Local potter Cath Fogarty has opened a store selling handmade ceramic art and pottery in Clovelly.
Chinaclay, which opened its doors in June, is actually part of Fogarty’s house – one of a number of former shops on Burnie Street that have been renovated to become domestic dwellings.
Fogarty had been displaying her work in the old shop window, but when she finished up her teaching job, she saw it as an opportunity to revitalise the former shopfront.
“I thought this was my time, my opportunity…to call on all of the fantastic potters I know around the place and see if they would be interested in selling their work,” she says. “There was a real need for another outlet in Sydney for handmade ceramics, because there are very few.”
Establishing Chinaclay has afforded Fogarty the luxury of cherry-picking other potters’ work. “Some of the people I have here are Australia’s best and then there are emerging potters as well. A lot of them I know personally, but now I’m starting to gather other people who I have admired from afar.”
Artists whose work fills Chinaclay’s shelves include Sandy Lockwood (one of Australia’s top ceramicists) and Susan Frost (the resident ceramic artist at the Jam Factory in Adelaide). “Her work is just so beautiful,” enthuses Fogarty of Frost. “Her thing is colour, so she creates a beautiful colour palette which runs through her work, which is really different to Sandy Lockwood, whose specialty is salt-glazed wood-firing.”
Another artist featured at Chinaclay is Penny Evans, an Aboriginal artist from Lismore and a Sydney College of the Arts alumni, whose work “has a distinct connection to her Aboriginal heritage”.
Fogarty points to the rise in collaboration between different kinds of artisans, such as ceramicists and designers. Hungarian-Australian artist Szilvia Gy?rgy, for example, makes “beautiful lights” from porcelain. “With interior design, there’s a lot of interest in people from different areas making functional things like lights,” says Fogarty.
“There’s a real range of work in the shop,” she continues. “That’s my aim really: to have a shop that profiles the finest handmade ceramics made by Australian potters and ceramic artists.”
40 Burnie Street, Clovelly
Thurs & Fri 10am–6pm
Sat & Sun 10am–3pm