Will's love of pottery began as a young man travelling through Central America observing the indigenous potters (Chorotega) of Costa Rica This led to a serendipitous journey on a 2-mast schooner which ended in Australia and thus began a lifelong fascination with the untamed beauty of Australian flora and fauna. Now a Katoomba local, he spends his days immersed in the textures, forms and colours of the majestic Blue Mountains.
Will marries this inspiration with techniques drawn from centuries old Japanese and Korean artisanal ceramic practices to his work. The resulting pieces are both organic
and refined. They are perfect for treasuring or bringing the magic of ancient landscapes and craftsmanship to the every day.
Will has 30 years experience in the pottery world. After studying fine arts at both the University of Hawaii and at TAFE Bendigo, he is conversant with the following aspects of pottery:
History and Art History
In addition to being a professional potter in Bendigo and Armidale with three apprentices under his leadership, and selling his work all over Australia, Will has taught pottery classes at TAFE and workshops on the once firing method.
Will is delighted to bring his skills and experience to the Blue Mountains, the traditional land of the Darug and Gundungurra people
AT THE STUDIO
At katoomba Clay, you will find 5 Shimpo pottery wheels which allows for a maximum of 5 students per class, ensuring plenty of individual attention.
We have a large gas kiln capable of oxidation and reduction firings in addition to a Raku kiln, a wedging bench and the shelves and racks necessary to bring your creations to life.
Beginning with the basics of wedging and hand building, students will progress quickly to the challenge of centering the clay at the wheel, then pulling the clay into a shape.
All finished pieces are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.