain. Participants will have their own table to work at and be able to socially distance while still feeling apart of a happy clay community. Exact address will be provided closer to the date. Rainforests and local attractions such as cafes and art studios are close by.

Cancelation policy
Please do not attend this event if you are unwell. In the case of sickness or the need to isolate please get in touch via email as soon as possible. It’s been a difficult time for everyone, and we are still navigating within a constantly changing environment. If you are unable to attend due to health issues you will be able to receive a full refund up to 48 hours before the event. After that time, you can gift your place to a friend or receive a 70% refund. There may even be the opportunity for you to join a similar workshop at a later date. *NB- Very last minute cancellations or no shows will not receive a refund or exchange option. In order for this workshop to run, I will require a minimum of 8 participants, if insufficient numbers enrol, I reserve the right to cancel and refund all payments.

Please ignore shipping and care instructions below as they are not applicable. 


Care Instructions

All of my ceramic pieces sold are useable and made to store liquids. The body of each piece is made using one of Australia’s finest porcelains, fired to 1280°C and fully vitrified.  Due to the nature of combining various stoneware, raw minerals and porcelain clays, your work may have some very superficial (thin and only surface deep) spilts on the outside. This is rare, but does not change the function of the work. If your cup/vessel leaks, of course please contact me, however, all cups are checked and tested before sale.

If your ceramic piece has not been glazed, rather has a polished finish, I have applied Liquid Quartz ceramic sealer, which is a food safe, permeating sealer designed for use on unglazed ceramic ware. Click here for more information about this product.  Due to the thin walls of your porcelain piece, please be mindful that hot liquids will be hot to touch if in a porcelain cup. Careful hand washing of your ceramic ware is advised.


I will ship orders within 4 days of receiving the payment. They will be well packaged with recycled packing materials and sent by Australia Post. A tracking number will be provided via email. Australia Post Standard is generally 3-10 days with tracking – no insurance. Please contact me if you would like to add insurance or express postage. COVID has impacted greatly on international shipping. I am currently able to provide standard and express postage to USA, Canada, New Zealand & Singapore. Any import duties, fees, &/or taxes payable in your country are the responsibility of the buyer. U.K. buyers please contact Thrown Contemporary in London to purchase.

If you end up paying too much for shipping I will refund you the access via PayPal and send you a message to let you know. 


If you have purchased a Live Zoom Workshop, you will receive a confirmation and reminders leading up to the event. 24 hours prior to the event the link to the event will be emailed to the email that you registered with. If you do not attend the event, there are no refunds offered, however all registrants will be provided with PDF resources. The online event and resources are copyright and all registering participants agree that they will not share, reproduce or alter them.