Johanna De Maine

Born in the Netherlands, Johanna De Maine is an Australia ceramicist who is now based in Meringandan West, Qld, as well as Morai, Kyushu, Japan, with her partner, Tatsuya Tsutsui, a master porcelain artist.  She has an international reputation for her finely created porcelain artworks. In a professional career spanning over 53 years, she has perfected a range of techniques through extensive study, hard work and experience to create her exquisite pieces, many of which continue to be inspired by the beautiful surrounds of the Glasshouse Mountains region as well as Japan. 

Initially gaining a reputation for her celadon and salt-glazed vessels, it has been her use of lustre glazes, especially gold, and skills in etching and carving which have seen her work continue to evolve.  

In order to realize her artform she has come to terms with hybrid or cross disciplinary practices using quasi industrial processes that are still within the economic reach of ceramists.  She has married modern technologies with an ancient craft by incorporating the use of the computer, vinyl cutter and sandblaster to facilitate an experimental approach to her work through layering.  As well as this she has added overglaze as just another layer in the ceramic continuum. 

The results have earned Johanna more than 50 awards (including the Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award and the Martin Hanson Memorial Award) and a remarkable array of accolades from acquisition into the Porcelain Museum at Jingdezhen in China through to a Churchill Fellowship. Commissions have been completed, amongst many, for Qantas; Coca-Cola Amatil and Sheraton and she has held more than 25 solo exhibitions and innumerable group exhibitions across Australia and in Japan, China, Korea, Germany and the USA.

The world-class standing of Johanna’s work is demonstrated by the collections within which her works are held, which include;

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II (presented by Premier’s Dept of NSW)

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark (presented by the Governor-General of Australia)

San Bao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen

The Porcelain Museum, Jingdezhen

Parliament House, Canberra

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Governor-General of Australia

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