My journey to ceramics was not a conventional one. My background is actually in aerospace engineering. I earned my Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and later lectured at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia where I’m originally from.
It wasn’t until we moved on to Savannah, Georgia in 2015 that I decided to take the plunge and enroll in a 6-week class and truly fell in love with clay. Here was something that enabled me to work tactilely (which was a relief from the previous ‘thinking’, or rather, ‘overthinking’ I was doing) to create something beautiful yet functional that we incorporate in our daily routines. I learned a lot about the basic fundamentals of throwing, hand building and glazing from Lisa Bradley at Savannah’s Clay Spot and would spend as many hours in her studio as possible.
Most of my pieces are wheel-thrown but I also enjoy hand building slab pieces. Probably because of my engineering background, my preference tends to be in making utilitarian pieces with good design principles. I like the idea of my pieces being used, handled, on a daily basis.
January 2020: Understanding Porcelain Online Course with Antoinette Badenhorst.
January 2018: Specialist Workshop: Functional Ware with Kazu Oba. A hands-on workshop with a focus on throwing “off-the-hump”, attaching handles, and throwing large platters.
October 2017: Specialist Workshop: Production Casting with Martin Kastner. This workshop provided an overview of the production casting process, specifically for the high-end hospitality and food industry. The scope started with how to define the problem, developing prototypes, and pattern making.
August 2017-December 2018: Enrolled in several intermediate pottery courses at Studio Arts Boulder, primarily focusing on wheel-throwing techniques (led by Aaron Winston) and hand-building (led by Willi Eggerman), Boulder CO.
May 2015-August 2017: Enrolled in several beginner through intermediate ceramic courses directed by Lisa Bradley at Savannah’s Clay Spot, Savannah GA.
Exhibitions & Collaborations:
April 2020: Function: Luncheon show organized by Good Earth Pottery (juried by Kip O’Krongly)
March 2020: SIP A Ceramic Cup Show organized by the Savannah Clay Community (juried by Jason Bige Burnett)
March 2019: SIP A Ceramic Cup Show organized by the Savannah Clay Community (juried by Liz Zlot Summerfield)
November 2018: FunctionFest at the Clay Center of New Orleans (juried by Kristen Keiffer)
February 2018: SIP A Ceramic Cup Show organized by the Savannah Clay Community (juried by Ben Carter)
Spring 2017: Designed and made a range of entrée dishes with Trang Vu and Louise Romero (both formerly from TJL Ceramics) for The Collins Quarter Bar & Restaurant, Savannah GA
Denver Botanic Gardens Gift Shop, Denver CO
Mudslingers Pottery Studio & Gallery, Louisville CO
Juni Margrie Ceramics online store
2019–current: Kids classes & one day adult/child workshops at Mudslingers Pottery Studio & Gallery
2018–current: Adult beginner and intermediate classes, and one day adult/child workshops at Thornton Active Adult Center
- Mid-fire porcelain bodies
- Wheel-thrown work with a focus on functional pieces
- Surface design techniques and carving
- Implementing good design principles for functional pieces