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above-ground pit firing. smoke and magic

What an enjoyable winter morning at PJ Pottery! A group of my dedicated students had created pots for this pit firing and were rewarded with some fabulous results. We used a variety of combustible materials for colour and effects and now can’t wait to do another firing!

Nicci explaining the unpacking of the pit firing
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Rain, rain, go away

Here on our misty mountain we have had 4 days of rain and more to come, the mould is happy! The biggest problem is that pots won’t dry so heaters are on and the firings are very slow. On a happy note, my Mt Tamborine classes are full and running and a new 5 week course at Gold Coast Potters Mudgeeraba studio is about to start on 25 May. If you are on the Goldie and interested in getting into clay either for the first time or as a return, this is your chance.


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‘Rona came to visit

Yes, I finally got the dreaded virus – so hello 7 days of isolation, then my poor husband got it which turned into 14 days. After losing a few days to coughing, sniffling and fevers, I made the most of my time in the studio: recycling clay, tidying the shelves and of course making teapots! Below are works in progress that I have enjoyed creating with a bit less hurry and distractions than usual.

I also finished a few sample beakers from the recent surface treatment workshop I gave in Redcliffe. I’ve since made a few more which will have a touch of gold added to increase their beautiful blinginess! These have a variety of techniques applied such as slip decoration, inlay, resist, sgraffitto and stencils plus underglaze painting. There are some of these colourful beakers for sale at e360 Design on Gallery Walk, Mount Tamborine.

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handmade love

I was commissioned to make a large hand built planter for siblings who had recently lost their mother. She loved gardenias and this pot was going to hold their mum’s ashes and a gardenia in her honour. It was my honour to create this piece for them. This is a short video of smoothing the surface as I add each new coil.

Video music credit: Emancipator, Greenland, 2010 (Safe in the Steep Cliffs album)

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autumn and clay adventures

at the GC Potters Mudgeeraba Studio
at the PJ Pottery Studio

learning ceramics

There is a chill in the air here on Mt Tamborine signaling the approach of winter. So, out come the jumpers and socks but not much interferes with getting creative and we are getting ready for term 2 of classes at PJ Pottery. There is one space left in the 10 week intermediate class on Thursday nights for people with basic skills in hand building and throwing.

I am excited to announce my return to Gold Coast Potters offering a 5 week introductory course in hand building and throwing. Classes are on Wednesday mornings at Mudgeeraba.

art + music = adventure

The other exciting news is that Tamborine Mountain Arts Collective TMAC will be hosting an Artisan Alley at the Long Sunset Festival presented by QMF featuring Angus & Julia Stone. This “radiant new music event” is on 30 April at Elysian Fields, Canungra. PJ Pottery teapots will be included in the TMAC gallery space.

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PJ Pottery goes on the road

The Clay Surface

I am very pleased to share with you that I am offering The Clay Surface workshop for Ceramic Arts Queensland  hosted by Redcliffe Potters on Sunday 10 April.  explores various decoration methods to apply to clay from the raw surface to onglaze methods.

Attendees will be invited to bring along greenware to experiment on with the underglaze colours, water etching, tissue transfers, sgraffito and carving. We will also play with surface treatments on leather hard clay like sprigging, stamping, inlay, applying slip and impressions with texture.

Bookings are now open on the Ceramic Arts Queensland website where you will find all the details.

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pottery rocks!

Happy New Year! I am pleased to say that in 2022 pottery continues to go strong. My classes are full and back for term 1 and my students are as keen as to learn more about this wonderful craft. I am receiving commissions regularly, these are always a welcome challenge and I feel privileged to be able to create handmade pieces to order.

I love teaching and sharing my skills and so I am doing some short instructional videos that I will post here and on my social media pages. As a bit of a teaser, this is one surface treatment process using a thin masking tape to create lines in a glaze. This piece is not fired yet so you’ll have to wait with me to see the results!

revealing the pattern by peeling back the tape through the glaze
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Goodbye 2021 + Hello 2022!

What an incredible year of ups and downs for us all. I feel incredibly lucky to have my own studio on Mt Tamborine, Queensland and have been able to teach, provide workshops and sell work throughout the year. I feel for my fellow artists doing it tough through COVID restrictions. Remember, every time you purchase handmade you are supporting the arts and WE THANK YOU!

It was a busy year for me creating loads of new teapots; experimenting with coloured porcelain clay for jewellery; organising two exhibitions for Ceramic Arts Qld and oh yeah…I got married to the love of my life! #happydance

As a way of bringing in the new year with style I will be offering a 2022 PJ Pottery Teapot Calendar Every month features an image of a unique handmade teapot that I have made this year with a few from the archive. The A4 calendar will cost $25 and includes postage within Australia.

If you would like to pre-order please email me at

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Winter at the studio

We are all rugged up on Tamborine Mountain, wood smoke fills the evening air but it’s been snug and cosy at the PJ Pottery Studio and my wonderful enthusiastic students have just finished term 2 classes. I am so proud of their progress and some magic pots have been created over the last 10 weeks. Check out these amazing works including some marvellous monsters from a children’s pottery workshop I conducted in April with Scenic Rim Regional Council

Don’t forget my WINTER SALE of handmade jewellery ends last day of June – HAPPY SHOPPING!

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autumn classes @ pj pottery

This is when I would normally let you know about booking in for next term’s classes but, well, they are full 😲 ☺️

There are 2 spaces left in the Casual Clay Class starting Thursday April 22 check it out HERE

If you want to go on the waiting list for next term or for future workshops please get in touch