Discover Every Cup

Meet the local Australian artists, potters and makers behind ADC's 60 Cups Morning Tea. Whose cup will you take home – it’s a surprise reveal! Ebony Russell, Sassy Park, Milly Dent, OCD, Brett Stone, Denise McDonald, Katherine Mahoney and many more artists have a made a cup for you!

60 Cups Morning Tea

When: Thursday 23 May, 10am-12pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101 William Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $120
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Grab one of only 60 tickets to the hottest Morning Tea in town to celebrate ADC’s 60th year. Your ticket includes one special cup handmade by a local ceramic artist and a catered morning tea. A wonderful gift for you or the ceramics lover in your life!

Special guest host Jess Scully will interview ceramic artist Ebony Russell recently returned from showing her work at Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem, New York and design writer Penny Craswell will read an extract from her essay On Cups, from the 2024 Penguin publication The Long Lede Anthology: Stories That Want to Be Told.

List of Makers

Amanda Digby

Amanda creates contemporary ceramics inspired by nature, place, memory and the passage of time. Her works highlight the simple forms of ceramics, using earthy and subtle glazes to achieve her pieces. She is one half of Making Time, a ceramics-focused gallery founded with Serena Owen.

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Alexandra Standen

Alexandra explores the potential of clay as a ceramic form, subverting the long-held association between ceramics and utilitarian function. Alex makes things with her hands. The repetitive gesture of ‘pinching’ her hand-built forms is as much conceptual as it is an act of realisation. The conversation between materiality and form is ever-evolving with intuition and experimentation in equal parts leading to the creation of Alexandra’s forms.

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Bakehouse Studio Marrickville

Bakehouse Studio is a creative community space located in an old Marrickville bakery, also the studio of artist Lisa Hölzl. Lisa is an experienced ceramicist who crafts sculptural and unique works based around native Australian wildlife and flora. Her works are colourful and strong, with an emphasis on displaying various approaches to ceramic creation.

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Brett Stone

Originally from Perth, Brett now calls Sydney home. He has long been around potters and their pots, which has taught him a great deal about life. Ceramics show that the humble can be impressive, and he loves the calm and contemplative process of making them. His work highlights how living with handmade bowls makes you more aware of what you put in them - they are functional, simple, and unadorned, they want to be used. Brett is a founding member of Claypool studio.

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Cherie Peyton

Cherie is a ceramic artist based in Sydney. As a member of Claypool studio, she creates works predominately in porcelain, and explores both simplistic and complex styles of ceramics.

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Clare Unger

Clare combines hand-stitching and ceramics in a way that is both playful and pleasurable. She explores narratives relating to family, identity and memory while being mindful that behind the façade of beauty that hand-stitched textiles portray, lies a hidden and sometimes dark history of women.

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Cobalt and Kin

Chrystie Longworth originally trained as a printmaker but transitioned to clay, revelling in the medium and its endless possibilities. Forged with the mantra "Treasures Worth Keeping", all her pieces are imbued with a feeling of the handmade, celebrating the little details rather than competing with machine-made perfection.

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DM Pottery

Denise McDonald creates both wheel-thrown and handbuilt functional ceramics, using high quality glazes with depth and bold colour. Her elegant works strongly feature a range of iconic native Australian flora, with her signature Flannel Flower motif taken from a 100-year-old heritage stained-glass window.

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Ebony Russell

Ebony is an Australian artist who uses an unorthodox approach to construct ceramic sculptures. Her unique technique developed out of an interest in gendered aesthetics, labour and traditional craft practices. She methodically pipes porcelain in series of intricate layers to build gravity-defying forms, challenging the traditional making processes of decorative vessels.

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Emi Ceramics

The medium of clay is a great teacher of patience, meditation, ritual and beauty. For Melody Brunton the medium itself becomes a guide, imparting lessons that echo beyond the studio. The essence of her practice lies in embracing the fluidity of the process and allowing the tactile nature of clay to lead the way. Melody's practice embodies the harmonious blend of her cultural Japanese sensibility and the Australian landscapes she creates on.

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HAW Ceramics

Hayley West is an artist, designer and educator who works from a small studio on Gadigal land in Newtown, Sydney. In the last decade, Hayley has developed her practice and technical skills alongside working as ceramics technician and tutor. She has a focus on both design and functional wares.

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Ingrid Errington

Ingrid works with timber and clay to create items that are foremost utilitarian, with a precision informed by her scientific background. From this starting point she adds elements of tactility to each piece so its use is a sensory experience as well as a functional one. Her work has a strong emphasis on sustainable practice, largely using reclaimed materials.

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Public Holiday

Carly Buteux and Joe Dodd are a clay-making duo creating functional and fun ceramic vessels. With an emphasis on simplicity of form, pattern and colour, our striking pieces are made to bring joy to your everyday rituals. Every piece is hand-formed on the wheel and embraces the beauty of handmade. The natural colours and textures from stoneware clay have become a feature in the continuing development of Public Holiday’s ceramics and their signature pop of colour makes them instantly recognisable.

