Ceramics Inspired by Plants


with Kelly Austin

Saturday 11th June 2022, 9am – 2pm
Morning tea and lunch included

This workshop will introduce students to fundamental design and ceramic hand building skills for the development of ceramic forms inspired by plants. Objects made will depend on the students personal interest and may range from a simple cone-shaped planter (think terra-cotta garden pot) through to a flower brick (think Joan Bruneau, Ben Carter or Delftware), or to sculpture (think Marea Gazzard, Barbara Hepworth or Linda Lopez).

Design skills including observation, simple sketching and maquette making will be practiced as the student develops their intention for the ceramic work. Coil building and pinching techniques will be introduced and a plan for constructing each student’s individual form and surface will be supported by the tutor.

If you have a favourite plant, bring it along! Or perhaps a stem or clipping. Students are also recommended to bring a simple blank paged notebook, any drawing materials they may have (anything is fine from crayons to watercolours!), a simple camera (your phone is fine) and to wear clothes you are happy to get dirty in.

All ceramic materials, including firing, is included in workshop fee. No experience necessary.

TUTOR: Kelly Austin

Kelly Austin is a ceramic artist living in lutruwita, Tasmania. She completed a Bachelor of General Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada in 2011 and a Master of Philosophy from the Australia National University, Canberra in 2016. Kelly’s work has been exhibited in curated exhibitions across Australia, Canada and The United States of America. In 2018, her work received a high commendation from the Bienniale North Queensland Ceramics Awards in Townsville and in 2019, Kelly received the The National Still Life Prize from Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. In 2021, her work was included in the Women’s Art Prize, Tasmania and in 2022 was exhibited at HeidiMOMA, Melbourne. Kelly has undertaken numerous international artist residencies; and her work is held in both private and public collections internationally.


If you are unable to attend your booked workshop please notify us as soon as possible on hello@smallfiresstudio.com.au. If we are able to find someone to take your place in the workshop you will be refunded 90% of the workshop fee. If we are unable to find someone to take your place in the workshop you will be refunded 50% of the workshop fee.

If you have already attended part of a workshop there is no refund given for the remaining time / sessions / days.

If the class or workshop is cancelled by MUDDLE Ceramics Workshop then you will be refunded in full.


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