Meet the maker: Jenn Johnston

Jenn Johnston

Jenn Johnston creates elegant, functional, hand crafted ceramics from a studio nestled in her garden in Mullumbimby. Both her wheel-thrown and hand-built high-fired stoneware and porcelain pieces reflect a love of gardening, travel, entertaining and contemporary design. Her approach to her work is also strongly influenced by an appreciation of Japanese aesthetics.
How did you come to love ceramics?

I did a wheel-throwing course and after the first session was completely hooked, clay was all I could think about. I get incredible satisfaction and joy I get from designing and making ceramics pieces that will be used for years to come. The possibilities when creating with clay are endless and there is always something new to learn, and challenges to overcome. 

Can you tell us a little about the pot you have made for Leaf Supply?

The planter I’ve made for Leaf Supply is slab built - I roll out large pieces of clay which I cut to size and shape them by hand. I’ve used a clay-body which has a lovely sandy texture and colour, and glazed the planters using my favourite glaze, which gives the planter a gorgeous golden hue. The planters have coasters rather than saucers - this means that plants are best watered and drained in a sink or outside, but the coaster protects the bench/table surface once the soil has drained, and importantly to me, this design keeps the lines of the piece refined as well as functional. 

Do you have a favourite indoor plant?

Until today I would have said that golden pothos or devil’s ivy was my favourite indoor plant, with their luscious leaves and curvey tendrils, and they are so hardy! But today a friend gifted me a young pilea peperomioides (Chinese money plant) and I’m in love!

Where is your favourite spot to connect with nature in Sydney?

I don’t get to Sydney all that often, but have great memories of a long weekend we spent in Tamarama years ago, and the amazing coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee. Originally being from Melbourne, the beaches and coast line of Sydney always take my breath away, it really is a beautiful city. 

See more of Jenn's beautiful work here.

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