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Larissa Warren

The volcanic clays of Tamborine Mountain

Traditional owners are the Wangerriburra people who speak Yugambeh. The Yugambeh language is the origin of the name Tamborine, which means wild lime and refers to the finger lime trees that grow on the mountain.

Larissa will be bringing a collection of processed wild clays and will demonstrate how she combines them with commercial clays in her wheel thrown and hand-built pots.

Larissa Warren is a ceramicist and art teacher. Her practice is driven by a fascination with clays and minerals, the layers of the earth, and the methods by which we uncover them.

She creates from her home studio, a reclaimed underground bunker located on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland. Warren completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art in 1998 and a Bachelor of Education in 2000. In 2019, she left the classroom to concentrate on her practice full time.

She has quickly established a following through exhibitions, gallery stockists and media coverage. Recent highlights include an interview on ABC Radio National’s The Art Show (2022), exhibiting with Movers & Shapers in Women, Landscape, Sculpture at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, NSW (2021) and winning the People’s Choice and Special Acquisition Award for the Clunes Ceramic Award, run with the Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC (2019). Warren’s ceramics are available through the Home of the Arts (HOTA), Surfers Paradise and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

When she isn’t making, Warren can be found presenting workshops, researching and writing. Her recent investigations of local women ceramicists appear in the Queensland History Journal and Australian Journal of Ceramics.

Her next major project is Wild Women, Wild Clay. Warren will curate this national touring exhibition, which showcases 12 mid-career ceramic artists in response to local histories and clays. She will also present and demonstrate at Apmere Mparntwe, The 16th Australian Ceramics Triennale in July.

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