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Ceramic Art and Forgotten Treasures

artists and panellists

Geoff Hawkins; Jane Barrow; Maree Azzopardi; Hannah Clayton Atkin


The Hawkesbury Duck, Spencer 

time & date

10.00am - 1:00pm

Saturday 2 December 2023

fitness level

Easy - note steps leading to the Hawkesbury Duck

ticket price



  • Morning tea with Australian themed biscuits and sweet treats 

  • Panel presentations from ceramic artists, vintage specialists, and collectors

  • Bring your antiques and learn how to research their design history and value estimates

  • Meet the artists and purchase ceramic art and vintage wares.

the event
Inspirational talks from local ceramic artists and potters on art, craft, and the creative process followed by a hands-on introduction to valuing your own vintage and antiques. Geoff Hawkins’ talks about  the quality of different raw clay materials found at his home studio on Mangrove Creek and their transformation into pots and sculptural forms plus a demonstration of a few of his artistic techniques. Jane Barrow, ceramicist from Mooney Mooney will present her recent range of functional ceramics including drinking vessels and bowls. Maree Azzopardi provides an insight into creating her pigment drenched ceramic pieces. Bring your own collection items and gain an insight into researching the history and value of your pieces in a mini--workshop with Hannah Clayton Atkin, director of Swan Deverell auctioneers. Opportunity for Q&A and direct discussion with the artists and valuer. Ceramic art and vintage wares on sale. Included is a morning tea from our specialist tea menu.

Ceramic Artist, Jane Barrow

 Jane Barrow is a ceramicist known for her unique stoneware finishes living at Mooney Mooney on the Hawkesbury River. Trained in WA Jane has spent six years as an apprentice in Bizen, Japan working mainly with Isezaki Mitsuru. Her work is in permanent collections in the National Gallery and the Art Gallery and private collections internationally. She currently teaches art and ceramics at Newcastle, Ourimbah and runs classes from her home studio.


Potter and Sculptor, Geoff Hawkins

Geoff Hawkins lives in Spencer and creates from his studio on Mangrove Creek. Originally an architect he takes his inspiration from the natural formations and materials in the landscape creating a range of artworks ranging from wood sculptures to clay and porcelain ceramics. He has held two solo exhibitions in Sydney and exhibited in joint exhibitions in Gosford and Newcastle.


Contemporary Multidisciplinary artist, Maree Azzopardi

Maree Azzopardi is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is in private and public collections in Australia, Italy, Malta, Sweden and the U.S., including Collezione Farhad in Rome, The French Embassy, MUZA in Valletta (Malta) and Marisa Del Re Gallery in New York. Maree has recently taken up working with clay to create the rich pigment drenched ceramic pieces featured in the Rockpool and Phoenix series. Her multidisciplinary work is a finalist in seven 2023 art prizes.


Auctioneer and Valuer, Hannah Clayton Atkin

Hannah has over 20 years of experience with fine and decorative art in museums, archives, private collections, and at auctions. She holds a BA (Honours) in Heritage Studies (Leicester, 2005); an MA (Distinction) in Museum and Artefact Studies (Durham, 2006); an LLB in Law (Macquarie, 2016); and an Antiques Diploma (Asheford Institute, 2020).  

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