am a Canberra ceramic artist working in decorative and functional majolica
ware. My pieces can be found in galleries in Canberra, Sydney Cairns and
Albury and in private collections.
graduating from the Australian National University’s School of Art I lived
in Europe, the Middle East and Asia which have all influenced my work.
in Rome for a number of years, I was always attracted to the local folk
pottery which was usually quite painterly and decorative.
the same time I started drawing informally with a friend. We spent
many evenings drawing and painting (as well as drinking and smoking as
one did in the 70s).
stints in Egypt and Indonesia, I did the odd art class, but it was not
until 1990 that I finally formalised my study at the ANU, graduating in
ceramics in 1995. I had found my medium.
current work allows me to explore colour and surface decoration . I suppose
that is why I was almost subconsciously attracted to the Renaissance, Baroque/Rococo
styles. I take basic motifs, particularly the swirls, prunts and the lustre
effects and use them in a semi-abstracted personal style. I love the idea
of using colourful and lively functional ware and have therefore chosen
these forms as vessels to decorate.
RESUME OF MY WORK TO DATE
graduating from the Canberra School of Art in 1994 I have been working
regularly on my ceramics, many of which are in collections locally, interstate
2004 - Present - Permanent at my own new gallery Mawson
1999 - July 2004 - Permanent exhibition at my own studio gallery Cuppalot
1999 - Held an exhibition of my work at Yarralumla Gallery, Weston
Park and won an award for decorative technique at ACt Potters' Society
1998 - published an article in "Potter in Australia" magazine, vol 37,
pages 26 and 27.
1998 - Held an exhibition of my work at Yarralumla Gallery, Weston Park.
1998 - Won second prize for decorative tableware (Yvonne Herzog) Award
at ACT Potters' Society Annual Exhibition.
1997- Won first prize (Doug Alexander Award) at ACT Potters' Society Annual
1997- Participated in weekend workshop run by Scottish Potter, Archie McCall.
1997- Taught ceramic techniques at Girls Grammer for two semesters.
1996 - Attended weekend workshop run by Canadian potter, Mattias Osterman
at Canberra Potters' Society.
1995 - Won encouragement award at ACT Potters’ Society Annual Exhibition
for lustred majolica work.
1993 - Selected by Ceramic Dept. Director, Alan Watt, to teach senior students
at the Narrabundah College, ACT.
1993 - Attended two-week workshop at Brindabella Community Arts Farm conducted
by Chris Haedley exploring personal narrative by inlaying coloured clays
and using sawdust firing and raku firing.
1992 - Attended weekend workshop with Pippin Drysdale covering majolica
and decorating techniques.
- 1994 Studied for Associate Diploma at the ANU School of Art. Graduated
- Attended an 8 week throwing block as an outside student at the ANU School
by Janet De Boos.
Joined ACT Potters' Society and attended weekly pottery courses. This was
my first contact with ceramics.
- Jane Crick Memorial Award for Hand-building
2003 - Merit Award - Raglan Gallery, Cooma NSW
1999 - Award for decorative technique at ACT Potters' Society Annual Exhibition.
1998 - Award for decorative tableware (Yvonne Herzog Award) at ACT Potters'
Society Annual Exhibition.
1997- First prize (Doug Alexander Award) at ACT Potters' Society Annual
1995 - Encouragement award at ACT Potters’ Society Annual Exhibition for
lustred majolica work.
media coverage of my work
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wonderful world of ceramics
ceramic artist, Monika Leone's recent Floriade exhibition at the Yarralumla
Gallery in Canberra, blended the influences of her life in Tuscany, Egypt
and Indonesia with the leafy, sunny suburbia of our National Capital.
makes her mark as a potter
Canberra region's top ceramic art award this year has gone to a Lyons potter
with less than three years professional experience.
Leone - a Potter with a difference
are hypnotherapy and pottery alike? on the surface there seems to be little
connection.But after viewing Monika Leone's pottery the difference is not
artist turns her hand to Queanbeyan
Design Plus Gallery is renowned for housing the work of some of the region's
most talented artists. So it's not surprising that Monika Leone's gorgeous
pottery pieces sit on the Design Plus shelves with pride.