Ceramic Artist

Jackie Masters

By Jackie Masters, Nov 14 2018 01:54PM

It was such an honour to receive the Technical Award at the Burt Street Gallery Selective Exhibition a few weeks ago. It was chosen by independent selectors David Forrest and Janis Nedela and I am sure they would have had a difficult task with all the incredible pots on offer. The pieces that I submitted were all variations of green/black and I have to say I was very pleased with the way they turned out. It was the middle bowl that won the award. These pots are made from Southern Ice Porcelain clay and high fired to around 1300 degrees. I am one very happy potter indeed!

By Jackie Masters, Jun 9 2018 01:44PM

The Empty Bowls Project Perth (supporting meals for the homeless) is underway, so I have spent a little time today creating a few bowls to donate to this worthy cause. Making bowls of course, is just the beginning, then there is the drying, trimming, bisque firing, cooling, unpacking, waxing, glazing, kiln packing, glaze firing, cooling, unpacking, sanding, packing and delivering to go; but for such a worthy cause and there are passionate potters all over Perth (in fact this is a worldwide project) madly making bowls that wonderful Perth people will buy, fill with donated soup (from amazing restaurants and café's) and then take their new found treasured bowl home to keep! A very nice way to get a hand-made pot!


The good news is that this is an incredibly, lovely way for people to come together to ultimately help feed the people that do not have permanent homes and need food, by supporting Foodbank. It is such an honour to be a tinsy, tiny part of this big project! If you are in Perth, you simply must come along to Christ Church Grammar School on Sunday 24th June, choose your favourite bowl and eat some soup while helping others; book your preferred eating time right now at: https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=382374




By Jackie Masters, Apr 5 2018 10:47AM

What a day it has been! Setting up for the Botanica Exhibition down at the Moores Gallery in Fremantle. There are 10 amazing artists in total exhibiting and the work is exciting, fresh and diverse. With 2 lovely fellow potters, we spent the day re-painting the gallery plinths with white paint prior to arranging them and then setting up our work. It was excellent to see the gallery go from a large open space, to a structured and filled area.


There are some people to send a big thank you to and these are Natalie Acton for organising the event and pulling us altogether (even with only a month to go before baby is born), Jacek Gosalves for supporting Natalie, Danica Wichtermann for organising the payment system and Stewart Scambler for his generosity in lending us his own perfectly painted plinths (I love how potters club together!) Also, Samantha (I think) for the amazingly wonderful flyer, you are super talented indeed and your design is one that we all love so much.


Now awaiting opening night tomorrow! We are all super excited. Here are some pics of the set-up, lighting not completed yet, but still looking good!



By Jackie Masters, Mar 17 2018 02:04PM

Well…. where do I start? Maybe with the word EPIC and then START TO THE YEAR! Or maybe I should say ERIC start to the year! It all started with me, as a resident teacher at Perth Studio Potters, being asked to assist with the Eric Landon (Tortus) workshops. Basically, assisting him in running his workshop, pugging clay, talking to students, helping with lunches, cleaning up and getting to watch Eric in between all of that, not an opportunity I could pass up. So…. we chatted about my work and as he couldn’t access my website, the next day I brought some of my pieces in for him to see. He loved them and took two of them, yes, that’s right, Eric Landon of Tortus Copenhagen, loved my pots and will take them back home with him. Well, it didn’t end there, he posted a pic of my pots on his Instagram page (10/1/18) and that boosted my meagre number of followers immensely. Since then, I have worked very hard creating posts and have steadily gained followers and what can I say, I love telling a story and it seems that people must like what I am presenting. So that is the very beginning of my very pottery focussed year. More to tell as well….. soon!


Check out my Instagram page at: https://www.instagram.com/masters_jackie/

By Jackie Masters, Dec 4 2017 07:10AM

It was so lovely to meet some amazing people at Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar this weekend, even the exceptionally hot weather didn’t deter those eager supporters of handmade craft. Talking pottery for 3 days straight, to all the lovely shoppers, made it an absolute joy.


I was staggered by the number of people that were return customers, lovers of my volcanic glazes, there were a great number who came to purchase their 2nd, 3rd, or for some their 5th piece of my work, with others returning to buy for gifts. There were also a great deal of people who, fell in love with and bought their first piece and many asked if I would be back again next year.


So to all of my supporters, who braved the heat, thank you, it is for you that I make pots, I know my pieces will be going to good homes and will be cherished.


The great news is that now I have created some space in my studio, I can continue making and of course doing some more mad experiments with glazes (I just can’t help myself!)



By Jackie Masters, Nov 26 2017 01:00PM

Just where have the last few months gone? Well, they have certainly gone super fast, but have been so wonderfully filled with clay! I have tried to come up with some different things this year to showcase at the Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar, I hope to have something for everyone. I will not only have dog bowls that slow down their eating process, oven-proof bakers in which to cook cheese, but also some new volcanic pots adorned with my new experimental and vibrant glazes. So why not pop down and say hello, I am stall number 6.


