15 Aug Our Teachers
We are so fortunate to have such amazingly talented teachers to assist us in facilitating our clay courses. Here is some info on each of them:
The Red Door Studio and Gallery at Fernleigh in the Byron Bay Hinterland is the home of Brooke Clunie and her distinctive range of wheel thrown ceramics.
Brooke creates original custom made and personalised pottery tableware ideal for unique gifts celebrating occasions such as weddings, births, birthdays and christenings.
Brooke also specialises in corporate orders for businesses wishing to create lasting relationships with their clients.
Thrown on the potters wheel and individually decorated with her loose and playful imagery, Brooke’s ceramics celebrate colour, vitality and imagination.
Lucy completed a BA(Hons) in Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins in London, and went on to further her knowledge of clay by assisting several potters across the UK and Italy. She fell in love with wood firing and went on to complete an apprenticeship where her love of soda firing was born. The combination of studying design and learning to wood fire gave her an appreciation of craftsmanship and process.
After 8 years of studying and working for other potters, attending residences and teaching many workshops, she set up her first solo studio here in the Northern Rivers.
Her pots are made both on the wheel and from slabs inviting a challenge in the construction and manipulation of soft clay. Each piece has individual quirks, reflecting the beauty and awkward imperfections of being human. Relying on form and colour to create a sense of whimsical nostalgia, lending itself to these timeless objects and their enriching role in our lives.
The pots are fired in a reduced atmosphere and most have additions of stone and iron added to the clay, creating a varied surface. The use of kanthal wire, and turned wooden handles, invites a duality of traditional and innovative ideas.
Raven was awakened to the potentials of using earth’s clay and minerals for art making at the National art school. This awakening tapped into his fascination with the ecology of the planet and its complex social and environmental systems. His work explores humankind’s relationships with each other and the natural surroundings.
Upon completion of his studies Raven built his wood-fired kilns and has been working full time in the field of ceramics for the past 10yrs. More recently Raven has enjoyed sharing his experience teaching at the Northern Rivers Pottery Supplies.