Sandra Robertson is a studio potter and lives at Cooroy in the Noosa hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

She is a graduate from TAFE and Queensland University of Technology with a background in ceramics and arts management. Sandra has managed an e-commerce art gallery, curated exhibitions and written for art catalogues and publications.

Sandra re-established her studio in 2015 after a career in project management and has focused her skills on the development of local clay and makes wheel thrown functional ware. She decorates her work with local wood ash glazes and mainly gas fires in a reduction atmosphere to 1300°.
Sandra Robertson Pottery Designer

Sandra Robertson Resume

Education

2003                     Master of Creative Industries, Arts Management and Creative Enterprises:  QUT Brisbane

2001                     Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment:  TAFE, Southbank

1994 – 1997        Associate Diploma of Art, Ceramics:  TAFE, Southbank

1992                     Certificate, Introduction to Drawing:  TAFE, Johnstone

1990                     Certificate, Instructional Skills, for teaching Ceramics:  TAFE, Johnstone

1987                     Diploma of Art (d):  TAFE, Townsville

1984 – 1986        Certificate of Studio Ceramics:  TAFE, Townsville

1980 – 1981        Private ceramics tuition, Carmel Harris:  Townsville

1978                     Introduction to Ceramics:  Flying Arts, Charters Towers

Experiences

2017                      Noosa Shire Council, Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, Committee: Noosa

Spring Fever Conference, Suncoast Clayworkers: Alexandra Headland

Noosa Open Studios, open to the public: Cooroy

Australian Artists Magazine: Noosa Open Studios

Australian Ceramics Open Studio, open to public: Cooroy

Smoke on the Water, wood firing conference: Cooroy

Anagama wood firing with Shirobey Kobayashi: Cooroy

Cooroy Fusion Festival, Pottery Throwdown: Cooroy

Pottery display at Yandina Historic House Art Gallery: Yandina

2016                     Women’s Wood Firing:  Quixotica, Cooroy

Wood Fired Kiln Building with Gyan Daniel Wall:  Arcadia, Cooroy

Gaya, Brushstrokes & Fire, Tool-making and Anagama Firing with Troy Bungart and Hillary Kane:  Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Clay Arc, International wood fired ceramics conference:  Gulgong, NSW

Handmade Morocco, pottery and painting workshop, Berber artists:  Tamnougalt, Morocco

2015                     Stepping Up, The Australian Ceramics Triennial Conference:  Australian National University, Canberra

Making Culture Happen, Fundraising with the Australian Cultural Fund:  Brisbane

Public Art Professional Development Workshop for Artists and Designers:  Sunshine Coast Council

Ceramic Arts Queensland, Toolkit Series, wood firing workshop with Rowley Drysdale:  Quixotica, Cooroy

2014                     Pottery workshop, Richard Brandt: Wellington Point

Group Exhibitions

2017                     “Noosa Open Studios”, Noosa Regional Gallery: Tewantin

“Noosa Open Studios”, members exhibition at Noosa Arts and Crafts: Noosaville

“Pots in Shops”, Smoke on the Water Conference: Cooroy

“Presenters and Delegates”, Smoke on the Water Conference: Cooroy

2016                     “Belonging and Association to Place”, Cooroy Potters Annual Exhibition: Butter Factory  Arts Centre, Cooroy

“Starting the Fire”, Smoke on the Water Conference, Ceramic Centre for Excellence Inc.:  Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy

“Handmade Morocco”, painting and pottery:  Kasbah des Caids, Tamnougalt, Morocco

1993 – 1994        Old Schoolhouse Gallery:  Cleveland

1993                     Artists markets:  Cleveland

1988                     Artists markets:  Townsville

1987                     Perc Tucker Gallery:  Townsville

Awards

1992                     Pottery, open section, Art Show Society:  Innisfail

Ceramics award, Art Show Society:  Innisfail

Teaching

2016 – Current   Private tuition: studio

1992                     Raku workshop, RADF, Arts Society: Innisfail

1990                     Pottery, Adult Education Classes:  Johnston TAFE, Innisfail

Pottery, Indigenous Program:  Johnstone TAFE, Innisfail

1985 – 1995        Private tuition: studio

Commissions

2016                     Canisters with wooden lids, local clay and glazes for Cooroy Future Group Inc.: Cooroy

2015                     Canisters with wooden lids, local clay and glazes for Cooroy Future Group Inc.: Cooroy

Iconic receipt holders and stands for Cooroy Harvest Fresh:  Cooroy

Curatorial

2017                     “Pots in Shops”, Smoke on the Water Conference: Cooroy

2016                     “Belonging and Association to Place”, Cooroy Potters Annual Exhibition: Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy

Prepared and assisted with application, images, CV’s, invitations, partial setup and catering.

2009                     Gallery Young:  Seoul, South Korea

Chris Worfold, Still-life, landscape, figuration and abstraction painter: Brisbane

David Inigo Jones, Abstract painter: Brisbane

2006 – 2011        Oz-e-artcraft, an e-Commerce Art Gallery, 130 members:  Australia

1992                     Innisfail Arts Society, Regional Arts Development Fund:  Innisfail

Tribal Pottery with Lindsay Wilson: Cairns

Pottery Workshop with Peter Thompson: Kuranda

PNG Pit Firing with Barbara Hardy: Airlie Beach

Sandra’s inspiration is drawn from her travels and local environment – below are some of her local images.