Potter & Director of Byron School of Clay
Byron School of Clay was founded by artist and teacher Todd Beatson who grew up on the Central Coast, NSW. After completing university he wanted to do something with his hands and joined the Slow Clay Centre in Collingwood, Melbourne. Under the tutelage of Jane Sawyer, Todd became a studio technician and began teaching classes to adults and children.
Todd moved to Northern Rivers in 2016 and launched Byron School of Clay as an entry-level pathway into ceramics, giving people the same opportunity to learn and fall in love with the craft as he had.
I am drawn to the narrative of things we use in our everyday lives, from the cups we drink out of, to the objects we display and take pride in.
Todd has a Master of Teaching from Melbourne University.
photo credit: Jules Hunt.
Kat Shapiro Wood
Artist, Sculptor & Teacher
Kat has been based in the Northern Rivers for just over ten years. The materiality of clay has most often been at the core of her study and work, and it found its ultimate expression in ceramic form, in particularly in the humble vessel. With a foundation in sculpture, ceramics was a natural extension of her work in clay.
Kat has taught traditional sculptural processes for many years, and has shown both within Australia and internationally, including as an invited artist to the 2016 International Association of Ceramics 47th Congress Exhibition in Barcelona.
Inspired by Eastern philosophy, a bowl expressed the inevitable inseparability of function and form and its subtle yet powerful effect on our everyday experience.
Kat has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney.
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