2017 Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar Christmas Market

December 1-3

Friday night 5pm-10pm (the bar will be open as well as delicious food stalls!)

Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm



By Jackie Masters, Oct 8 2017 02:09PM

Formulating a new series of glazes, is a journey of discovery, one which takes you down many roads, crooked paths and is totally exciting and consuming. The last few months of intense testing has produced some incredible results which are not only rich in colour but also texture.


My idea of capturing the colours of the Australian landscape is becoming a reality. The brilliant iron reds of the outback, the intense blue of the sky and oceans, the vibrant green of the bush and the textures of limestone outcrops can now be readily seen in my work. Multiple glazes coming together on one piece, working together, blending and enhancing the shape of the thrown form, it is all quite humbling.


Below is a simple photo of pots on my bench that emerged from the kiln just a few days ago, a view from above of just some of the new colours; a pic I just love.

By Jackie Masters, Apr 25 2017 01:59PM

It was wonderful to see red dots on my work at the CAAWA Selective exhibition at Heathcote, when I popped in on Sunday.


Both pieces were the result of a very long thought and glazing process, which includes layers of slips, engobes and glazes with multiple firings. Getting all the elements to come together and then for it to survive the kiln is quite an achievement.


The blue bowl has the most brilliant matt glaze which has crystal growths throughout, making this a truly one off, unique piece. I was almost sad to see that it had sold as it was one that I would loved to have kept . But, the journey in realising this glaze was wonderful and has inspired me into yet further exploration of that particular glaze.


The lovely softness of the green glaze on the vase, with the darkness and depth of the volcanic section made this another piece that I would like to have kept.


I hope that the new owners of these pots will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.



By Jackie Masters, Feb 28 2017 02:19AM

The kiln is almost at the right temperature to open and yes, I have opened the door to assist the final degrees, even though I know I should be more patient and leave it longer. It is only a bisque firing, but I still feel like I can’t wait. I have thrown some lovely bowls and pots and I really want to meet them and handle them, that way, I can then start the long process of deciding what engobes and glazes to apply to each one. The trouble is of course, that I am a mad experimenter and take quite a lot of risks with unknown combinations of things, a bit of this and a dash of that, and oh, why not just make a whole new glaze to pop onto that pot, which can sometimes work out fantastically, or simply doesn’t quite work. I suppose that is the thrill and just part of the way that I push the boundaries.


I am trying to push for all of this to come together because I will be putting work into the Ceramic Arts Association of WA (CAAWA) exhibition which will run in March/April and I have to advise them of what I am submitting, which at this stage I have no idea as they are not finished. So, it is into the studio today to make some decisions and make a start. Hopefully they will work out and I will actually have work for sale in this exhibition, details are below.



CAAWA Members Selective Exhibition (Pippin Drysdale is the guest selector and should be there on opening night to present awards – all work will be for sale)


Opening Night: 6.00pm Friday 24th March 2017

Exhibition: 24/3/17 to 30/4/17


Heathcote Museum & Gallery is located at Swan House, Heathcote Cultural Precinct,

58 Duncraig Road, Applecross.


Website www.heathcotewa.com

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12.00pm to 4.00pm

Closed on Mondays



By Jackie Masters, Jan 15 2017 01:16PM

2017 has arrived! This year will be a different year for me as my focus will be making pots, finally, at last, after all this time, I can submerge myself in the mystical, creative wonders of clay. But first, I must reflect on the fantastic Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar Christmas Market; which was my great pleasure to be a part of. Thank you to all the amazing people that I met who were buying WA handmade gifts for friends and loved ones, it is you guys that have made a conscious decision to support our arty passions, that makes it all worthwhile.


To all those who received my carefully crafted pots as gifts, I hope you enjoy their textures, their colours the way they feel in your hands, that is just part of the charm that I hope I have instilled in them; of course, the people that bought these things generally put a lot of thought into who they are buying for, to get it just right; I just love that.


So back to the future! I don't possess a crystal ball (nor would I want to) but I can see clearly my pottery path and can't wait for this new journey to start.


I spent today starting a massive clear out of my studio and what a trip down memory lane it has been. I still have a few of the very first pots that I made, all the way back in 1994; my first wheel thrown pottery adventures at the Perth Potters Club with Cath Evans as my clay guide (what a fabulous lady!) Majolica glazed earthenware was the order of the day with the lovely white tin glaze adorned with my less than adequate attempts at decoration (thus I now work with glazes, not painted decoration as such!) It has been lovely to reconnect with where I started and my head is swimming with ideas for my new adventures in forms and glaze.


So, let it begin, let 2017 take hold of me, let the potter within come out and hopefully I will be closer to finding out for what inexplicable reason I was given this odd ability to throw pots on a wheel without really being taught; a process of which I am still in awe and can't quite believe.



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