Yukie Wathelet


Yukie started learning American raku ceramic from a well-known local ceramist in Italy in 2006. At the same time she took sculpture lessons from Dagna Graziano, in Sarzana Italy. A year later her work came fourth at the annual Sarzana open competition, with a ceramic pot depicting the theme of flower for that competition.


Yukie returned to Canberra in 2008 and joined the CPS as a member. That year she studied ceramic techniques from the world famous Hiroe Swen. Encouraged by winning the Ceramic Technical Merit Award and the Walker Ceramic Award, Yukie started specialising in hand-build works.


Yukie also attended various hands-on workshops given at the Strathnairn Arts Association, in particular the enjoyable Lindsay Oesteritter and Owen Rye workshops in 2009. The following years Yukie attended a number of workshops at the ANU, CPS and Strathnairn to further her understanding in hand-build ceramics and wood firing with Ian Jones at Strathnairn.


Yukie strives to create ceramic objects in a classic balanced style with an innovative streak reflected most prominently in her wood firing works.


Awards and prizes

2007    Sarzana fior de citta, 4th prize

2008    CPS member Ceramic Technical Merit Award

2009    CPS Walker Ceramic Award

2010    Royal Canberra Show firing challenge, 2nd prize

2011    Royal Canberra Show hand-build, 2nd prize

2012    Royal Canberra Show firing challenge, 2nd prize

2012    Royal Canberra Show hand-build, 1st prize

2012    Royal Canberra Show hand-build champion

2012    Royal Canberra Show overall reserve champion
2014 @CPS (Canberra potters' society ) members exhibition @@ Craft ACT Award