Roy Chandra (Snow Monkey Pottery) is currently a Diploma student at TAFE Brookvale studying Visual Arts in Ceramics. He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and migrated to Sydney in 2005. He has been working with clay for about 3 years, and within this time, he has been featured in many art and ceramic competitions, including Emerging Artist Craft NSW, Port Hacking Potters National Competition and the Muswellbrook Art Prize.
His ceramic works are largely inspired by Japanese Pottery, however he often experiments with many different styles, including more contemporary forms and designs. His tableware originates from a deep appreciation of Nature, and many of his pieces spring from the tension between natural forms and more utilitarian constructs. He strongly connects with wheel-thrown ceramics, and he has a deep recognition for re-using and recycling raw materials, which again relates to his respect for Nature.
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
My first encounter with ceramics originated with a community pottery class in North Sydney. I fell in love with it. So much so that I bought a second-hand pottery wheel from Bateman's Bay after 2 lessons, and the rest is history.
Describe the last thing you made?
The last thing I made were Japanese-inspired bowls and plates, made of stoneware with ash-glaze. The more I make these, the more I come to understand Japanese Zen philosophy.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
I adore Sandy Lockwood's works and I think everyone should follow her on Instagram.
Tell us about your dream project ambitions?!
My ambition is to create a local pottery training space where makers can come to learn and make their own works. At the moment, I am working with a Japanese Ikebana teacher and her students to create vessels for their arrangements, and I would love to do more of this type of work.
What is your favourite spot in Sydney and why?
The Blue Mountains is my most favourite spot in Sydney. This ranges anywhere from Glenbrook to Blackheath. I love to go bushwalking there, particularly in autumn when I can see the striking red foliage.