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Jules Irving

Jules is a Sydney-based ceramic artist, always enamoured by the possibilities of clay in her hands. Her initial encounters with clay left an immediate impression and affinity for the ephemeral and tactile qualities of the medium. She is inspired by the native landscapes she is immersed in.

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Katherine Mahoney

Through the expressive and exquisite medium of wheel-thrown ceramics, Katherine creates tableware pieces and sculptural forms that are simple yet beautiful. She uses porcelain for its whiteness and ability to make colours sing, and stoneware for its durability. Her work is inspired by the colours and textures in Sydney’s landscape, particularly sandstone.

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Milly Dent

Milly reimagines daily routine through uniquely handcrafted, exclusive ceramic goods. Handmade using small-scale production methods along with distinctive marbling and geometric pattern work, the result challenges conventional expectations of functional ceramics. The underlying philosophy is based on the simple ideal of producing work that is both utilitarian and sculptural.

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Mud Dept.

Lea Durie’s work is all about a slower life with beauty and simple richness, wherein she crafts pottery tableware and planters by hand. The work is made of earthy stoneware clays, mostly thrown on a pottery wheel. The pots are fired in a kiln twice to create the wonderful dark speckled clay and muted glaze tones.

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Object and Ceramic Design

Susan Chen is a Sydney-based ceramic artist who creates both functional and sculptural artwork. With a background in industrial design, she is meticulous about detail and considers every aspect of the creative process, from ideation to production, a significant part of the completed work. The pieces are created using the slip casting technique and finished by hand.

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Remy Pajaczkowski-Russell

Remy is a potter working on Gadigal land, where he makes wheel-thrown ceramics. Inspired by his studies in Australia and France, he developed his passion for woodfired domestic ware, slip decoration and the production of functional objects for ceremony, celebration and reflection. He often incorporates the intense and varied materials offered by the Australian landscape into his work.

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Rina Bernabei

Rina has worked in industrial design for the past 30 years and has brought her love of earthy, clean aesthetics to clay. Her work encapsulates her years of practice as a product designer as well as the relationships between handmade craft practices and digital technologies and manufacture. Her ceramic practice uses both handmade, hand-thrown and 3D ceramic printing.

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Rough Ceramics

Sarah Howes is the ceramicist behind Rough Ceramics, working from an industrial zone in Sydney's Northern Beaches. She designs and crafts each piece with a focus on creating small-batch functional wares that evoke strong design principles. She emphasises the necessity of creating work that that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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Sally Cooper

Sally has long worked in the arts but came relatively late to ceramics. For Sally, clay is a form of meditation, becoming a breathing discipline that keeps you focused and present. The infinite possibilities of a ball of clay are always presenting themselves. She is a founding member of Claypool studio, enjoying the spirit and companionship of other potters.

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Sassy Park

Ceramics is a medium especially suited to memorialising the intimacies of the everyday. Sassy's work plays with the accepted ideas of ceramics and art genres to express ideas of vulnerability and fragility. Pots speak of their own fallibility and painted figurative sculptures express empathy through her subject matter of poignant characters. Her work draws the viewer in to look more closely, to notice detail and engage with the object. Using scale and humour, Park's figures and pots reflect equally on questions of history and its representation as on the small moments of life.

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Serena Owen

Serena shows her love of traditional crafts on the surfaces of her pieces, inspired by the work of her grandmother and great-auntie – two women obsessed with crafting. She makes lava glazes to suggest the softness of crochet, and inlays fine patterns or trace oxide patterns over the surfaces of her pieces to explore stitching styles. Serena creates functional and decorative wheel-thrown ceramics, which she loves to cluster into ceramic families. She is one half of Making Time, a ceramics-focused gallery founded with Amanda Digby.

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Splendid Wren Ceramics

Catherine Field is the maker behind Splendid Wren Ceramics. Her pieces focus on functional simplicity and are made using traditional hand-building techniques from a range of stoneware clays. They are then high fired to stoneware temperatures to ensure their durability for everyday use. They feature natural, earthy glazes and no two pieces are the same.

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Studio Nicho

At its heart, Beanie Aldrett Flemings's work looks to blur the lines that divide her Western and Mexican cultural identities. She draws on an evolving visual language that explores and abstracts the colours, symbols, and histories that make up her identity. Studio Nicho translates her style into functional works, integrating art into the daily rituals and lives of those who covet the unique.

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Christina McLean’s art and design studio focuses on hand-built and painted ceramic vessels, bespoke art pieces and textile design. TRADE the MARK studio and its output is constantly evolving, like Christina herself. Her work embodies her vision, values and creativity, striving to create deeply original works fine-tuned to the natural world.

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Vicki Grima

Based in Sydney, Vicki draws inspiration from the native coastal environment. Working across various mediums, her ceramic work often focuses on pinch-style pots created from singular balls of clay. She enjoys the meditative practice of expanding and forming the clay within her hands, and the handmade beauty that can be created with fingers.

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