June Johnstone

My inspiration comes from the goldfields area of Victoria, where I now live.

The village of Clunes is surrounded by vast open plain, ancient volcanic forms and bushland. The wide views of rolling hills inform my pallet and the seasonal changes enrich it.

My work is an interpretation of the sound and visual creations of this landscape.

In response I produce functional objects where a harmonious relationship has evolved by the combination and layering of various elements onto the clay.


Earth Forms

Work for the Fragile and Frivolous exhibition are a series of earth forms that reflect the ancient rock formations and grasslands of the goldfields region.  The textural quality of these paper clay shapes is enhanced by the use of oxides, local ochres and the intertwining of found organic materials.













This year I have been exploring coloured stains in clay body and carving and shaping wheel formed bowls.

Bowl Stoneware clay Temoku Glaze

Bowl Stoneware clay Temoku Glaze




Handbuilt Scoops - Stoneware Clay

Handbuilt Scoops – Stoneware Clay









Bowl Stoneware Clay Limestone Glaze inside bowl. Outside Bowl textured using

Bowl Stoneware Clay Limestone Glaze inside bowl. Outside Bowl textured using oxide and local ochre

Handbuilt plate Stonjeware Clay Clear Limestone Glaze

Handbuilt plate Stoneware Clay Clear Limestone Glaze









Wheel formed and hand carved bowls with an iron-based celadon glaze

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Wheel formed and hand carved bowls with an iron-based tenmoku glaze

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The focus for my current ceramic output is a selection of cups sauces and plates. I use a technique to print on paper clay which I then incorporate into the work. I collage and fragment the images. I use iron oxides as a colourant.

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I also made a series using a grogged stoneware and our own celadon glaze (left) and another series using stoneware clay, iron oxides and local ochre; then finished with Lung Chun celadon (right).

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Other examples using print techniques

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This sculptural piece uses paper clay, printing and oxides. it was awarded “Best Exhibit in the Clunes Agricultural Show, Arts and Crafts Section”


Mortar and Pestles

june8These are all hand-formed and each piece is unique. I let the clay dictate the final shape which reflects the natural environment. I use a selection of raku and stoneware clays with organic materials. They have a very long drying process before firing. I use oxides in the final process.

These are practical objects designed to be used in, and enhance any kitchen.


Soap Holders

I was commissioned to make a series of soap holders. I experimented with different clays and glazes.  Below are examples of two different shapes using clear limestone glaze over white stoneware clay.

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I will spend the first half of this making plates and bowls for my new home which I am currently renovating.

I also want to continue my investigation into sculptural forms.